Every kid wants a pet, and now they can have one of their own, with some, but not ALL of the responsibility. Kids will love to play with and nurture their very own furry friends this year, whether they’re interactive and learn tricks, or teach kids about animal rescue and care. From wearable friends to rideable ponies, kids will discover their new BFF in these animals packed with personality.

FurReal Ricky, the Trick-Lovin’ Pup (Hasbro)

FurReal Ricky is so realistic, it’s like having a real live puppy. Kids can help this clever pup to do fun tricks, including flipping his bone and shaking paws! Feed him treats to reward him for his tricks, or pet his back for a job well done, but just like a real dog, he may need a bathroom break. FurReal Ricky responds to sound and touch with more than 100 sound and motion combinations and features sensors on his cheeks, nose, mouth, paw, and back. He’s also soft enough to cuddle, with poseable legs to change his positions. FurReal Ricky is $129.99, and includes a bone accessory, 18 doggie treats, and a treat pouch. Suggested for kids ages 4 and up. Buy it now!

Scruff-a-Luvs (Moose Toys)

Each Scruff‐a‐Luv comes as a matted ball of colored fur with only its eyes showing, so it’s a mystery what animal kids are rescuing. The bunny, puppy, or kitty is revealed by washing the matted ball in water, towel drying the animal, blast drying it with a hair dryer, and brushing and styling its fur. Each Scruff‐a‐Luv comes with a collar, a name tag, an adoption certificate, a brush, and hair clips. Scruff‐a‐Luvs can be washed over and over again, allowing kids to play with it in the bath, role play with it, and care for it like a real pet! Each Scruff-a-Luv is $19.99, and is recommended for kids ages 5 and up. Buy it now!


Rescue Runts (KD Kids)

Rescue Runts need a home to call their own! The super soft plush puppies show up on kids’ doorstep with matted fur, dirty paws, boo boos, and fleas. Kids can care for their Rescue Runts using the included grooming kit. There are tweezers to pluck out fleas, a brush to fix their messy fur, and a towel to wipe away their tears and clean their dirty paws. Remove their bandages, perk up their ears, and make them smile to complete the transformation from ragged runt into a loving pet. Write their name on the collar and adoption certificate to make the adoption official! Each Rescue Runt is $19.99, and is recommended for kids ages 3 and up. Buy it now!

Untamed Jailbreak Playset (WowWee)

What happens when your Untamed creature gets a little too… ferocious? They get locked up! This barred enclosure comes with Infrared, an exclusive T. rex with eyes that glow in the dark and a fierce desire to escape. Kids can try to contain him but watch out, because like Miley, he can’t be tamed! At least not all the time. Pull the lever to see Infrared bust out of his cage! The play set holds up to two Untamed creatures. The play set, which includes Infrared, retails for $24.99, and is recommended for kids ages 5 and up. Buy it now!


Pomsies (Skyrocket)

Pomsies are interactive plush pets that kids can wear and take anywhere. Inspired by the pom-pom fashion trend, each Pomsies pet has a soft fur face and a tail that kids can wrap around their wrist, hair, backpack, clothing, and more. Pomsies are interactive with two modes of play: Virtual Pet Mode and Freeze Dance Mode. Pomsies make sounds and will tell kids when they are happy, sleepy, or hungry with eyes that light up in different colors. Each Pomsie retails at $14.99 and has up to 50 different reactions with sounds only kids can make happen. Suggested for kids ages 4 and up. Buy it now!


Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile (Just Play)

Inspired by the Disney Junior series, Doc McStuffins, this play set lets kids help save the pets of McStuffinsville—just like Doc! Designed for on-the-go care, the Pet Rescue Mobile is equipped with lights, music, phrases, and play medical tools and accessories, including an electronic EKG reader, a talking stethoscope, and a light and sound control panel. Doc’s pet friend Oliver is included, and kids can check his heartbeat and diagnose him with the light-up play X-ray display! Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile is $49.99, recommended for kids ages 3 and up. Buy it now!

KidTrax Rideamals Scout, Play & Ride Pony (Kid Trax)

Meet Scout, every kid’s new pony pal that combines battery-powered ride-on toy fun with real interactive play! This ride-on pony has fully motorized eyes, ears, head, and wheels, and makes more than 100 sounds and movements! It has different speed settings, and rides up to 4 mph. Kids can hear munching noises as they feed Scout, watch the pony’s ears move as they brush its mane, take Scout for a walk, and go for a musical pony ride at up to 4 mph while sounds and pony sounds play. Scout comes with a grooming brush, a carrot, an apple, and a saddlebag. KidTrax Rideamals Scout is $399. Recommended for kids ages 3 and up, and holds up to 70 lbs. Buy it now!

About the author

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.