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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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Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Puppy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Puppy
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Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten
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Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Hamster
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Cat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet
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Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig
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Betta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Hedgehog
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Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Rat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added
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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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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added
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Mouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Duck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added
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Ferret is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids