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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895 372
Puppy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Puppy

2
909 273
Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

3
751 344
Guinea pig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

4
826 361
Kitten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Kitten

5
657 387
Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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705 353
Hamster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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661 354
Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

8
660 365
Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

9
565 353
Betta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

10
478 386
Box turtle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

11
492 331
Gerbil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

12
464 343
Guppy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

13
368 301
Mini Pig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
emlyt added Mini Pig

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203 34
A Shelter Pet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Siersha 2 added A Shelter Pet

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433 420
Budgerigar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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450 411
Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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419 395
Chinchilla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

18
452 433
Rat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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336 354
Leopard gecko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
dzisman added

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388 391
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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350 396
Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

22
375 458
Pony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

23
304 367
Parrotlet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

24
335 372
Hermit crab is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

25
159 160
Tortoise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Roger Meiklejohn added

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137 123
Duck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Brandie Adams Tate added

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348 402
Ferret is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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330 419
Horse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
finepia added

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320 405
Frog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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298 347
Gecko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pets for Kids

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115 226
Pot-bellied pig is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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211 354
Sugar Glider is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added

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145 311
Ball python is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Ada Bloch added

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54 54
Sea Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Aquanautis added

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88 249
Prairie Dog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Prairie Dog

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54 252
Golden Poison Dart Frog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pets for Kids
Paperboy added Golden Poison Dart Frog