Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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History: The Kai is an ancient Japanese breed that was developed as a hunting dog on the island of Honshu in the province of Kai. There, it was used as a hunter of deer and boar. It was not recognized in Japan until 1934 and is still quite rare.

Physical Description: The Kai is a sturdy, medium size dog that is similar looking to other Japanese spitz dogs. It has a broad, wedge shaped head; black nose; and small triangular dark brown eyes. The large prick ears are triangular and the tail curls over the back. It is double coated with a thick, soft undercoat and a harsh, straight outer coat. It can be black brindle, red brindle, or dark brindle. It sometimes has white on the legs, chest, and belly.

Height: 17.5 to 22 inches

Weight: 25 to 55 pounds

Temperament: The Kai is a courageous hunter with a strong prey drive but gentle and devoted with its family. It’s wary of strangers but not aggressive and gets along well with other dogs. It is known for its ability to climb trees.

Activity Level: High

Best Owner: The Kai requires an experienced active owner in the suburbs or country.

Special Needs: Exercise, fenced yard, leashed, socialization, training

Possible Health Concerns: None known








The Somali is a cat breed created from long-haired Abyssinian cats. The breed appeared in the 1950s from Abyssinian breeding programs when a number of Abyssinian kittens were born with bottle-brush tails and long fluffy coats. Abyssinians and Somalis share similar personalities — intelligent, playful, curious — however Somalis are more relaxed and easygoing than the more active Abyssinians.
The body type and markings of the two breeds are similar, however the fur length of the Somali requires more grooming than the Abyssinian. Unlike most long-haired cats, Somalis shed very little excess hair. Their coat is generally shed en masse, or "blown", once or twice a year, rather than constantly shedding like a Persian or other long-haired cat.



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Parrots, also known as psittacines ( /ˈsɪtəsaɪnz/),[ are birds of the roughly 372 species in 86 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes,found in most tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three families: the Psittacidae ('true' parrots), the Cacatuidae (cockatoos) and the Strigopidae (New Zealand parrots).Parrots have a generally pantropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere as well. The greatest diversity of parrots is found in South America and Australasia.
Characteristic features of parrots include a strong, curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet. Many parrots are vividly coloured, and some are multi-coloured. The plumage of cockatoos ranges from mostly white to mostly black, with a mobile crest of feathers on the tops of their heads. Most parrots exhibit little or no sexual dimorphism. They form the most variably sized bird order in terms of length.



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Adorable, loving and fairly easy to take care of, Axolotl’s make perfect pets. Also called Mexican Walking Fish or Water Dogs, they in fact act more like a dog than a fish. I think a fish stops being a fish when they gain the ability to walk and chew their food. Axolotl’s are fairly blind and are more than likely to try to eat any other fish that you put them in a tank with, as well as take a nip at your fingers when you feed it (don’t worry, they don’t have teeth.)





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Black Russian Terriers are more than mid-size. This rare Russian breed is robust and strong with a good nervous system. Large, powerful, stable and alert. The blocky shaped head should be powerfully built with a broad skull and a long head. The mustache and beard add to the squaring off of the muzzle. The stop should be well-defined but not pronounced. The nose is large, and fully pigmented, black in color. The lips are full, rounded and black at the ridges and the jaws are large and powerful. The mouth should be meaty and if it is not, it is a major default in the show ring. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The dark eyes are medium-sized and set apart. Rims should be black and almond-shaped. The ears are triangular in shape with a rounded apex and pendular. Cropped ears are not acceptable. The length of the ear should reach the outside corner of the eyelids. The ears are set rather high. The neck should be thick, muscular and powerful. The length of the body should be in direct proportion to the height at the withers - giving it a square look.  The whithers raise over the backline and the croup is lightly descending to a high set tail. There should not be pendulous or excessive dewlap. The very large, bear-like feet have tough, black, thick pads and the nails are large and dark in color. The body is well proportioned with the trunk outline lying within a rectangle. Length of the body should be in direct proportion to the height at the withers. Topline should be level but not appearing flat or straight. The forelegs should be set straight and well-boned. Shoulders should be large, muscular, and well developed with blades broad and sloping. Elbows should be neither in nor out. The legs should be covered with 2 to 4 inches of coarse hair. The feet are very large, fully covered with hair and with large black pads. The hindquarters are well-boned and muscular with a high degree of angulation. The hocks are large and developed for spring and drive. The legs and feet are well covered. The appearance is full. The legs should be parallel to each other. The Black Russian Terrier has a strong, powerful, and well coordinated gait. They appear to be light on their feet. The tail is cropped and set high.  The waterproof coat should be black. White or brown markings are disqualifying. The appearance of individual grey hairs within the coat is expected. The coat may appear full or hand stripped. The texture of the coat should be somewhat coarse - the extent depending on whether it is full or hand stripped. The beard and muzzle should never be touched.









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The Kea (pronounced /ˈkeɪ.ə/; Māori: [kɛ.a]) (Nestor notabilis) is a large species of parrot (family Strigopidae) found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. Measuring around 48 cm (19 in) in length, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large narrow curved grey-brown upper beak. The Kea is the world's only alpine parrot. Its omnivorous diet includes carrion but consists mainly of roots, leaves, berries, nectar, and insects. Now uncommon, the Kea was once killed for bounty due to concerns by the sheep farming community that it attacked livestock, especially sheep. It only received full protection in 1986.
The Kea nests in burrows or crevices among the roots of trees. Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity, both vital to their survival in a harsh mountain environment. Kea can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to food, and will work together to achieve a certain objective.






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