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

2
944 278
Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

3
772 357
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

4
851 370
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

5
671 404
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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725 363
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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683 361
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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679 375
Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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580 363
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

10
492 398
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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225 38
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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503 339
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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476 353
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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383 312
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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443 429
Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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461 422
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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430 403
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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461 446
Rat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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340 367
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added

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393 405
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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357 404
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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382 468
Pony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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147 129
Duck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added

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308 376
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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343 380
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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165 167
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added

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355 410
Ferret is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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335 427
Horse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added

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325 413
Frog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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301 356
Gecko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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217 360
Sugar Glider is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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118 236
Pot-bellied pig is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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61 60
Sea Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added

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148 325
Ball python is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added

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90 260
Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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60 266
Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog