The Best Pets for Kids Anything
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The Best Pets for Kids

List Criteria: Low maintenance pets that children can help care for

List of the best pets for kids, ranked by former kids, parents, and animal lovers. This list of good pets for kids includes the most popular kids pets like cats and dogs, but also good small pets like hamsters, fish, and even lizards. The best pets for first-time owners are those inexpensive low-maintenance pets that require the most basic care, but also allow children to take on responsibility. 

This list of the best pets for children includes pet reptiles that require basic feeding, as well as small mammal pets that might allow kids to play with them and even cuddle. Vote up those animals you think make the best pets for families with children to move them to the top of the list. If you believe a kid can handle a dog, great! Vote it up - and also check out this list of the best dog breeds for kids. If you don't think children should have even the best exotic pets, vote them down. This list includes the best pets for young children and small children as well as good pets for older children. What do you think are the best low maintenance pets for kids? Use this best pets for kids list to decide if your child is ready to care of an animal!
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  1. 1
    Up 271
    Down 80

    Puppy

    96
  2. 2
    Up 270
    Down 93

    Kitten

    94
  3. 3
    Up 293
    Down 72

    Adult Dog

    88
  4. 4
    Up 191
    Down 106

    most listed
    Goldfish

    84
  5. 5
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    Down 103

    Adult Cat

    74
  6. 6
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    Down 97
    69
  7. 7
    Up 150
    Down 108
    67
  8. 8
    Up 134
    Down 134

    Parakeet

    62
  9. 9
    Up 154
    Down 97

    Betta fish

    62
  10. 10
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    Down 114
    61
  11. 11
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    Down 141
    53
  12. 12
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    51
  13. 13
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Horse

    51
    added by: finepia
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Parrotlet

    47
  15. 15
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    Down 104

    ranked low on reranks
    Hamster

    25
  16. 16
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    Down 95

    ranked low on reranks
    Rabbit

    25
  17. 17
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    Down 111
    16
  18. 18
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    10
  19. 19
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    7
  20. 20
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    4
  21. 21
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    3
  22. 22
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    2
    added by: dzisman
  23. 23
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    2
  24. 24
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    Bearded Dragon

    1
    added by: JasonEverett
    Unlike the Iguana, which is fine when a juvenile around humans, but a danger to them when ... more
  25. 25
    Up 2
    Down 3

    Pot Bellied Pig

    1
    added by: AndreaPoole-Presslor
  26. 26
    Up 2
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    new! Sugar Glider Squirrel

    1
    added by: AndreaPoole-Presslor
  27. 27
    Up 81
    Down 130

    Gecko

    1
  28. 28
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    1
  29. 29
    Up 1
    Down 4

    Prairie Dog

    1
    added by: AndreaPoole-Presslor
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