What would be a good first pet for a 3 year old??

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Ana - posted on 06/05/2009

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I would say fish they are easy to take care of and my kids use to sit and just watch them for long periods of time. My kids have had all types of pets, for example, fish, dwarf rabbits, dog, cats, hamsters, birds and chinchilla. A dog or cat is a great pet but they are a big responsibility and I waited until my kids were older so that they could help with the walking or cleaning the litter box, I didn't want it to fall completely on me. Hope this helps. :)

Jaime - posted on 06/05/2009

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Yes I also agree with fish. We have had plenty of Beta fish, they are multi colour and each of my girls has there own. They sometimes put the bowls close together and watch them puff themselves up and act all tuff. We also have 2 dogs, and a cat. Both dogs are absolutely great with my girls, they are very protetive of them and follow them everywhere. They are too big for the girls to walk them (pointer, english mastiff). Although my youngest will ride on our mastiffs back just like a pony.

Dogs are a ton of work, just like having 2 more kids.....

Natasha - posted on 06/05/2009

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a golden retriever is a very good family dog. good with kids and very calm dog

Vickie - posted on 06/05/2009

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I never got any of my children pets until they started elementary school. I teaches them responsibility, they will be old enough to feed and water the dog themselves. And it is recommended if this will be the first household pet to wait till then. Most 3 year olds are still being potty trained and looks to me you have one that is still in diapers remember bringing a puppy or kitten in the family is just like a new baby. They also need trained to use the box for the cat. The dog needs to be walked, trained and a few other things. It is something to really think about.

Monica - posted on 06/05/2009

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If the pet is actually for the child maybe a goldfish would b a good start, I'll be getting my son one in the next few weeks as he keeps asking for a pet so to see how he can look after one I thougt a fish was a good start to see if he can handle a living creature, then move on to other pets which require more responsibility, I'm not sure if your child likes to help you with things but mine does and I know he would love to help cleaning the tank and filling it up and feeding it, I know it's not a pet they can touch or handle but i think it's a good start for a young child, an to know that the pet is for them they will learn the responsibility of taking care of it, the older they get the more thy wan't different pets, i.e hampsters guniea pigs which are a pain as the mother gets stuck with the responsibility as my mum did as older kids seem to loose the interest in them quicker, but at 3 yrs old i thnk it will last longer. I hope this helps

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Sarah - posted on 06/15/2014

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try hermite crabs. they are very good pets (the small ones)they crawl around on your hand and don't need much care

Gianna - posted on 04/30/2014

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I say a lizard when I was ten I begged my mom for one ( bearded dragon) but for 3 yrs olds I recommend a fish or a baby kitten!

Collette - posted on 06/05/2009

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We have a rabbit (lives outside in a hutch) and as long as you spend time with them they are wonderful, my son's rabbit does a dance in the garden each time he sees him.

Savannah - posted on 06/05/2009

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I am an animal lover and I have a dog and a cat and with two little ones is is a LOT of work. The cat is the easier of the two. I actually agree with everyone who said fish. Beta's are really pretty and they don't require much. They also don't die as quickly as a lot of goldfish.

Elaine - posted on 06/05/2009

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Defintely a fish. Not difficult to care for and our first ones (we had Sneeze and Sneeze) lasted much longer than his interest! They are calming and interesting for kids. Even if they do not make it they are easily replaced until you are ready to face the whole explanation of what happened. Sneeze 1 lived for 2 and a half years. My kids are 8 and 11 now and they have moved up to birds of their own in addition to the family dog. Next step might be a guinea pig!



Shannon is right-adding a dog is like adding a toddler in the terrible twos to your household. We added Hagen, a hound dog, to our mix after losing my precious 14 year old and 17 year old pups and I had forgotten how challenging...and it mainly falls to me so .... FISH!!!

Shannon - posted on 06/05/2009

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anything but a beagle lol! I think a dog is a nice idea but remember its like having another baby... a goldfish is great teaches early responsibility,and if it floats....just replace before she notices

Sarah - posted on 06/05/2009

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Something that they won't kill. My son is 4 and we got our cat when he was almost 3 and although he loves her most of the time he still tries to tackle or trap her and always strokes her fur the wrong way.

Alicia - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son has had a boxer since he was 2 years old. We got him the dog as a birthday gift. We've always had animals, dogs really, in our house, but this dog came into his life right at the time where he could play with the dog and not just beside him. So Trooper, our Boxer, now gets fed by my now 5 year old son, and we take him with us everywhere. It is exciting to see. Plus, my pediatrician told me that having a dog or cat in the house can cut down on allergies for the baby because he would grow immune to it. So far, so good!

Alicia - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son has had a boxer since he was 2 years old. We got him the dog as a birthday gift. We've always had animals, dogs really, in our house, but this dog came into his life right at the time where he could play with the dog and not just beside him. So Trooper, our Boxer, now gets fed by my now 5 year old son, and we take him with us everywhere. It is exciting to see. Plus, my pediatrician told me that having a dog or cat in the house can cut down on allergies for the baby because he would grow immune to it. So far, so good!

Karie - posted on 06/05/2009

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We got our first boxer pup when my youngest was 6 months old. We now have 2 boxers and a mini doxie. I would recommend a boxer to any family, they are great with kids! However, I would not recommend a dachshund to a family with small children. Ours has been raised with our girls, which are made to be respectful to animals, but she has a tendency to be a one person dog (me) and can get snippy at times. I also grew up with labs and they too were great with kids.



With our oldest (14yr) we tried hamsters, fish, frogs & turtles. With all of those I ended up cleaning and taking care of them solely. We have been able to have our 4yr old help with the dogs by brushing them, filling the water/food bowl, playing ball/tug-a-war with them and my favorite is when they fall asleep together! Hope this has helped some:)

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