Pets are a group of animals kept primarily for companionship, that live in a place of residence with an owner or guardian. Goats and sheep were the first domesticated animals, but cats were the first to be kept as pets around 7000 B.C. Pets are distinguishable from work animals, livestock, and laboratory animals because their primary purpose is to provide companionship or entertainment to their owner. However, though different from work animals, pets can also be therapy animals, providing elderly or ill humans with emotional benefits and support. A wide variety of animals can be pets, the most common being dogs and cats, but rabbits, ferrets, rodents, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and arthropods are all kept as pets, as well.
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Saint Bernards are a giant breed of dog that are iconic for their gentle nature and strength that has made them famous for many alpine rescues. Originally bred for the purpose of mountain rescues and farming, Saint Bernards are one of the four Sennenhund (alpine pasture dog) breeds. Saint Bernards are known for being ‘gentle giants’ with calm, patient, and nurturing temperaments for children and companions—though they should be socialized early to prevent any fearful territorial tendencies. The Saint Bernard has a smooth or rough coat that is commonly shaded red or mahogany on white with black shades on the face and ears.
Height (Withers): 28.0”-30.0" | 71-76 cm
Height (Standing): 34.5"-37.0" | 88-94 cm
Length: 43.5"-47.0" | 110-119 cm
Weight: 140-180 lb | 64-82 kg
Height (Withers): 26.0”-28.0” | 66-71 cm
Height (Standing): 32.0"-34.5" | 81-88 cm
Length: 40.0"-43.5" | 102-110 cm
Weight: 120-140 lb | 54-64 kg
Color: Smooth or rough coat, red or mahogany coat with white, black face and ears
Temperament: Gentle giant, calm, patient, loyal, social
Uses: Working, rescue
Saint Bernard side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), laying down (side)
The Collie, one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds, is a large, agile herding dog. Originating in Scotland and Northern England, the Collie’s popularity quickly spread through Australia and North American for its skill as a livestock herding dog. There are two types of Collie, identifiable by their coat: the “rough” Collie, with a full-bodied, long coat (think: Lassie), and the “smooth” Collie, with a smoother, sleeker coat. While many Collies have remained working, herding dogs, this breed is also popular for showing and dog agility contests due to its innate ability to learn quickly.
Height (Withers): 22”-24” | 56-61 cm
Height (Standing): 29”-32” | 74-81 cm
Length: 31”-34” | 79-86 cm
Weight: 45-65 lb | 20-29 kg
Height (Withers): 20”-22” | 51-56 cm
Height (Standing): 26”-29” | 66-81 cm
Length: 29”-32” | 74-81 cm
Weight: 40-55 lb | 18-25 kg
Collie side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), laying down (side)
Abyssinian Cats are a medium-sized short-haired cat breed with a slender and alert bodies. Known for being curious extroverts, Abyssinian cats do not regularly enjoy being lap cats and prefer to be exploring and playing. Abyssinian cats have active and social personalities that are often revealed to their owners by talking and expressing affection to anyone in the household.
Body: Muscular, slender, alert ears, almond eyes
Color: Warm reddish-brown base (Usual/Ruddy), Sorrell, Blue, Fawn, Silver
Temperament: Playful, willful, active, intelligent
Abyssinian Cat side profile (walking), side (sitting), back (sitting), side (laying down)
Ragdoll Cats are a large semi-longhair cat breed with soft silky coats and bright blue eyes. Earning the name ‘Ragdoll’ because of their habit of going limp when picked up, Ragdoll cats were once thought to be pain resistant because of their extreme docility and happy demeanor. Often characterized as being ‘dog-like’ because of their relaxed and trusting attitudes, Ragdolls are calm and affectionate lap cats.
Body: Large, muscular, semi-longhair, soft and silky coat, blue eyes
Color: Seal, chocolate, flame, blue, lilac, cream
Temperament: Lovable, docile, calm
Ragdoll Cat side profile (walking), side (sitting), front (sitting), side (laying down)
Considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds, the German Rottweiler was traditionally kept as a herding dog for driving cattle and protecting humans. Medium to large in build with compact and powerful bodies, Rottweilers are good natured, devoted, obedient and committed to work. Because of their alert dispositions and their physical proportions allowing for great strength, agility and endurance, Rottweilers are now commonly used for search, guard, and police dogs.
Height (Withers): 25.5"-26.0" | 65-66 cm
Height (Standing): 34.0" | 86 cm
Length: 42.0" | 107 cm
Weight: 120 lb | 55 kg
Height (Withers): 23.5"-24.0" | 60-61 cm
Height (Standing): 30.5" | 77 cm
Length: 38.5" | 98 cm
Weight: 90 lb | 42 kg
Color: Black with defined rich tan markings
Coat: Double-coat, short, hard, thick
Use: Companion, service, working
Rottweiler side elevation (standing), front (standing), front (sitting), side (sitting), side (laying down)
The English Springer Spaniel, a close relative to the Welsh Springer Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel, is a sweet, energetic sporting dog. Historically, the Welsh Springer Spaniel was used to “spring,” where the name springer comes from, birds into the air for sport hunting. As a result of this breeding, the Welsh Springer Spaniel is accustomed to working around and with humans constantly and becomes miserable if left alone for long durations. The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a compact dog with a long, feathering brown coat with white markings or white coat with black, brown, and silver markings.
Height (Withers): 19”-22” | 48-56 cm
Height (Standing): 27”-31” | 69-79 cm
Length: 29”-33” | 74-84 cm
Weight: 45-55 lb | 20-25 kg
Height (Withers): 18”-20” | 46-51 cm
Height (Standing): 25”-28” | 65-71 cm
Length: 27”-30” | 69-76 cm
Weight: 40-50 lb | 18-23 kg
English Springer Spaniel side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), laying down (side)