Well George, I beat Jade here, and you are the winner of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. I like this I get to know about these animals.... Wow big animal.....
The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog or Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund or Grand Bouvier Suisse is a dog breed which was developed in the Swiss Alps, Switzerland. The name Sennenhund refers to people called Senn or Senner, dairymen and herders in the Swiss Alps. The dogs are almost certainly the result of mating of indigenous dogs with large Mastiff-type dogs brought to Switzerland by foreign settlers. At one time these dogs were believed to have been among the most popular dogs in Switzerland. The breed was assumed to have almost died out by the late 19th century, as their work was being done by other breeds or machines, but they were rediscovered in the early 1900s.
It is a large, heavy-boned dog with incredible physical strength. Despite being heavy-boned and well-muscled, the dog is agile enough to perform the all-purpose farm duties of the mountainous regions of its origin. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Standard calls for a black, white and rust colored coat. These are big dogs.
This breed is a sociable, active, calm and dignified dog, and loves being part of the family. This breed is relatively healthy for its size; Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs have far fewer problems than more popular breeds in the similar size range. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is considered the oldest of the four Swiss breeds. It is the largest of the four Sennenhund breeds; all four have the same colors and markings but are different sizes.
this is brilliant!!
theyre really interesting and arent they lovely!!!!
They are lovely yes they are
Black Headed Caiques pronounced Kye-eek - Latin name - Pionites melanocephala also known as Monkey Parrots
Body length: 9 - 11 in
Body weight: 150-175gms
Age at maturity: 2-3 years
Life span: up to 40 yrs
Country of origin: Brazil, Equador, Peru, Bolivia
Natural habitat: Forests and savannas in tropical lowlands; only occasionally at higher altitudes.
Noise level: Moderate to loud - We must be honest Baby's noise can be ear piercing at times especially when search calling.
Cage requirements: minimum of 24" x 24" with bar spacing 5/8" to 3/4"
If you have plenty of time and energy to devote to a pet, the Black-headed Caique may be right for you! These playful little birds are among the most beautiful of the parrot family and if you can devote enough of your time to a Caique, you will be well rewarded.
Black Headed Caiques are hugely popular little parrots. In recent years, their popularity has increased tenfold.
Originating from South America/Guiana. These parrots live on a simiar diet to that of the amazon parrot.
The Black Headed caique is a fun loving, athletic parrot, with an average live span of 30-40 years.
They have a chunky build, thickly muscled and strong dexterous feet which they use for manipulating toys and food.
BH Caiques can range from 7-9 inches in height and range in weight from 135-190 grams.
They do not tend to be prone to obesity despite their voracious appetite as their activity level is very high.
BH Caiques can vocalize at a high pitch, They do scream when frightened or growl and squeal when angered.
BH Caiques are capable of a hard bite, so training is of the essence to maintain a gentle loving relationship.
They do advertise a changed or heightened state of excitement with flashing or pinned eyes showing bright red, orange or yellow irises, fluffed head feathers, a cocky march towards the object of intent and out held wings.
BH Caiques have a small ability to talk, few can talk very clearly, but they are are not renowned for their talking ability.
Baby can say a few words, hello, awright and Max, he is also a fantastic impersonator of dogs barking, sqweeking door, sqweeky toys, electric screwdrivers and drill to name a few. As for whistling he wolf whistles, whistles the theme to When the saints go marching in and the TV football programme theme.
BH Caiques love cuddling, scratches and gentle caresses of their head feathers and chest, especially thier cheeks.
BH Caiques use anything and everything as a toy, even thier own leg or in babies case his own wing!
They are very agile, love to run and hop, usually preferring not to fly.
They are also extremely fond of hanging upside down and swinging from hanging toys while flapping their wings.
They enjoy toys of all sorts and are very persistent when they see something they want.
They love interaction and also lots of stimulating toys.
BH Caiques are fun, loving, cuddly, intelligent and one of the most rewarding pets you could ever ask for, they truley are the "Clown" of the parrot world they just never seem to stop playing.
Baby loves to exercise hes fascinating to watch doing sit ups, playing with his foot toys whilst laying on his back and hopping running and jumping across the cage,
Interesting fact: Many Caique's develop the odd habit of sleeping on their backs, appearing quite lifeless, until they suddenly jump to their feet! It can be quite disconcerting.
Beautiful Birds - thanks Jade - too bad the winner doesn't get ont!
That's a great thread, Val! Thanks! Beautiful animals!
Thank Jade - it was actually Dianne's idea from her other groups. Glad you enjoy it - I surely do!
Karina P was the winner of this one!!!!
SNOWSHOE was the animal.....
and its a CAT
we havent had a cat since ive been playing hangman
a lovely suprise!!!!
Ideal Human Companions
- Families with children
- Multi-pet households
- People who want a lap cat
- First-time cat owners
- “Point colors” on the coat
- Moderate wedge-shaped head with blue eyes
- Talkative and easygoing
- Likes people
The Snowshoe is distinguished by its pointed coat, white markings on the feet and a white inverted V on the face that begins at the forehead and spreads down across the muzzle. The short coat comes in typical Siamese colors—seal, chocolate, lilac, blue, red, cream, cinnamon and fawn—and in two patterns, mitted and bicolor. Kittens are born white, and point color develops as they mature. Bright blue eyes peer out from a head shaped like a modified wedge and topped with medium-size ears that have slightly rounded tips. This is a medium-size cat with an intermediate body type that’s firm and muscular, not sleek or dainty.
The Snowshoe has the outgoing personality of both the American Shorthair and the Siamese. It may or may not be talkative. When it does vocalize, it tends to have a softer, more melodic voice than the Siamese. The Snowshoe has a sparkling and affectionate personality and likes being with people, although some can be a bit shy with strangers. It generally gets along well with other cats if it’s properly raised and socialized. The Snowshoe is intelligent and trainable.
Snowshoes have a need to be touched attitude and crave human attention. They do not handle being left for long periods of time and can get bored. Usually it is best to home 2 snowshoes to keep each other company. They are a social breed and enjoy the company of cats, dogs and children. They do not seem to be fazed by much and take everything in their stride.
The Snowshoe Temperment is one of the best in the cat world. They are brilliant with children and tolerate them well. Snowshoes have a tendancy to cuddle like babies cradled in your arms and adore attention. They are often laid back, relaxed cats with a very energetic playful side, although some have been known to be a bit more quieter and not so in your face. They make good freindly lap or shoulder cats when they are not charging about or exploring whats new.
The snowshoe cat can be stubborn at times and will push their luck, especially during teenage years. Basic disipline is important to keep your Snowshoe well mannered and enables them to feel secure. Snowshoes are intelligent and enjoy learning. They are quite capable of being trained to walk on a lead, play fetch or take part in agility. At Cat shows Snowshoe tend to show off and display their extrovert side.
The Snowshoe is generally healthy, although some may have a kinked tail or crossed eyes, remnants of its Siamese heritage. The Snowshoe’s soft, short coat is easy to groom, and the cat enjoys the attention. The Snowshoe generally weighs 10 to 12 pounds.
Snowshoes vary in price depending on pattern and if you would like to breed, show or just have one as a pet. prices start from £400- £550. Show neuters are from £500. Breeding females £600-£800 , Breeding males £800- £1000. Please contact me for international prices.
Different Pattern Snowshoes
All patterns can be shown, except for the colourpoint Snowshoes, who can be used in breeding programmes. To show with the GCCF all cats must have no white on their ears.
Colourpoint £400 pet price
Snowshoe with all over body colour and no white anywhere. They are very striking with Colourpoints and a lighter body coat, with no white. They resemble old fashion Siamese look. These cats cannot be shown, but can be used in breeding programme.
Harlequin (high white) £400 pet price
These kittens have vast amounts of white over one third of the body will be white with patterns of colourpoint. Some can be a dazzling white all over, which is very striking and different. They can be shown, but usually t
usually these are popular and are snapped up as striking pets.
Bicolour £450- £500 pet price
These kittens have varying degrees of white and colour in unique patterns, with up to a third of the body colour white. No two will be the same and the bicolour can vary. They will still have white feet and a coloured tail and points. They are often shown with GCCF providing they have coloured ears and white feet. They are excellent for breeding as they produce balane white kittens.
Mitted (low white) £450-£500 pet price
These kittens have colour all over with white slippers on front feet and white boots up to hocks on back legs. Sometimes with white on the chin. They are very close to the Show pattern and can be shown.
Preferred Show Pattern £550 pet price
These kittens are hard to come by or you will normally find boys displaying this pattern more. These kittens have a white "vee" on the face, with coloured ears and body with white slipper feet and white back boots. This pattern may well vary from cat to cat.
sorry there are loads of photos but theyre so lovely i couldnt help myself!!!
Thanks, Jade. They are so lovely! Thanks for sharing!
Sorry ive not been on the past few days
ive been searching for my boyfriend ,because he doesnt like using the phone, for a car so ive been on the phone constantly and online searching found them then i had to sort out lifts to go to veiw the cars then when we finally get one i have to ring round for insurance which is costing £4500 for the year so were going to be struggling for a year now and ive been mindind my sister then appointments yesterday!!!
but all sorted now and back to normal now
Thank you so much for all the information and beautiful photos.
Such cute cats - that's Jade!
was the animal
Guessed by George!!! AGAIN!!!!
Sardinian Anglo-Arab Horse
For many centuries Sardinia imported many horses, basing its island breed on crosses between Arabians and Barbs. Sardinia traded with North Africa so North African Barb Horses and Arabian Horses easily imported. They were the foundation stock for the present Sardinian Horses. In the 15th century, after Ferdinand of Spain (1452-1516) founded a stud of Spanish horses now called Andalusian near Abbasanta, a distinctive type of horses began to appear. The stud made stallions available to local breeders and other studs were later established at Monte Minerva, Padromannu and Mores. The horses produced became famous as tough saddle horses with great stamina. However, when Sardinia passed from Spain to the House of Savoy in 1720, horse breeding declined. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that the breed revived, when in 1908, Arabian horses were again imported to improve the stock. Later on, the introduction of Thoroughbred blood resulted in the modern Sardinian, which is now very much Anglo-Arabian in type.
These horses now have refined heads, elegantly arched light necks, good conformations, are 15.1-16.1 hh, are bay and brown. Their temperaments are bold and intelligent, but they are generally well grounded.
The Sardinian Horse is used in equestrian sports and for pleasure and show riding.
sorry everyone i couldnt find much more on these??
if anyone else can ( if anyone has the time) that would be great!!!
i dont think youd have much luck though..
Thanks Jade - next winner we'll have to start a new thread.
i know this ones massive now!!
but these are nice threads im really enjoying doing these!!!
So glad that you are Jade because so are we
George got Akita the dog
arent they ADORABLE!!!!!
The Akita originated in Japan. Unchanged for centuries, this breed is considered the national dog of Japan and a natural monument. They were highly prized, revered, and only owned by nobility and aristocracy. They are the largest of the Spitz-type breeds. Today, the Akita is a faithful companion, therapy dog, and guard dog.
Akitas are large, sturdy, and muscular. The paws are webbed which makes them excellent swimmers. They have a reserved manner and carry themselves with great dignity. They are powerful and alert, responsive and courageous. The Akita is a noble and dominating breed.
The Akita is highly intelligent, fearless, and spontaneous. They thrive on human companionship. They are extremely loyal to their family and those they know, but are wary and aloof of strangers. They are exceedingly protective of their family, their territory, and of their food. They are particularly aggressive toward other dogs and pets. They will get along with older, very well behaved children within their family unit, but will not tolerate children they don't know. They make excellent guard dogs, although they are not excessive barkers. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. For this reason, they are not well suited for a two career family. They require an inordinate amount of attention. Akitas are not recommended for the novice dog owner, or owners who are placid and submissive.
The Akita requires significant grooming with a firm bristle brush on a daily basis. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary with a mild shampoo to prevent stripping the coat of the natural oils. It is important to keep the hair on the bottom of the paws trimmed to preserve their characteristic of webbed feet. They are prone to hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, eye problems, and lupus.Akita Coat
The Akita is a double coat, waterproof breed. The outer coat is harsh, straight, and stands slightly off the body. The under coat is dense, soft, and close to the body. The hair on the head, legs, and ears is short, while the hair on the tail is long and profuse. They typically shed their coat twice a year. The Akita coat colors include pure white, red, sesame, and brindle.
The Akita requires intensive and extensive socialization and obedience training. It is absolutely imperative that they know who their master is or they will take charge. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. They do best with patience, kindness, firmness, fairness, and consistency. Akitas typically prefer to be clean and is easier to housetrain than many other breeds.Akita Activity
The Akita does not require an over-abundance of exercise. They are moderately active indoors. They enjoy play sessions with their family or other family activities. However, they will become bored and destructive if left alone for extended periods of time either inside or outside. They enjoy a daily walk, but it is vitally important they are very securely leashed and kept from encountering other dogs. They are not well suited for apartment dwellings and do best in a home with a large securely fenced yard.
Japan ( 1600's )
65 - 130 Pounds
23 to 28 inches to the shoulder
Life Expectancy information of the Akita Dog Breed
The life expectancy for this particular breed is 10 – 12 years.
Age comparison between the Akita Dog Breed and a Human
Age comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter of debate - we hope that the following information clarifies the situation. After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine a dog's age.
Thanks Jade - sorry forgot to start a new thread - next one - you can if I forget. Cute puppies and larger dog seems such a friend.
i love them i want one!!! theyre so cute and fluffy!!!
maybe a bit too bit for me to handle though????
Thanks for the article.