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Choosing a Toucan
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Choosing a Toucan

No matter how you look at it, if you are looking for a companion bird that is intelligent, curious and entertaining, the toucan fits the bill. Toucans are members of the family Ramphastidae and are found primarily in the rain forests and open woodlands of tropical America, from southern Mexico to Bolivia to northern Argentina.

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Choosing a Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman pinscher is a relatively new breed, officially recognized in 1900. Though originally developed as a fiercely protective guard dog, the Doberman's temperament has been toned down and he is now a loving and devoted, yet still protective, family pet. History and Origin In the late 1800s in Thueringen, Germany, Louis Dobermann was looking to develop the perfect guard dog.
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Choosing a German Shorthaired Pointer

The German shorthaired pointer is an excellent hunting dog with many loyal fans. A truly man-made breed, this dog it thought to have assisted hunters since the 17th century. History and Origin As the name implies, the German shorthaired pointer originated in Germany and may have been around since the 1600s.
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Choosing a Swedish vallhund

The Swedish vallhund is a spitz breed hailing from Sweden. Known as the “little Viking dog” this breed is a great family pet and working dog and is the newest member of the American Kennel Club family. History and Origin The Swedish vallhund is an ancient breed, possibly over 1000 years old. Originally bred to work on farms and herd cattle, the breed was quite popular before World War I but was almost non-existent in the early 1940s.
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Westiepoo - Choosing a Westiepoo

Have you caught on to the designer breed craze and you're looking for that perfect hybrid? Maybe the Westiepoo is for you. The Westiepoo is a mix breed, derived from the West Highland White Terrier (or Westie) and the Poodle. Designer breeds are very popular and often expensive to purchase, but it is important to note that these are mixed breed dogs and are not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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Pomapoo - Choosing a Pomapoo

What is a Pomapoo? The Pomapoo is a mixed breed dog, also called a hybrid or designer breed, that is derived from the breeding of a Pomeranian and a Poodle. Designer breeds are becoming quite popular amongst pet owners, but they are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club. As with any mixed breed dog, the characteristics of the Pomapoo are not easily predicted because any combination of the parents' traits can be inherited.
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Choosing a Bloodhound

The bloodhound is admired and revered for his keen sense of smell and tracking abilities. With reports of tracking individuals for over 50 miles, the bloodhound is considered one of the best of the scent hounds. History and Origin The bloodhound is an ancient breed that thrived in Mediterranean region.
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Choosing an English Pointer

The English pointer, also known simply as the pointer, is a renowned and much admired hunting companion. After spotting his quarry, the pointer instinctively stops and "points." When the dog is in his pointing stance, he is motionless with his nose pointing in the direction of the fowl and his tail held horizontal.
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Choosing a Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees has the appearance of a large white bear. With his double hair coat and natural protective instincts, this breed is an excellent guardian for sheep as well as a good companion. History and Origin The Great Pyrenees is considered one of the oldest natural breeds and some believe it has been around since 3000 BC.
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Choosing a Fila Brasileiro

The Fila Brasileiro, also known as the Brazilian mastiff, is a massive breed that has a natural protective instinct. Without proper socialization and training some members of the breed may attack first and ask questions later. History and Origin The Fila Brasileiro is one of two breeds native to the country of Brazil.
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Stripping: Reveal Your Wirehaired Dog's Show Quality Coat

Do you have a wirehaired dog, such as a Schnauzer, Airedale, or Cairn Terrier? Do you love his bright wiry coat and want to keep it looking that way? If you have the time and are strongly dedicated to keeping your wirehaired dog's coat well-groomed, then stripping might be for you. What is Stripping?
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Dogs Good For Men - 13 Manly Masculine Dog Breeds

Is there a such thing as a "manly" dog? Are some dogs more "masculine" than other dogs? The answer is yes. In fact, several lists of manly dog breeds exist. They come out in pop-culture magazines and on several websites. Just for fun, we wanted to take a crack at what we thought were "masculine dogs".
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Choosing a German Wirehaired Pointer

The German wirehaired pointer, also known as the drahthaar, is a relatively recently developed breed from Germany. The breed is an excellent gun dog and can be a faithful and loving family companion. History and Origin The German wirehaired pointer was developed in the early 1900s in Germany as an excellent gun dog.
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Choosing a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The wirehaired pointing griffon is often mistaken for the German wirehaired pointer. A completely different breed, the griffon is also known as the "older hunter's bird dog" due to the dog's tendency to stay nearby and check back with his trailing owner frequently. History and Origin In the 19th century, a Dutchman named Edward Korthals was looking to develop a methodical dog that worked close to his owner in all types of terrain.
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Choosing an American Wirehair

At first sight, these scruffy-looking, bright-eyed kitties might look like American shorthairs whose coats have been shamefully neglected. Look again. The American wirehair is supposed to look like that - frizzy, kinky, wild hair standing up in springy ringlets or coarse clumps. Look closely and you'll see that each hair looks like it's been crimped with a miniature curling iron.
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Top Dog Breeds of 2008 - Most Popular Dogs

This year the AKC celebrates its 125th anniversary and for the 18th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is once again America's favorite purebred dog, according to registration numbers tallied by the American Kennel Club. The AKC released the figures and, as in past years, the Labrador far outstrips the other dogs in the top 10.
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Top Dog Breeds of 2009 - Most Popular Dogs

This year the AKC celebrates its 126th anniversary and for the 19th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is once again America's favorite purebred dog, according to registration numbers tallied by the American Kennel Club. The AKC released the figures and, as in past years, the Labrador far outstrips the other dogs in the top 10.
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Timing Is Everything - When Not to Get a Dog

If you're thinking of bringing home a dog, timing is everything. After all, your new-found companion will look to you for a lifetime commitment of love and security. Assess your family and financial situation, the season, and special circumstances - and don't be discouraged. If you're thoughtful and realistically assessing your situation, you may still find time to care for and enjoy a pet.
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Top Dog Breeds of 2011 - Most Popular Dogs

This year the AKC celebrates its 128th anniversary and for the 21th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is once again America's favorite purebred dog, according to registration numbers tallied by the American Kennel Club. The AKC released the figures and, as in past years, the Labrador far outstrips the other dogs in the top 10.
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Tips on Choosing a Cat Breeder - Questions to Ask

One of the most important things you can do after knowing you want a certain cat breed is to choose a good breeder? But how do you choose a good breeder? What do you look for or ask? Ask lots of question. Here are a couple questions to consider: Ask to meet the parents. If possible, meet the cat's parents.
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What's In a Name? Naming Your Dog

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. Book of Proverbs Some people believe that names can affect the way people behave and how they feel about themselves. Puritans believed this and gave their children names like Felicity and Obedience in hope that the children would live up to their names.
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