5 Great Pets for Kids | The Pet Encyclopedia

When most people think of pets that are suitable for kids, they think of puppies and kitties. While these are great choices, it may be beneficial to choose a pet that is very low-maintenance and doesn't have a lot of needs. This way, your child can enjoy the companionship of a pet without a lot of hassle. The following five pets are great hands-off choices for children.

Goldfish

Goldfish

Goldfish are one of the most popular choices for children, especially younger children. Goldfish don't need a huge tank or a lot of elaborate equipment to survive. Most are happy in a small bowl with some rocks and regular feeding. Your child can put out the Goldfish flakes every day and keep the fish fed. You can help with changing the water in the fishbowl when needed.

Bird

There are several species of birds that are low-maintenance. If you get one of the varieties that is very vocal, this can lead to some funny conversations between your child and the bird. Your child can help put out food and water, and older children can assist with cage-cleaning duties.

Hamster

Hamster

Hamsters are another pet that are popular with families that have children. These guys are pretty low-maintenance and are small so even young children can interact with them when properly supervised. Hamsters are usually content to hang out in their cage and play with their hamster toys, which can be very entertaining for their human family members.

Ferret

Ferrets require a little more human interaction, but are great for older kids. These guys are bigger than hamsters, so they may not be a good choice for very young children. Most ferrets are trust-worthy enough to turn loose in the house with close supervision. You can get them out and play with them on the living room floor or cuddle them while watching television.

Mice

Some types of mice can be fairly low-maintenance and great for families with children. Their small size makes them easy to handle, even for the smallest of children. Like hamsters, most of these guys are content to hang out in their cage and play with their toys. They like human interaction, so make sure to spend time with them on a regular basis.

Pets are great for children. Having a pet gives your child someone to bond with and talk to when their human friends are unavailable. A pet also teaches your child responsibility and the concept of caring for others. Make sure that you let your child know that a pet is a lifetime commitment, and they should be prepared to take care of the pet for however long its life lasts.

A Few Dog Breeds

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Siberian Husky

Type: Dog
Size: Medium
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, smooth, very dense
Temperment: Social, energetic, very vocal

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German Shepherd

Type: Dog
Size: Large
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, smooth, very dense
Temperment: Friendly, outgoing, can be fiercely protective

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Labrador Retriever

Type: Dog
Size: Medium
Activity Level: Medium-Hi
Coat: Short, smooth, dense
Temperment: Friendly, outgoing, not aggressive