Do your kids constantly ask for a pet? Are you thinking of adding an animal to your family? If so, now might be the time to fulfil their wishes.
Owning a pet is a highly rewarding experience for a child, teaching them valuable life skills surrounding responsibility and patience while bringing years of joy. However, pet ownership is no easy feat and will require your children to be properly educated on how to handle and care for their creature.
It’s important to do some research first to figure out which animal is best suited to your family. To help you out, we’ve selected some of the best animals for children to have as pets.
The classic children’s pet and man’s best friend, dogs have always been a firm family favourite. With playful, gentle, and loving personalities, they are great for children – especially kids with high energy levels!
However, it is important to choose a breed of dog that is known for being good around children. Typically, breeds like Labradors, Poodles, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers are very playful and friendly with children. Pugs and French Bulldogs are also great additions to families due to their loving nature.
If you decide to get a dog, you’ll need a variety of equipment, which you’ll need to factor in when making your decision. Essential items include an appropriately sized dog crate and bedding, food and water bowls, a collar and leash, and toys.
While the appeal of cold-blooded creatures may not be as obvious as their furry counterparts, they can make very good pets. Remember, you are likely to outlive your pets, so children can become upset should their best friend suddenly pass.
However, tortoises, for example, can live more than 50 years, meaning they’ll be a part of your family for a very long time should they be looked after properly. Even bearded dragons are a popular choice due to their preference for human contact. While requiring a high level of care and a particular diet, they are a great learning experience for the kids.
As an added bonus, reptiles are nonallergenic, which is great for children who may be allergic to animals with fur or hair. Just make sure to research care requirements carefully as some reptiles can easily transmit salmonella.
If you’re not the biggest fan of mice or rats, worry not! There are other types of smaller animals in this category that may take your fancy. For example, guinea pigs, gerbils, and hamsters are all friendly creatures that can live in a fairly small space and are easy to care for.
If the thought of rats doesn’t faze you however then you should definitely consider getting one as a pet. They are highly intelligent creatures and enjoy human companionship.
It is important to note that smaller animals don’t always appreciate being handled and if they feel threatened they may bite. Therefore, if your children are quite young or don’t have the patience to properly care for these animals, it may not be the best choice.