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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673 205
Adult Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Adult Dog

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623 263
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

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524 243
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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474 277
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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510 252
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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469 246
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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413 259
Betta fish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Betta fish

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478 290
Adult Cat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Adult Cat

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368 277
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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236 174
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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362 255
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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338 269
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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339 302
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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319 333
Parakeet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Parakeet

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307 291
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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326 324
Rat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Rat

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229 267
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added Leopard gecko

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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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261 300
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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289 354
Pony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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265 304
Ferret is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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256 327
Horse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added Horse

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223 288
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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246 289
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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246 325
Frog is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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72 72
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added Tortoise

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216 273
Gecko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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48 47
Duck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added Duck

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67 109
Pot Bellied Pig is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Pot Bellied Pig

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128 186
Sugar Glider Squirrel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Sugar Glider Squirrel

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25 5
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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84 187
Ball python is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added Ball python

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54 124
Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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17 103
Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog