parenting The Best Pets for Kids  

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List Rules 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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Puppy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Puppy

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751 236
Adult Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Adult Dog

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624 271
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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691 299
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

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585 289
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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530 325
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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541 280
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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482 295
Betta fish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Betta fish

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535 318
Adult Cat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Adult Cat

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411 310
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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412 276
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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284 220
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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380 296
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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378 338
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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Parakeet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Parakeet

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356 323
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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371 358
Rat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Rat

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324 319
Bearded Dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
JasonEverett added Bearded Dragon Unlike the Iguana, which is fine when a juvenile around humans, but a danger to them when adulthood triggers instinctive defenses/behavior, the Bearded Dragon retains an interest & balanced nature throughout its life. A ...

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Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added Leopard gecko

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A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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110 97
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added Tortoise

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320 391
Pony is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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299 338
Ferret is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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281 315
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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253 314
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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284 360
Horse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added Horse

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Frog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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Gecko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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79 77
Duck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added Duck

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Sugar Glider Squirrel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Sugar Glider Squirrel

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Pot Bellied Pig is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Pot Bellied Pig

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Ball python is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added Ball python

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Ant Farm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
rocky 35 added Ant Farm

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Iguana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
rocky 35 added Iguana

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monkey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
HannahPeterson added monkey

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Triops is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added Triops

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Sea Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added Sea Monkeys

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4 9
Madascar Hissing Coakroach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
1526245053062 added Madascar Hissing Coakroach

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Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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2 10
Trantuala is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
1526245053062 added Trantuala

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35 153
Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog