pet dog

I would like to know the best way to say pet dog. I know animal familiare is "pet" but is it as simple as animal familiare canis? that doesn't feel correct. It seems to me that I need pet as more of an adjective. should I simply replace animal with canis to make canis familiaris?

p.s. I realize pecusulum might be a more specific term.
 
I guess I am as much interested in the mechanics of the grammar here. above you have "deliciae catella" two nouns together to make beloved lap-dog. In English beloved is acting as an adjective. So can I take from this that it would be appropriate to also say animal familiare canis?
 

Agrippa

Civis Illustris
"Issa est deliciae catella Publi" > free translation: "Issa is the beloved lap-dog of Publius",
but verbatim, as I see it: "Issa, the litte dog, is the darling of Publius": the little dog/catella is in apposition to Issa.

... So can I take from this that it would be appropriate to also say animal familiare canis?
I think it depends on context.
Pet dog: In my opinion the right word seems to be catellus or catella.
 
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