What is the Best First Pet for a Child?

Thinking about getting your child their first pet? Prepare to be excited! When it comes to the wonderful world of animals, it can be easy to get carried away. But, if you're thinking of introducing a furry friend to the household, you want to make sure that they are going to pay their way and keep up with the chores. Okay, maybe that is wishful thinking, but there is certainly a lot to consider if you are bringing a new pet into the family. Join Jaques of London as we look into lizards, figure out felines and make a decision on dogs, and ask, What is the Best First Pet for a Child?


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Every dog has his day, and if you decide to bring a pretty pup into the family homestead, you are likely to be barking with excitement. Dogs truly are man's best friend. But are they suitable for boys and girls? For both good and bad, bringing a dog into your home will have a big impact. Smiles and laughter are guaranteed, but it would be wrong to avoid talking about the huge responsibilities you have now inherited. Dogs require regular walking and will take a big bite out of your monthly expenses, whilst vacation time will require you to bear your home-alone hound in mind. But, we don't want to be cranky canines. If parents are up to the challenge, a dog will bring endless enjoyment to every member of the house. A dog is for life, and we wouldn't be without them! Be sure to research the best dogs for children to own as first pets and get ready for plenty of woofs under your roof.




Cats make for incredible companions, just like dogs. But, unlike dogs, they are more than happy to take care of themselves when it comes to getting exercise. They do however form incredibly close bonds when they feel comfortable in their new home and will go on to happily entertain themselves throughout the day. Of course, it is important to remember that cats, like their canine comrades, are not cheap. Vet bills, food and pet insurance should all be considered. But, if you can't shift the feline fascination, a cat may just be the purr-fect choice as a first pet for your children.


Hamsters and Gerbils


Big things come in small packages! When it comes to the fun, affection, and responsibilities your child will get from these little lovelies, this is certainly true. Gerbils will usually require like-minded company (another gerbil), but hamster are more than happy with their own company. As such, some hamsters play up to their loner persona and can be less fond of being touched than gerbils. However, both are a wonderful way to give your child manageable responsibilities, making these rodent rascals a perfect introduction to life as a pet owner.




Our favourite nose twitchers are sure to appeal to any bantam bunny lover. Rabbits are highly social animals, so will be happy interacting with young children. As a first pet for kids, your rabbit would also be very grateful for a house free of other animals. Rabbits can be difficult to keep, and will potentially grow quite large, so space is a must. But, with a good hutch and outdoor run, a rabbit makes for a hare-raisingly good addition to the family. Better yet, children can get involved in cleaning out the hutch – Or play with their new best friend while you take care of that.





Reptile rascals may revel in the idea of having their very own mutant turtle, but reality means scaling great heights when looking after our cold-blooded buddies. Not only do you need to know how to keep their living environment stable – this means dealing with temperature, humidity, and water levels regularly – you will also have to expect to be comfortable with creepy crawlies, their main food source. If you are happy to lend a hand, the lizard life could be for you, but we recommend slithering away from the reptiles as a first pet.



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There is nothing like buying a first pet for your child. Their initial excitement will go on to turn into a unique and special relationship with the animal world. So, what is the best first pet for a child? One that will be loved, treated responsibly, cared for correctly, and be affordable. Whatever first pet you choose, we hope that they bring furry fun and Pawsome times to your home.

Kate Luke
Head Of Brand
After graduating with a 2.1 Music degree, Kate pursued a career in the Music Industry, becoming a professional West End vocalist and a fully qualified Music Teacher, School Choir Leader and Songwriter. As one of Jaques of London’s Creative Editors, her specialism surrounds building confidence and expression through music & play—drawing upon her qualifications in Music Psychology & Child Development. As well as this, she is an accomplished blog writer and published journalist who enjoys promoting the importance of Montessori learning for all ages.
Ben Williamson
Creative Writer
Ben is passionate about Montessori learning for children and has written for many parenting publications to bring the magic of real play to families in the UK. After graduating in 2009, his career has enabled him to work in areas such as Child Development and Psychology. As a great believer that learning starts at home, he combines his experience with his own parenting style to help bring other families together.
Jess Casson
Marketing Assistant
Jess graduated from the University of York in 2022 with a degree in Sociology and Criminology; kickstarting her career in the creative marketing industry through content creation and social media management. One of these roles involved creating content for a children's holiday camp, which alongside a knowledge of Montessori Teaching, formed an interest in childhood development. Utilising her expertise in both these fields has allowed her to promote and share her passions with the online community while exploring her talent for writing and establishing collaborations.
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Interior Designer, Laura Henderson, lives in Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Taking a timeless approach to her designs and drawing on her love of colour, antiques, art, modernist furniture and photography she delivers luxurious compositions and peaceful sanctuaries within every space. Her previous experience in furniture design plays an integral role in the development of each of her projects, as does the time she spends getting to know her clients. She uses this to achieve beautiful, practical, reimagined layouts, resulting in projects that enhance a client’s lifestyle, reflecting their individual passions. To learn more see her website www.laurahendersoninteriordesign.com.

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