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 258
    Down 77

    new! Puppy

    96
  2. 2
    Up 261
    Down 88

    Kitten

    94
  3. 3
    Up 284
    Down 68

    Adult Dog

    89
  4. 4
    Up 182
    Down 102

    most listed
    Goldfish

    83
  5. 5
    Up 203
    Down 97

    Adult Cat

    75
  6. 6
    Up 182
    Down 89
    71
  7. 7
    Up 142
    Down 106
    66
  8. 8
    Up 148
    Down 92

    Betta fish

    62
  9. 9
    Up 129
    Down 129

    Parakeet

    62
  10. 10
    Up 127
    Down 107
    61
  11. 11
    Up 111
    Down 135
    52
  12. 12
    Up 105
    Down 132
    52
  13. 13
    Up 90
    Down 108

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Horse

    50
    added by: finepia
  14. 14
    Up 80
    Down 116

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Parrotlet

    47
  15. 15
    Up 186
    Down 90

    ranked low on reranks
    Rabbit

    26
  16. 16
    Up 196
    Down 101

    ranked low on reranks
    Hamster

    25
  17. 17
    Up 142
    Down 107
    16
  18. 18
    Up 125
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    11
  19. 19
    Up 106
    Down 121
    7
  20. 20
    Up 109
    Down 145
    4
  21. 21
    Up 91
    Down 121
    4
  22. 22
    Up 79
    Down 111
    3
    added by: dzisman
  23. 23
    Up 88
    Down 129

    Bearded Dragon

    2
    added by: JasonEverett
    Unlike the Iguana, which is fine when a juvenile around humans, but a danger to them when ... more
  24. 24
    Up 85
    Down 126
    2
  25. 25
    Up 80
    Down 122

    Gecko

    2
  26. 26
    Up 86
    Down 132
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