7 Kid Friendly Pets ...


7 Kid Friendly Pets ...
7 Kid Friendly Pets ...

I like animals but not all animals are good for children. To make sure you have chosen a nice, safe pet for your child check out some of these pets below!

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Maltese Photo Credit: ses7

Kids take to this dog easy. It’s so cute and fluffy, they love to be held and to be played with. They’re very gentle with kids. They don’t snap or bite at children. Maltese’s make good house dogs!


Maltese dogs are a great choice as a family pet due to their lovable and patient nature. Being one of the smallest breeds, they are perfect for indoor living and don't require a large backyard. They thrive on companionship and are known for their ability to form strong bonds with children, making them ideal playmates. Additionally, their petite size and friendly demeanor reduce the risk of overwhelming younger kids. Regular grooming keeps their beautiful white coats clean and children can even participate, learning responsibility while caring for their furry friend. With proper care and love, a Maltese can bring years of joy to any family.



Beagle Photo Credit: fofiko

This is a small to medium sized dog. It’s long ears and droopy eyes makes them so adorable. It is recommended that you train them early because they make growl and bark once you first get them. They are playful and safe around children.


Beagles, with their gentle disposition and boundless energy, are excellent companions for active families. Known for their keen sense of smell, they benefit from lots of outdoor playtime and enjoy participating in scent games and trails. Despite their tendency to follow their nose, early and consistent training can cultivate good habits and curb any excessive wandering tendencies. They thrive on interaction and can form strong bonds with children, often becoming an integral part of family life. Their sturdy build and amiable temperament also mean they can handle the enthusiastic affection from younger family members well.



Many children like fish. Just seeing them swim around in the fishbowl or aquariam excites them. Fish are easy to take care of and very harmless. But be sure to not let the little ones over feed them.



Hamsters Photo Credit: pyza*

It would seem to me that a child’s first pet would be a dog or a cat but really it’s a Hamster. Kids love Hamsters although they don’t do much they are safe. All they require is food and exercise you know the circle wheel that they all have in their cages. Good thing they don’t grow too big, that’d be kind of scary!



I love cats. They are my favorite type of animal and cats love kids. I would only suggest to get the cat de-clawed with small children you don’t want your child getting scratched. Cats are very playful all they want to do is play, play, play. A trained cat is a very good cat.



Parrots Photo Credit: Chi Liu

I like Parrots especially talking Parrots! Children can have a great time with Parrots and they are absolutely beautiful. I believe with a young child the brightness of the Parrot can help your children identify with colors.


Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs Photo Credit: ©Pacifist

Apart of the same family as Hamsters, Guinea Pigs are also harmless and require little work. They like to be held and love children.

What pets would you suggest for a child? Do you own any of these pets? What pets did you wish you could have when you were younger?

Top Photo Credit: Chi Liu

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No offense, but parrots are TERRIBLE pets for children. Yeah, they look very pretty but they require over two hours of socialization a day and those beaks aren't just for decoration. Parrots have been known to bite children who bother them quite seriously. That and they live for 20+ years. You shouldn't get a pet just because it looks pretty. That's how so many pets end up abandoned and shelters overflowing because a clueless parent didn't do the research before bringing home a pretty pet from the pet store.

I have a maltese/poodle and she is adorable and great with little kids. She has never snapped at anyone and insists on playing with her toys all day.

I was about to suggest guinea pigs until I saw them at the end c: Guinea pigs are my favorite and really are the best for kids, mine have never bitten (hard, sometimes they nibble when I taste like food)and love to be cuddled.

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