So animals have always been popular gifts for kids, my brother received a puppy for his birthday from our neighbor when he was 6. That puppy spent the majority of it's life outside, alone, in a kennel because we were dumb kids who didn't think any better of it and we were also afraid of her. As a result of poor socialization as a pup, our dog is terribly behaved and even for the majority of her adult life we ignored her because she was just so wild. I don't understand why people think it's a good idea to get a pet for a young child, since most of the time the pet gets neglected and rehomed in the end. I seriously just today saw a person looking for a puppy for their 1 YEAR OLD daughter. What on earth does a baby need with a puppy? Get her a stuffed animal, she won't know the difference. When people just give kids things, they don't feel as personally responsible for it and then they just don't care.