How to choose appropriate pet for your family {Guest Post by Emma Lawson}

If you have already decided to get a pet for your kids and your family and you’re well-aware of the benefits, we shall help you glide through the process of choosing the ideal goofball for your household. Their presence, cordial disposition and loyalty can have an overall therapeutic effect and boost children’s social and emotional skills.
Which one to get?
Although cats and dogs usually spring to mind of many people when we say pets, the choice is not as narrow as it may seem.

  • Dogs seem like a no-brainer option, and it often is. In general, mixed breeds are more suitable for the younglings than purebred ones. While bigger pups are less affected by kids’ erratic behavior, tiny breeds are more sensitive and may bite and bark.
  • Cats are infamous for their entitled air and naughtiness, but this really doesn’t have to be a definite verdict for them. Some breeds are better with kids, like Persians or Maine Coons.
  • Fish are not the huggable kind, but everyone can still be amused by their moving about the aquarium, and this could be a baby step in teaching children responsibility, including feeding and maintenance.
  • Guinea pigs are perfect for school children or above, as they are fluffy, adorable and good-natured, above all. Still, be watchful of your kids and instruct them about the fragility of the pet.
  • Birds can fill the house with beautiful song, and some of them are chatty too. Bear in mind that peace and quiet can be doubled with these in the room.

Adequate breeds
Some breeds are more convenient and befitting for the kiddy setting than others, so here are some suggestions related to child-proof pets. Still, take our selection as a guide and not a limitation.

  • Dogs – The honorable members of this group include trainable and group friendly breeds such as the Collies, Labradors, Golden retrievers, German shepherds, the Newfoundland and Vizsla.
  • Cats – You need some tolerant and calm breeds to keep up with your child, and this involves Birman, Himalayan, Ragdoll, Exotic shorthair, and also the above mentioned Persians and Maine Coons.
  • Fish – You’d want an eye-catching fishy, but also a long-living little swimmer that can endure the slight changes of conditions like Bettas (Siamese fighting fish), Gourami, Danios, Tetras and the good ole Goldfish.
  • Guinea Pigs – Since these are usually genial and gentle with people, the choice lies in the other aspects. For example, common American, White crested and Teddy are short-haired and low-maintenance.
  • Birds – Kids under 12 shouldn’t be left as a sole guardians of these pets. With assistance, these are the ones to consider: chirpy Canary, low volume Society finch,  colourful Parakeet, long-living Lovebirds or docile female Cockatiel.


Other matters
If some breed caught your eye, and we haven’t listed it, it’s good to proceed with other considerations to see what works best for you and your loved ones.

  • Child age: The experts recommend the minimum of 6 years of age. However, maturity and obedience assessment is parents’ call. Test your child’s actions around other people’s pets.
  • Size and extras: Although large breed are kinder, your apartment may not accommodate such breed. Have in mind that some additional accessories, toys, cage, grooming, vet costs and special food like bravecto, may be required along the way.
  • Allergies: Make sure your child is not allergic or the pet is low-shedding or hypoallergenic.
  • Lifestyle compatibility: Match up your activity levels with the pet’s needs.
  • Attitude and responsibility: Your child should know how to behave around the pet, and take involvement in the care and maintenance.
  • Where to get it: Go to a confirmed and licenced breeder.

Getting a pet is an enjoyable but also a serious enterprise. Act responsibly in the matter and honor these guidelines to provide a happy and safe environment for pet and yourself both.

Article By Emma Lawson


Emma Lawson is a mom to two boys and a proud owner of one German shepherd. She is passionate about writing and sharing positive thoughts. You can follow her on her Twitter account @EmmahLawson .

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  • Amanda
    March 9, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    There is so much to consider when choosing the right pet. I’ll have to share this post as there is a lot of indepth information here. It’s sad that most people don’t realise how much they need to consider and research before getting a pet and many people make impulsive decisions before regretting and neglecting their pets! Thanks for this post.

    • Ashley Brown
      March 9, 2016 at 8:53 AM

      That is very true, many people treat pets like they are disposable. It is sad really.

  • Rebecca Krusee
    March 11, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Good to know. Thanks for sharing. My daughter wants a cat and my son wants a dog.

    • Ashley Brown
      March 12, 2016 at 7:48 AM

      We have one of each but the cost and responsibility of a pet is crazy so I understand getting one pet at a time.

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