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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930 273
Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

2
913 378
Puppy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Puppy

3
761 351
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

4
840 365
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

5
667 395
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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714 360
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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673 358
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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671 369
Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

9
573 359
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

10
486 392
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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217 35
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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473 348
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

13
498 338
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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374 309
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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440 424
Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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456 418
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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423 402
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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459 439
Rat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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340 361
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added

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393 399
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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355 400
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

22
381 462
Pony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

23
309 371
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

24
144 126
Duck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added

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342 375
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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164 163
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added

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353 406
Ferret is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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334 423
Horse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added

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324 410
Frog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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300 353
Gecko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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118 232
Pot-bellied pig is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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215 358
Sugar Glider is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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59 58
Sea Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added

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147 321
Ball python is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added

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90 257
Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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59 262
Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog