Updated January 13, 2019 by Lydia Chipman

The 10 Best Robotic Pets

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in December of 2017. The benefits of pet ownership are well established — from teaching kids responsibility and promoting more active lifestyles to providing therapeutic companionship and improving sleep. These robotic versions are programmed to behave much like their living, breathing counterparts, but without the need for expensive kibble, HEPA filters or trips to the vet. Some can even help you learn to code. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best robotic pet on Amazon.

10. Zoomer Hedgiez

9. WowWee Fingerlings

8. Zoomer Dino

7. Robo Alive Zuru

6. WowWee Chippies

5. Little Live Pets

4. Mattel Kamigami

3. FurReal Friends

2. Move2Play Fuzzy Flyers

1. Hasbro Joy For All Companions

Editor's Notes

January 11, 2019:

We've come a long way from the early days of animatronic pets, when the best you could hope for was a chance to impress your friends and maybe scare the bejeebers out of a living, breathing animal (or younger sibling) before the batteries died. The novelty of those fuzzy automatons wore off quickly, and many a jumping, yipping robotic dog met its end when a parent found it languishing in a remote corner somewhere with corroded batteries—and threw it out. With the development of artificial intelligence and ever-more-sophisticated locomotion technology, these robotic pets can not only move around and make noise, they can also engage a variety of lively interactions, using sensors and servos to respond realistically to their surroundings, voice commands and touch. With the addition of customizable programming, they can also "learn" to perform new tricks and engage in competitions with their robot fellows.

Lydia Chipman
Last updated on January 13, 2019 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience -- with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist -- she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new. Lydia holds a master of arts in English from Georgia Southern University, and a bachelor of arts cum laude in integrative studies from Clayton College. Her expertise is in the areas of robotics, electronics, toys, and outdoors and computer equipment.

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