Despite his name, the Australian shepherd that we know today was developed in the United States. An active and friendly herding dog, the Aussie needs a family that understands his special needs. History and Origin In the 1800s, Basque sheepherders came to the United States from Australia with their herds.
The Maltese dog breed has a long and distinguished history. As the most dramatic member of the toy breed group, the Maltese's long white flowing coat may have been the reason he was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. History and Origin For over 28 centuries, the Maltese has been depicted in paintings, ceramics and literature.
If you are looking for a spunky little dog with a big personality, look no further. Throughout history, the Pomeranian has been a tiny companion for royalty and common folk alike. With a happy pleasant nature, this mini puffball has a vast number of admirers. History and Origin The Pomeranian is thought to have descended from the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland.
According to Matthew Cowley, in his article, "Canine Clowns," a boxer is all that is good in a dog. He is "a laugh a minute, lives life to the fullest, a maximum velocity version of canine slapstick. But he is also a sympathetic soul, a shoulder to cry on, a confidante." Indeed, boxers are friendly outgoing people dogs.
The stunning, unique coloring of the Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog, or Cat, is the most outstanding characteristic of this breed. The Cat is known by many names, such as the Leopard Stock dog, the Black Mouth Cur, the Yellow Cur, the East Texas Cow or Hog dog, the Red Cur, the Old Brindle Cur, the Leopard Cur and the Louisiana Cur.
The longhaired cat is one of Mother Nature's most beautiful creations. As colorful and diverse as their shorthaired kin, these luxuriously furred cats come in every shape, size, color and pattern. Longhaired cats are frequently, but incorrectly, called Persian or Angora cats because two of the oldest and best-known types are known by those names.
Noble's macaws are very inquisitive, mischievous and animated. They are delightful pets because of their outgoing personalities. Macaws can make excellent pets, although some have a tendency to become nippy. Mini macaws are not as loud as the large macaws. While some speak, most macaws have limited ability to mimic.
Red-bellied macaws are small green "mini" macaws that are very rarely bred in captivity. Young birds do not have a good survival rate. A high percentage die of kidney disease at a young age. Their pet quality is questionable. Red-bellied macaws ( Ara manilata ) have a large range extending throughout the Amazon Basin and North to the Guyana and Surinam.
The knifefish is an unusual and beautiful fish that is sure to attract attention in your freshwater aquarium. Varieties of knifefish can be found from South America to Africa to Southeast Asia. They are a peaceful and shy fish that will need a long tank to show off their graceful swimming skills. Appearance and Behavior Knifefish are named because of their flattened and tapered appearance.
The hatchet is the perfect fish for any community tank and highly recommended for beginners. Natives of South America, their unusual appearance and peaceful nature make an interesting addition to the aquarium. Appearance and Behavior The fish are named for their physical appearance. A deep downward slope of the body just past the mouth narrows sharply to the tail giving the appearance of a hatchet.
The gentle, even-tempered domestic shorthair cat can be considered one of the earliest pioneers to the New World. Indeed, these stocky, muscular cats earned their right as passengers by hunting vermin that infested the first sailing ships to arrive in North America. These working cats flourished along with their pioneer owners and eventually established themselves as the native shorthaired cat.
The Neapolitan mastiff, also known as the Italian mastiff, is an eye-catching breed that has recently gained popularity throughout the world. History and Origin The Neapolitan mastiff is a breed native to Italy, dating back to 300 BC when the ancestors of the breed appeared with Alexander the Great. In ancient Roman times, Alexander the Great was known for breeding several large dogs together to develop a shorthaired dog known as the Molossus.
The mono, Monodactylus spp , is a member of a family of fish commonly known as fingerfishes. They are often mistaken for angelfish but are really quite different in appearance and habitat. Natives of the Indo-Pacific, the mono makes its home near coastlines and estuaries. As juveniles, they thrive in both fresh and brackish water.
The Chipoo, also cleverly name the Poochi, is an adorable, little dog, derived from the Chihuahua and Poodle. Though popular, this mixed breed, also referred to as a designer breed or hybrid, is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Because Chipoos are not purebred, there is significant variance in the dog's traits, as they can have any combination of the Chihuahua's and Poodle's characteristics.
If you want a laid back, agreeable dog, this may be the breed for you. The Dandie Dinmont is a small yet athletic dog. They are able to keep up with your demanding lifestyle, as well as relax with you during down time. And besides, they're just dandy! History and Origin The ancestry of the Dandie Dinmont is not firmly established.
The Portuguese water dog is not yet common in the United States, although it is steadily rising in popularity especially since the Obama's obtained a dog for their daughters. The current "first dog" in the White House is a Portuguese water dog named "Bo". As the name implies, the breed hails from Portugal where it is a much loved and hard working companion of fishermen.
The English springer spaniel is the largest of the land spaniels and a strong sturdy sporting dog whose popularity continues to rise. Used as a hunting dog, the English springer spaniel thrives on activity and the pursuit of game. History & Origin In the 19th century, the original Norfolk spaniel was used as the primary hunting dog in England.
The collie is beautiful, elegant and is well known as a loving, faithful family dog. Popularized by the movie and television canine Lassie, the collie is an easily recognized breed. The dog comes in two separate varieties: The rough collie, the one most people are familiar with; and the smooth collie, that does not have the flowing coat of the rough collie, but is just as loyal and affectionate and is gaining popularity.
The ringneck parakeet ( Psittacula krameri ) is fast becoming the most popular of all parakeet species. Like the budgie, the ringneck is hardy, easily tamed, learns speech easily and has a vast array of beautiful colors. These elegant birds have been adored pets since early Roman times when they were considered status symbols, and professional teachers were employed to teach them to speak and perform.
The Norwich terrier is one of the smallest of the working terriers. These dogs look very similar to the Norfolk terrier, except for their ears and a few other characteristics. History and Origin The Norwich terrier originated in England in the late 1800s to control the vermin population and hunt foxes.
The colorful maroon-bellied conure ( Pyrrhura frontalis ) has the reputation of being the quiet member of the conure family. Relatively speaking that may be true; however, it is only in comparison to other conures. These sweet birds are loud, especially in the early morning; they get very excited when they see the sun rise, and they express their excitement with a series of loud, shrill screams.