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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715 284
Puppy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Puppy

2
716 226
Adult Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Adult Dog

3
586 258
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

4
665 284
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

5
508 305
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

6
558 273
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

7
512 268
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

8
456 284
Betta fish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Betta fish

9
511 313
Adult Cat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Adult Cat

10
394 298
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

11
391 270
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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262 205
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

13
361 288
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

14
361 326
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

The Best Dogs for Kids

15
340 352
Parakeet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Parakeet

16
337 311
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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351 346
Rat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Rat

18
259 281
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added Leopard gecko

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302 309
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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280 320
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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308 375
Pony is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

The Best Dog Breeds for Families

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95 84
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added Tortoise

23
288 322
Ferret is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

24
273 345
Horse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added Horse

25
266 302
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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265 337
Frog is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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239 304
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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55 13
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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234 287
Gecko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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68 64
Duck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added Duck

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77 132
Pot Bellied Pig is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Pot Bellied Pig

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140 205
Sugar Glider Squirrel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Sugar Glider Squirrel

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95 213
Ball python is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added Ball python

34
17 16
Iguana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
rocky 35 added Iguana

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14 22
Ant Farm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
rocky 35 added Ant Farm

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62 149
Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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26 134
Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog