What type of pet is better to have for children: one that won't cause harm

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What kind of pet to get for a child

Kids often ask for a pet - a cat, dog, hamster, or parrot. Parents are faced with the choice of which pet to bring into the family so that the child develops a sense of responsibility.

There are many factors to consider: the child's preferences, the type of home the family lives in, the amount of free time the parents have, allergies, etc. Read the OBOZREVATEL article to find out what kind of animal is better to buy for your child.


Active, sociable, and restless dogs will become favorites of the whole family. Of course, not all breeds will be able to live comfortably in city apartments. Large dogs, such as St. Bernards, mastiffs, or huskies, need space. In addition, experts do not advise keeping dogs of fighting breeds, such as Canary Dogs, American Pit Bulls, and Neapolitan Mastiffs in apartments.

Labradors, pugs, French bulldogs, Jack Russells, corgis, and bichons will feel great in apartments. But Pekingese, according to dog handlers, are very jealous and can be hostile to children.

The dog should be brought up properly from childhood. In addition, the dog needs walking and training. It will be difficult for children to fully take over the process of caring for a dog, so adults should be prepared to take on certain responsibilities as well.


Cats are less demanding in care and more lazy. An adult cat can spend most of the day resting in a comfortable place.

Not all cats get along well with children; some do not like to be touched too much. Therefore, families with very young children are not advised to get cats.

You should also pay attention to the fact that cats can be carriers of parasites, worms, and intestinal infections.

Hamsters, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs

These are small and unpretentious animals that are easy to care for. A hamster, guinea pig, chinchilla, mouse, or rabbit is an ideal option for children of junior high school age.

Compared to cats and dogs, they require less attention and care. You just need to feed them, clean their cage, and play with them gently - that's all.

Rodents live 4-8 years, so kids will have to face the pain of losing a pet.

Fish and turtles

Aquarium inhabitants are also a great option for children. According to research, fish have a calming effect. Adults will have to clean the aquarium, but children can feed their pets.

You should be careful with turtles - they can bite. But when they get used to the owner, they allow you to stroke the shell and start eating from your hands.


Parrots are very sociable and require attention. There is a nuance - they can be too loud. Experts say that you should not put a mirror in a parrot's cage; otherwise, it can go crazy.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told which dog breeds are the most faithful.

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