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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954 389
Puppy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Puppy

2
965 283
Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

3
796 365
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

4
869 378
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

5
681 419
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

6
738 374
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

7
699 370
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

8
694 384
Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

9
590 375
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

10
243 39
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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504 411
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

12
519 342
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

13
485 361
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

14
395 325
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

15
453 438
Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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472 428
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

17
440 410
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

18
470 453
Rat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

19
352 373
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added

20
403 412
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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363 411
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

22
388 475
Pony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

23
313 377
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

24
153 135
Duck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added

25
171 168
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added