You may think that the easiest pet of them all is the humble goldfish – and you’d be right and wrong. While they definitely don’t need walking and they won’t break the bank in fish food, you may end up spending quite a bit of time and energy just keeping them alive. This family pet will need a regular supply of aerated water and this means investing in a pump. Aquariums need regular cleaning and maintenance and this will probably all fall to you to do.
Best kid-friendly pets
Quite simply, the small mammals that need no walking, minimal cleaning and can live quite happily on family food scraps.
- Guinea Pigs
- Rats (Dr Harry’s favourite choice for a kid-friendly pet!)
But if your heart is set on something a little more interactive and you’re happy to invest the time and love on a dog or cat, these are the breeds most temperamentally suited for children:
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Cocker Spaniel
- Golden Retriever
- Great Dane
- Labrador Retriever
- Maltese/ ShihTzu cross
- American and exotic shorthair