How Old Do You Have to Be to Buy a Pet?

Although there's no legal age that has to be reached before a person can buy a pet, it's important to be old enough to understand the commitment that comes with pet ownership, and children should always check with their parents to be sure that they are permitted to bring a pet home before purchase. Pets are a big responsibility, and one that can't be taken lightly, since buying a pet puts the owner responsible for that pet for life.

Potential pet owners must be old enough to understand the needs of the pet and how to take care of those needs. They should also be certain that they are able to devote the time required to pet ownership for exercising, feeding, grooming and play and that they have a large enough home to accommodate the pet.