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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Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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885 366
Puppy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Puppy

3
741 340
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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816 356
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

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648 382
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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696 350
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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652 348
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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652 360
Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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564 344
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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472 380
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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461 336
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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487 325
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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363 293
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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193 31
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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428 415
Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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443 407
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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415 390
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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444 427
Rat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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332 349
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
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384 386
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 ...

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349 390
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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370 453
Pony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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334 365
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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299 363
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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157 155
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added

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319 399
Frog is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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344 397
Ferret is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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326 415
Horse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added

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132 120
Duck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added

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295 343
Gecko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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114 220
Pot-bellied pig is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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209 348
Sugar Glider is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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142 306
Ball python is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added

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51 50
Sea Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added

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87 243
Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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52 245
Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog