How to Choose a Pet for Your Children

by Briana Cameron

Owning their own pet is one of the things that children look forward to and enjoy in life. Pets can bring much enjoyment to the entire family, when you take the time to choose the pet that is right for your family. Here are some things to take into consideration as you decide which type of pet to purchase.

How Much Space Does it Need?

Dogs are a favorite choice for many families. Make sure you do research about the dog breeds you are considering before you go out and buy the dog.

Many families make the mistake of getting dogs that are too big for their home or yard. Cute little puppies can grow up into very large dogs. You would be amazed at how much food large dogs eat, so you also need to consider how much you are willing to spend on dog food.

If you buy a dog that needs to run a lot, then make sure your back yard is large enough for your dog to play in, and if you don’t have a kennel in your backyard, make sure that your fence will keep a dog in the yard. Some dog breeds are notorious for digging, and others are very good jumpers and can jump a six foot fence without any problem.

Do You Have Time for a Pet?

Pets needs lots of time and attention, especially dogs. If you work long hours and no one will be home will be home to pay attention to or care for your new pet, then make sure you get a pet that does not acquire a lot of attention.

Cats are good at fending for themselves, and parakeets make great pets, if you don’t mind listening to them chatter all of the time.

Choosing a Pet

There are many fun pets for your family to choose from. Hermit crabs are fun pets for kids. They are low maintenance and can live for many years with proper care.

Other choices include hamsters, guinea pigs, gold fish, turtles, lizards, parrots, even rabbits, if you have the space to accommodate them.

Buying a Pet

There are several places you can find pets for your family. You can look in pet stores, on Craigslist, or at your local animal shelter.

If you have ever adopted purchased a dog at your local humane society, then you may have observed first hand that dogs adopted from animal shelters can be the most loyal dogs you will ever run across. They are very happy to have a second chance at life, and they don’t forget that you rescued them.

If you do get an older dog, however, from either the shelter or another family, make sure the dog likes children before you take it home.

Bringing Your Pet Home

Before you bring your new pet home, make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies to take care of it, such as food, food and water dishes, litter box if necessary, and a toy or two.

Depending on the ages of your children, you can start assigning responsibility for the pet to your children, especially if it is their pet. They can help feed them, brush them, and clean up after them, taking turns if necessary.

Having a family pet can be fun for the whole family. Just make sure to do your homework first and if possible talk to someone who has the pet you are interested in before you bring one home. The more informed your decision, the happier you will be with your new family pet.

Briana Cameron, a pet lover all round, is currently writing for several blogs on the top of at-home pet care and veterinarian services, including

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About Rachel

I am a wife and stay-at-home mom to five children, ages 27 to 6. I am a freelance writer and the editor and publisher of


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