June 12th, 2008Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin is considered as a breed belonging to the toy category of dogs. They originally were part of the household of the Chinese aristocracy and eventually found their way into the Imperial Palace in Japan. And because of its past, the Japanese Chin has always been considered as part of royalty. Breed Origins The Japanese Chin, unlike its name denotes, actually originated from China. It is a very old to

June 11th, 2008Running with Your Dog

Running with Your Dog
Most people think that a good run is all that your dog needs to stay healthy. Well, for some, yes. Running, jogging and other similar exercises can be very beneficial. But for some, they can be extremely harmful. Things to consider before putting your dog through a fitness activity Have your vet examine your dog thoroughly, paying particularly close attention to the heart, lungs, joints and ligaments. Consider you
Choosing a Sport for Your Dog
Sports and play are just as important to dogs as they are to humans. Through play and sports, we are able to get some exercise to stay fit and healthy. This is the same thing with dogs. Through play and sports, dogs are able to have something to keep them occupied, develop coordination and strength. Play and sports are also a good way for dogs to learn about their environment an surroundings. Since dogs need sports

June 11th, 2008Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso
The Lhasa Apso is a dog breed that originated form Tibet. They were originally bred to guard monasteries and alert the monks of intruders disturbing their sanctuary. Lhasa Apsos has since become quite adorable pets for most people. Breed Origins As its name denotes, the Lhasa Apso has its origins traced back to the villages surrounding the sacred city of Lhasa. It is one of the three known dog breeds coming from T

June 10th, 2008Havanese

Havanese
The Havanese is part of the family of Bichon dogs which are known for their lengthy hair but that does shed. They have been more popular in the past among the royalty of Cuba in the past, hence the name that it carries. This dog breed is also known as the Havana Silk dog. Breed Origins Although the dog breed may have a Carribbean sounding name, it actually has a Mediterranean heritage. But it was largely develope

June 6th, 2008Siamese

Siamese
Perhaps the most recognizable cat breed in the world is the Siamese. It is also one of the oldest, with a rich history as colorful as the cat itself. The sleek, vocal cat with bright blue eyes and striking patterns originated hundreds of years ago in the Kingdom of Siam (now called Thailand), where it was treated with high esteem. It is said the the kings of Siam kept Siamese cats in the royal palace. Breed Or

June 6th, 2008Manx Cat

Manx Cat
For some cat owners, their pets’ tail marks the elegance and expression of the cat. It lashes out in anger, frizz with fear, and hold high with self-assurance. Without a tail, a cat misses an indispensable part of its character. However, owners of the Manx cat do not seem to mind that, as they find the breed as equally elegant and expressive, perhaps even more, than any tailed cat. Breed Origin The Manx

June 6th, 2008Norwegian Forest

Norwegian Forest
The Norwegian Forest cat has been a companion for many homes in Norway for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. While they are called Skogkatter or Skaukatter (or, more formally, Norsk Skogkatt) in its home country, they are affectionately called "Wegies" (wee-jees) by its proud owners in North America. The Norwegian Forest has are large, longhaired, and lovable. In fact, it is actually one of the bigge

June 6th, 2008Dalmatian

Dalmatian
The Dalmatian is a very popular dog breed noted for its white coat with either black or liver spots. This well-known spotted coat is only unique to the Dalmatian breed. No other purebred breed of dog features this distinct spotted coat. It has also been known in ancient times as the Carriage Dog, known for accompanying their masters on carriages and chariots as well as in firetrucks. Breed Origins The actual origi

June 5th, 2008Ragdoll

Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is an American cat breed that has medium-length, silky, and rabbit-like coat. The term "Ragdoll" is derived from the popular misconception that these cats go completely limp and relax when picked up, more often than other cats. It is also mistaken that Ragdolls are pain-resistant because of its sturdy body. A result of years of selective breeding, the Ragdoll’s origins have been shroude