Eclectus are short, stocky birds with square tails, and are unique among parrots in that their striking plumage color immediately sets one sex apart from another. The females of the species are deep scarlet to bright red with black beaks and blue patches; males are brilliant green with yellow-orange beaks.
A direct descendant of the Rat Terrier, The American Hairless Terrier (or AHT, as it is commonly abbreviated) is a smart and lively companion. The breed was recently recognized as a separate terrier breed by the United Kennel Club in 2004. History and Origin of the American Hairless Terrier Although the AHT is descended from the Rat Terrier, the origins of both are attributed to the Feist, a type of European terrier mix.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sweet and affectionate dog that expects to be pampered. Traditionally a favorite among aristocracy, this dog's likeness has been seen in tapestries and portraits since the 15th century. History and Origin Spaniel-type dogs have been part of our lives for centuries.
The Lagotto Romagnolo hails from Italy and its name translates to “lake dog from Romagna.” These ancient, curly-haired dogs have functioned primarily as gun dogs and water retrievers in their home country, although more recently they are also being used to search for truffles. Interestingly, the Lagotto Romagnolo is the only recognized truffle-hunting breed!
Originating from the Australian Shepherd, this breed has undergone name changes from the “Miniature Australian Shepherd” to the “North American Shepherd,” finally settling on the name the breed is known by today. History and Origin of the Miniature American Shepherd The Miniature American Shepherd originated in the United States, as its name would suggest.
For most people, freshwater fish are the aquarium fish of choice. Saltwater - or marine - creatures make up less than 10 percent of pet-fish sales and are generally more expensive to keep and less hardy. Here are some tips that will help you put together a basic freshwater aquarium. Fish for Community Aquarium Community aquariums house between three and thirty non-aggressive fish in a tank that ranges from 20 to 50 gallons and up.
The Berger Picard (pronounced “bare-ZHAY pee-CARR”), or Picardy Shepherd, hails from France and is a herding breed. They reached near extinction following both World Wars, and were featured many years later in the 2005 movie “Because of Winn-Dixie.” Although their number has increased, they remain a rare breed today.
Named for its cottony-soft coat as well as the city of its origin (Tulear, Madagascar), the Coton de Tulear is the island’s national dog. The breed is closely related to other small dog breeds like the Maltese and Bichon Frise. The Coton de Tulear referred to as a “Coton”. History and Origin of the Coton de Tulear The Coton de Tulear has a colorful history, complete with pirates, shipwrecks, and royalty.
When taking a leisurely scuba dive along a reef, you may acquire a curious companion who cautiously swims beyond the range of your reach but remains with you for a good length of time - especially in more remote reefs. This is a common behavior among the bold and beautiful triggerfish. These fish are very brave, very curious, very aggressive and lively.
Fish make great pets, and although they have the reputation for being more difficult to care for, saltwater fish have brilliant colors and exotic looks. And not all fish available in the store are actually meant to be kept in captivity. When choosing fish for your saltwater tank, find out all you can before making a purchase.
With their intelligence and eagerness, border collies have dominated the world of competitive dog sports for many years, especially in the obedience ring. Originally from England and Scotland, the border collie gained immense popularity in Australia as a working sheepdog. History and Origin Long before Great Britain became industrialized, the British Isles depended on wool from sheep to sustain its economy.
With advances in equipment, saltwater aquarium enthusiasts are now able to keep a wider variety of fish than ever before. Here is a list of 20 of the most popular saltwater fish kept by hobbyists. Some are easy and recommended for beginners; others should be reserved for those with experience. The life expectancy listed is the common life span of these fish in captivity.
To some folks, a cat without an elegant and expressive tail to lash with anger, frizz with fear and hold high with self-assurance is missing an indispensable part of its character. Manx lovers are not of this mind, however, and the enthusiastic fanciers of this breed assert that the Manx has as much feline character as any tailed cat, and maybe more.
With roots deeply planted in British soil, the English bulldog is a stubborn yet relatively docile breed that has been quite popular since the late 1800s. Initially bred for ferocity and courage, the bulldog is now a devoted and sweet member of the non-sporting group of dogs. History & Origin The English bulldog is the symbol of tenacity and stubborn determination.
Gouramis come pretty close to being the perfect aquarium fish. Colorful, active, elegant, temperamentally suited to community tank living, easy to care for, beautiful to look at, and even easy to breed, this group of fishes should be high on anyone's list of aquarium firsts. What makes these natives of freshwater ponds, streams and paddy fields of Asia and Africa so well suited for aquarium life is their tolerance for a great range of conditions.
Penlights that double as lug wrenches, the latest buffalo meat and chocolate cream pie diet book - ever wonder why all these questionable items are grouped together in the checkout lane? The answer is pretty simple: all of them fall under the heading “impulse purchasing” - things we buy on impulse, without taking the time to consider their usefulness.
The kinds, numbers, sex and size of the pet fish you select for your aquarium or pond are among the most important decisions you'll make as a fish owner. Having an idea of your expectations and resources, combined with the advice of a knowledgeable and helpful pet store clerk, will go a long way in making pet fish selection easy, productive and rewarding.
If you are interested in starting an aquarium or expanding an old one, the number of choices of fish can be overwhelming. This guide profiles the 20 most popular freshwater fish. The life expectancy listed is the common llifespan of these fish in captivity. With diligence and good care, life spans can be greatly prolonged and your fish may readily exceed these life expectancies.
For such a small fish, the boxfish ( Ostracion spp ) is certainly an interesting character. It is unusually constructed, brightly colored, poisonous, and can hover in the water like little aquatic helicopters. Natives to the Indo -Pacific, boxfish, trunkfish and cowfish are all related species belonging to the family of Ostraciidae .
Cardinalfish are widely distributed throughout the world's tropical seas, mostly along reefs, but also in tidal pools and mangrove swamps. They are classified in the Apogonidae family and are small predatory fishes that sport various shades of reds, yellows or brown. Many species have distinct stripes and spots, and none grows to more than five inches in length.
The chow chow is a medium sized dog with an ancient lineage. Today, the breed is firmly established as a popular American dog. Originating in China, chow chows are well recognized for their fluffy appearance, black tongue and wrinkled face. Though very devoted to their family, chows are not overly friendly to strangers.