October 3, 2012

Havanese Hypoallergenic Dogs: Shedding, Characteristics

Filed under: Dog Breed — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:45 am

dogs that don t shedOne of the best-loved family dogs available is the Havanese hypoallergenic dog. They are considered a toy breed but are very energetic and sturdy.

A Havanese loves nothing more than to belong to a family and spend time playing fetch and running around playing rough with their owners. They are very playful, intelligent, easy to train, and loves people’s attention.

They have a long, silk-like, wavy coat that is odorless and does not shed. Originating from Cuba, their coat works to protect them from the intense heat in this tropical country. The Havanese coat comes in a variety of beautiful, elegant colors:

  • champagne
  • white
  • gold
  • chocolate
  • silver

Shedding and “How Big Do Havanese Dogs Get?”

This energetic breed grows anywhere between eight-and-a-half to about 11-and-a-half inches tall; they are sometimes even longer than they are taller.

Because they have long, thick, bulky coat many people wonder ‘do Havanese shed?’ The great thing about this breed is that they do not shed easily and their hair is totally hypoallergenic, meaning they are safe even for people with asthma and other allergies.

Their coat is meant to shield them from the tough sun; therefore it does not shed easily.

Havanese Dogs Characteristics and Traits

Below are some of the basic Havanese characteristics and traits unique to their breed:

  • Thought there are other dog breeds that are hairy, the Havanese coat is one that is long, silky and not wooly or too harsh in nature. Their coat may also be braided.
  • Havanese dogs are generally gentle, soft, and intelligent with a mischievous side to them. They love playing with kids, but as much as possible they like being with their real owners.
  • They have large dark-brown eyes that are almond-shaped. Their ears are set high on their head—their ears are medium sized.
  • This breed is perfect for any type of house; they enjoy small apartments as much as houses with big yards.
  • Havanese dogs are alert and will bark at the slightest feeling of a stranger drawing near.
  • They love playing with paper and may go ‘absolutely crazy’ when given a roll of tissue paper to play with!


April 27, 2012

The Top 5 Most Interesting Facts About Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogs

Filed under: Dog Breed — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 4:48 pm

rhodesian-ridgebackThe Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog is a rare dog for someone to own from a humane society, but that is how Lily came into my life. I didn’t know she was of this breed until I noticed the ridge of hair on her back reversed towards her head. I had to research this phenomenon to really understand what I was seeing. The African Lion Dog or Ridgeback was originally bred to hunt lions in South Africa and are an exceptionally sturdy breed that can tolerate heat and dry conditions.

Depending on your living situation, certain characteristics of this large dog breed can be good news or cause for concern. Before taking one into your family, consider all of them carefully.



  1. They have short, beautiful wheat-to-red color coat that has no smell. I am sure this was an advantage when around lions, but despite their extremely spirited nature, they cannot be left outside in the cold.
  2. They are described as energetic with great stamina which translates into a dog with immense amounts of energy that can jump vigorously and enjoys digging immensely. Although ours did slow down a little with age, never expect a quiet dog. This dog has an immense enthusiasm for every task and if you are a jogger or want a constant companion, this is the dog for you.
  3. They are loyal, which means if you do not socialize them, this can translate to a dog that can be too protective if not trained.
  4. They weigh around 80-90 pounds and with all the energy can be a lot of dog inside a house. Lily, my dog, cleared many a table with her tail. She was so lovable, and when worn out, would sleep, but if she still had left over energy, the house could seem too small. They are very stubborn and require a strong leader and consistent training. Luckily they live to be 10-12 years which is quite long for a big dog, so you’re rewarded for the training time spent.
  5. They do suffer from some genetic health problems, such as dermoid sinus and hip dysplasia, so if you are not lucky enough to be handed yours as a surprise, seek out a reputable breeder. And also will need to have regular veterinary care as the breed has an unusually high rate of medical problems associated with subaortic stenosis and bloat.

As with any breed, researching the breeder, understanding the characteristics of the dog that you have welcomed into your home, training, veterinary care and exercise will make a Ridgeback a successful addition. More information can be found at the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States at [www.rrcus.org].

December 10, 2011

Top 10 Most Powerful Dogs

Filed under: Dog Breed — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 1:39 am

What are the top 10 most powerful dogs? Here at 1stpetnaturals we were wondering that same question. So without further adieu, here is our list:

10. Great Dane

One of the greats in feats of strength is the Great Dane, also known as the German Mastiff. This big boy is not the tallest breed of dog on average, but on average a Great Dane holds the title at any given time. Besides holding down world records, the Great Dane combines its regal appearance with dignity, strength, and endurance.

9. American Bulldog

Stocky, well-built, powerful jaws—the American Bulldog is the original bad boy by name, but on average these dogs are social, confident, and ease with families; they bond strongly with their owners. Initially bred to be a working breed, the US bulldog subdivides into three different categories: the ‘Bully,’ the ‘Standard’ and the ‘Hybrid.’ They can handle any problem.

8. American Pit Bull Terrier

Being a cross between, as you might expect, a Pit Bull and a Terrier, the American Pit bull Terrier brings the unmistakable solid build of the terrier and infuses it with the raw, brute strength of the Pit Bull. Originally hailing from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Scotland, these soldiers of the animal kingdom even had the strength to regularly fight alongside humans in WW1.

7. Pyrenean Mountain Dog

The original guardians; the Pyrenean Mountain dog have been used for thousands of years by Shepherds to move the herd and protect it. The males can grow up to 120 pounds of pure power. You may not notice those bulging muscles under that fluffy coat of fur, but they are there.

6. Irish Wolfhound

On average the tallest breed of dog. The Wolfhound is not actually a wolf, or related to one, but rather gets its name from the fact that it was commonly used to hunt wolfs. That’s right, this dog hunts wolves.

5. Leoburger

The Leonberger gets its name from the city of Leonberg, in Germany. It is not only a large dog, but meant to mimic the lion, the city’s crest. It has a double coat, a double scooping of muscle, and double the intelligence of some other breeds. The Leonberger has a dramatic presence not unlike that of the king of the animal kingdom.

4. St. Bernard

Originally bred for rescue, the St. Bernard is a very large breed of dog that, if it needs to, will help to push that large frame of yours out of harm’s way in the midst of the dangers present in their area of origin, the Swiss Alps. Reaching a whopping weight of 240+ lbs, this is the type of dog that can not only traverse mountains, it moves them.

3. Rottweiler

large dog

Originating in Germany as the aid of butchers, the Rottweiler is arguably the most feared breed on the block. They are used by police officers, search and rescue, and even

as guard and assist dogs for the blind. Their abundant strength is enough to scare away maliciousness, or even put some fright into a natural disaster.

2. Tibetan mastiff

In Mandarin Chinese ‘mastiff’ means ‘big ferocious dog’—and if you’ve ever seen one up close you might agree that is an apt description. These dogs are massive, they exhibit ne

arly unparalleled strength, and were tied up outside of houses much the same way that horses are. They don’t run; they gallop.

1. The Newfoundland

Weighing in between 130-150 lbs, the Newfoundland is considered a giant dog by classification, capable of pulling weights well in excess of a fully-grown human being. The biggest Newfoundland dog ever recorded was over 6 feet tall and weighed in at over 250lbs. Newfoundland’s have a double (water resistant) coat and webbed feet, making them the perfect companion for fishermen, either to bring onto their boat, or use to pull one.

February 16, 2011

Living In An Apartment, Wanting A Pet?

Filed under: Cat Breed,Dog Breed — Tags: , , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:31 pm

Pet Living in ApartmentFinding the perfect pet takes a lot more than just looking for the cutest one. It takes a lot of time and consideration as you want to find the one that will suit your lifestyle. For those of you who live in an apartment and would love the company of a pet, here are a few tips in picking “the one”. These tips can help you find a pet that makes you happy, your landlord calm, and gives your neighbors peace.

Living in an apartment with a pet requires special considerations for both the pet and owner. For example, some landlords have a specific guideline to pet ownership. Some landlords do not allow their tenants to have pets in their suites, whereas others require a security deposit also known as a pet rent. So make sure you know what your landlord expects if he or she allow pets.

It is also crucial that your new pet matches your lifestyle and living environment. Sometimes, having a dog that is still potty training alone in the apartment is not the best idea. And it probably won’t make the landlord very happy either. Some pets require more attention than others.You need a pet that suits your lifestyle which means if you work long hours, you need to find a pet that does not require much attention. Regarding the living environment, some landlords allow their tenants to have a pet, but a certain size.  So selecting a certain pet is extremely crucial as you can tell. You must find the pet that suits your life style, and also meets the requirements your landlord put in place for pets.

If you have an animal, you most likely know that it requires a lot of space. Small dogs like terriers or beagles have high energy, which means they like to move around a lot. So a good amount of space is necessary for a happy pet. Make sure that if you do live in an apartment, you get a dog that does not hate to be isolated. Also note that once you find the perfect pet, keep notice of any changes in your pets behavior. Sometimes if you notice your pet is isolating their self from you, something completely new, they could be suffering from a condition, or pet depression. Also note that once you find the perfect pet, keep notice of any changes in your pets behavior. This change you notice in your pet could be linked to a condition your pet is suffering with. There are many pet medication options for your companion to treat pet depression or any other pet medical conditions.

Caring for a pet is a lot of responsibility as you have to meet their needs, and care for them to survive. Pets need space and room to grow, which is why it is necessary to find the proper accommodations. So for those of you who live in an apartment and want a pet, follow the guidelines listed above, and I’m sure you will enjoy having the company of a pet.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.