Our family has had all sorts of animals. We taught the children how to care for them and to be kind to then. As a result all of our pets have been very gentle. (This even includes the geese.) So our home has always had its fill of dogs, cats, tortoises, ducks, rabbits, geese, and occasional visitors.
The one disappointment was a pair of crab-eating macaques. We got them as juveniles and brought them up as we bring up all of our animal and bird companions - well fed and housed, clean and enjoyed. The monkeys were not one of our successes. In the first place they were very nervous and unpredictable. They were wantonly destructive. They attacked the cats. And then they started biting. When he male matured he became vicious and so we gave them away to someone who had a very large aviary. In terms of personality, they were like humans with all the stops pulled out. Sociopaths, I guess. too bad it didn't work out. They were very clever, liked their salad with dressing and would play tricks on us.
I have since learned that old-world monkeys tend to have mean traits, but that new world monkeys make fine pets.