Pets 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
1,026 302
Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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844 389
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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929 396
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten
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717 444
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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740 393
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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736 404
Cat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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774 396
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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616 398
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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530 427
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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429 342
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig
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473 460
Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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505 379
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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541 358
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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497 446
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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495 474
Rat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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465 426
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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367 388
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added
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272 49
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet
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422 430
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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186 179
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added
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378 424
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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402 494
Pony is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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353 444
Horses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added
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321 393
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids