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

2
951 282
Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

3
785 359
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

4
859 374
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

5
676 409
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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732 366
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

7
689 366
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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684 379
Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

9
586 366
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

10
498 404
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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231 38
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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510 341
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

13
480 355
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

14
389 318
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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447 433
Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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465 425
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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434 405
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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465 449
Rat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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345 371
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added

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398 408
Bearded Dragon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
JasonEverett added 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 gecko is cute, but are usually nocturnal (like the hamster), which doesn't bode well for kids; they're active when normal kids are not around to see it.

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359 407
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

22
384 473
Pony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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150 132
Duck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added

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310 377
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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168 167
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added