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

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824 250
Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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757 326
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

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676 314
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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586 351
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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635 321
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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596 315
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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594 335
Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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511 321
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Betta fish

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437 339
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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322 251
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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412 315
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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412 371
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

Celebrities You Might Not Know Are Siblings

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

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134 24
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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

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

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351 354
Bearded Dragon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
JasonEverett added Bearded Dragon 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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Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added Leopard gecko

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

The Cutest Pictures of Zoey & Jasper

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341 421
Pony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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131 121
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added Tortoise

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

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Ferret is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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305 341
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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300 387
Horse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added Horse

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Frog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

Pets That Are Banned Around The World (And Why)

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

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

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Sugar Glider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Sugar Glider Squirrel

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Pot-bellied pig is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Pot Bellied Pig

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25 21
Sea Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added Sea Monkeys

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

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Ant Farm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
rocky 35 added Ant Farm

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77 200
Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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Iguana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
rocky 35 added Iguana

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7 33
Triops is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added Triops

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Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog