Pugs have been weaving their way into people's hearts for over 2000 years. Bred by Chinese royalty as companion dogs, pugs are some of the most loving and loyal of all dog breeds. Called "adorable" by some and "quite bizarre" by others, pugs are easy to spot with their squished noses, solid square bodies and tightly curled tails.
As a true companion, pugs cannot be beat. They love nothing more than to cuddle with their owner, and want to be by your side (or on your lap) virtually 24/7/365. Great travelers who always seem to get the attention they so seem to relish, pugs have a positive disposition that can draw a smile out of the coldest heart.
Personally, I couldn’t think of a better dog than my pug shadow Annie. Sweet, loyal, and always ready to play. Just wish I could hear myself think over this din!
There’s something special about a Maine Coon. With their remarkable size (they are one of the largest domestic cats), magnificent long coats, bobcat-tufted ears, and playful, intelligent personalities, Maine Coons make wonderful companions. One of the oldest natural breeds in North America, their origin is unknown, although folk tales abound! One such tale says that Marie Antoinette tried to escape France with 6 of her favorite Turkish Angora cats, and while she did not make it out of France, the cats arrived in New England and mixed with local breeds.
Known as ‘gentle giants,’ Maine Coons can weigh up to 25 lbs, although the females are generally smaller then the males. They're affectionate, loyal, and intelligent disposition makes them excellent for families with small children or dogs. Maine Coons are playful even as adults, and are known for their unusual fascination with water and their tendency to talk a lot – chattering, chirping, and especially ‘talking back’ to their humans.
Certainly among the most distinct breeds, the Siamese originated in Thailand, and the name translates to ‘moon diamond’. Legend has it that they keep away evil spirits and bring good luck to their owners and was often seen around in temples and royal households. This is a very popular breed in Europe and North America, largely due to their social nature, inquisitive nature, playfulness, intelligence, and affection. Their sleek lines, striking color contrast, chiseled aristocratic heads, deem blue eyes, and short silky coats are a type of living art.
Things to Consider:
Originally the vast majority of Siamese had seal (extremely dark brown, almost black) points, but occasionally Siamese were born with the blue (cool grey) points, chocolate (lighter brown) points, or lilac (pale warm gray) points. Points are the colors that accent the typically cream color of the cat. There are quite a few types of Siamese, including Balinese, Burmese, Colorpoint Shorthair, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, and others. Please send us a picture of your Siamese!
Siamese are one of the more vocal breeds and are typically pretty extroverted. Keep some fun toys, catnip, and loungers around for their relaxation and entertainment pleasure!
Because of their even temperament and trainability, Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog breed in the United States. Labs are people-oriented dogs, always ready for a jog, a hike or an endless game of fetch. Labs are reliable, willing and patient—a true best friend. They're eager to please, are family friendly, and have a fun loving, easy-going temperament.
Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Labs worked alongside fisherman, helping pull in nets and catch fish that escaped from fishing lines. After being crossed with Setters, Spaniels and other Retrievers, the Lab honed its skills as a true retriever. From then on, Labs were bred as an efficient retriever of game, with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of activities beyond hunting.
Special Considerations for Labs
Bengals are a man-made breed, developed in the U.S. in the 1980s by out-crossing domestic cats to Asian wildcats. The F4 generation or further out make the best pets. This wild heritage makes the Bengal a unique and challenging pet!
Bengals retain many of their wild characteristics, including their large size, muscular frames, stunning coat patterns, as well as a great need for strenuous exercise and mental stimulation. Bengals are extremely smart, but not necessarily friendly; they can actually be quite aggressive if their hunting instincts are not properly channeled.
Health Problems to Watch for in Bengals:
Special Considerations for Bengals:
Be sure to get your Bengal kitten from a reputable breeder; poorly run kennels tend to harbor contagious diseases such as ringworm, giardia, tritrichomonas, Feline Leukemia, FIV, FIP, Toxoplasma, upper respiratory diseases, and fleas. This cat needs a high quality, meat-based, canned, homemade or raw diet. Digestive enzymes and probiotics will help keep the digestive process on an even keel. Omega-3 fatty acids will keep the sensitive skin and coat healthy and the brain functioning normally. Be especially vigilant about keeping your Bengal out of cupboards and garbage cans; their keen intelligence makes them highly curious, but also means they are likely to eat things they shouldn't!
The beautiful and athletic Boxer is a friendly, intelligent, mid-sized dog. They come in fawn and brindle colors. Boxers were developed to catch and hold large wild game. Boxers are patient and affectionate as well as instinctively protective. Their short coats require little maintenance.
Health Problems to Watch For in Boxers
Special Considerations for Boxers
Boxers need plenty of exercise and an excellent nutritional foundation. Higher-moisture homemade or raw diets are great for Boxers as they reduce the risk of bloat. Supplements of special importance to Boxers include Omega-3 fatty acids to support the skin and immune systems; antioxidant Vitamins C and A to protect the joints and eyes; B vitamins to support nerve function; and digestive enzymes/probiotics for intestinal health.
Yorkies are typical terriers. Small though they may be, their personalities are big and bold. Their long silky coats are blue and tan.
Yorkshire Terriers were bred in Yorkshire, England, and were used as ratters in textile mills. But eventually the tiny dogs left their working days behind them and ascended into high society as popular lapdogs.
Yorkies are fun, adaptable, travel well, and make good pets in almost any situation. They don't need a lot of exercise, but they do need grooming and lots of TLC.
Health Problems to Watch For in Yorkies
Special Considerations for Yorkies
Due to their weak trachea, harnesses are ideal for these tough little dogs. Avoid collars, and never use a choke chain on a Yorkie. Keeping up with grooming--especially daily teeth-brushing, is essential for these beautiful little dogs. Moderate exercise will help keep their bones and joints strong. A high quality, protein-based, high-moisture diet is essential. Important supplements include Vitamin C for strong blood vessels, Omega-3 fatty acids for skin, coat, and eyes, and B-vitamins for brain and nerve support.