• Here, we have provided information on some of the best pets breeds of the world, especially those who are popular as household companions.
  • It present a brief look at each breed's history, characteristics and personality.

Some Facts

More households have dogs than any other pet in America — 43.5 million households, according to the American Pet Product Manufacturer’s Association. But dogs also are the pets that take the most work, time, care, and expense. Dogs need plenty of attention, regular vet care, good food, chew toys, training and socialization, and exercise. Being pack animals, dogs must feel like they’re a part of the family, or they won’t thrive. Even if they know they’re the lowest family member on the totem pole, dogs want to know their place so they can feel secure. Dogs also need basic daily maintenance.more households may have dogs than cats, but pet cats outnumber dogs in America — 90.5 million pet cats far exceed the paltry 73.5 million pet dogs! Cats are notorious for being more independent, less needy, and more selfsufficient than dogs, making them many pet owners’ pet of choice. However, not all cats are independent.

Cats antics

Q Why does my cat sometimes pace up and down along the same path for hours on end?

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Got a small Chihuahua?

Got a small Chihuahua? Get down to the ground and do your shooting there. If you're a horse lover but shorter than your horse, stand tall to get that photo. 

Head shots are always beautiful as portraits, but there's nothing wrong with full body shots, as well. When shooting facial photos, try to use a zoom lens if possible, and take plenty of close up shots. Lighting and equipment aside, professional photographers always get that one great shot because they shoot so many! 

Cameras can also distract some animals. If you cannot get your pet's attention, try having someone else (at you back) to divert their attention and keep them engaged.

Most pets, particularly those that are well trained, can pose and give you a great photo. Some pets, however, can make it difficult to get that exclusive shot. I recommend having several things handy to help you out.

1. Treats
2. Toys
3. Helping Hands
4. Patience

Cats and many other nocturnal animals have a mirror-like layer in the back of their eyes called the tapetum lucidum. This layer reflects background light like tiny searchlights and often yields a distracting glow in a variety of colors, including red, green, or yellow.
Avoiding pet photo flash eye is easy if you use as much natural light as possible during your shootings. By doing so, you can eliminate the need to employ your camera’s flash. Another tip to avoid "green-eye" is to invest in a telephoto lens. A high-quality telephoto lens will allow you to shoot close-up shots of your pet, even if he is sitting up in a tree or is lounging in an area where you can't physically get close to him. 

Think like a dog or a cat

Cats love to spend time on high places and lick the water droplets inside sinks and bathtubs. Dogs love to chew on different things and tend to give you inquisitive facial expressions when you talk to them in certain ways. There are tons of activities that are unique to cats and dog and many others that are unique to just your pet. These exceptional behaviors or personality traits make excellent photographic opportunities. When you observe something that your pet does that is uniquely him or her, that’s a great photographic opportunity.

Taking plenty of photos will increase your chance of success. Considering other composition techniques will also help, such as the Rule of Thirds or working with different angles.

'Bone voyage' as pets get airline

A new airline scheduled to take off in the US fully expects its passengers to behave like animals. On Pet Airways, of Delray Beach, Florida, all pets travel in the main cabin and owners are not allowed on board - not even in the cargo hold. The airline claims to be the first designed specifically for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets. Company founders Dan Wiesel and Alysa Binder say they got the idea while planning holidays with their pet dog. 'Handled as baggage' "Currently, most pets travelling by air are transported in the cargo hold and are handled as baggage," said Mr Wiesel. "The experience is frightening to the pets, and can cause severe emotional and physical harm, even death. This is not what most pet owners want to subject their pets to, but they have had no other choice, until now."

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Owners 'unconcerned at fat pets'

Nine out of 10 pet-owners are unconcerned about their animals' size despite an increase in overweight pets, a survey suggests. Some 62% of dog-owners and 72% of cat-owners believed they could do little or nothing about their pets' weight. More than 2,100 UK households were surveyed on behalf of the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA). A report by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals in 2008 claimed one in three UK dogs was overweight. However, in the TNS survey for the PFMA, eight out of 10 owners believed their pet was the correct weight.

But when shown pictures of animals of varying weights, just 33% of dog-owners and 23% of cat-owners said their animal resembled the "normal weight" image. PFMA chief executive Michael Bellingham said perceptions of pets' correct size were "seriously out of kilter with reality". "Pet obesity has a serious, and sometimes fatal, impact on the health and welfare of our pets. "The figures are alarming and the problem won't go away without a fundamental shift in owners' attitude to feeding their pets," he said. "It is also worrying that most owners are not aware of the problem, because they are unable to recognise a fat pet in the first place. More than a third of owners who admitted having an overweight pet said they fed it too many treats, while a similar proportion blamed lack of exercise. Only a quarter of respondents said they had ever sought advice on their pets' weight.