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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bearded Dragon is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added Leopard gecko

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Pony is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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

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

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

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Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added Tortoise

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

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Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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

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Pot Bellied Pig is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Pot Bellied Pig

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Duck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added Duck

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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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Ball python is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added Ball python

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A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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

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