Red-bellies are playful outgoing birds. These birds love attention, but don't demand it, especially as they grow older. They tend to become more independent as they reach sexual maturity. Although generally sweet birds, adult males may become aggressive during breeding season. While they are not great talkers, they have some limited mimicking ability.
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? How do you find a good breeder? The best recommendation may come from your veterinarian. Veterinarians generally will work with breeders and know which breeders do a responsible job providing good care and those who don't.
Bombays may look like miniature black panthers, but these cats are purely domestic. A comparatively rare breed, Bombays are well loved by fanciers for their pleasing packaging and people-oriented personality. Black to the roots with snapping copper eyes, this breed combines the body style and personality of the Burmese with the solid black coloration of the black American shorthair.
First discovered in a barn near Coupar Angus in Scotland, the Scottish fold is best known for her distinctive folded ears, which are the result of a spontaneous natural mutation. The ears fold forward and downward, and the resulting impression of a wide-eyed owl or cuddly teddy bear has captured the hearts of many cat lovers.
Sometimes called the lazy person's Persian, the exotic has the same body and head type as the Persian but with a short, easy-care coat. This breed is great for those who love the look and personality of the Persian but hate the daily grooming the breed requires. Second only to the Siamese among the shorthaired breeds and fourth most popular breed overall, the exotic has seen a steady rise in numbers and popularity in the last decade.
If you're thinking of bringing home a cat, timing is everything. After all, your newfound 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 assess your situation, you may still find time to care for and enjoy a pet.
There are tons of wonderful cats from all over the world. According to a study sponsored by the Pet Food Institute, the number of pet cats in America reached a new high in the year 2000, and Americans owned more than 75 million pet cats. But what better day than the 4th of July to celebrate the AMERICAN cat breeds - that is those originating in the United States.
The British shorthair, a plush feline with an unflappable, affectionate personality, has survived religious persecution, two world wars, and being voted off the island by British fanciers. Not only have these hardy cats survived, they have won over admirers on both sides of the North Atlantic. Brits, as the plush felines are affectionately called, are the perfect companions with whom to share a spot of afternoon tea.
Like the Scottish fold, the American curl is characterized by its unique aural arrangement. In the curl's case, however, the ears curl backward in a smooth arc rather than fold down. Caused by a spontaneous mutation in the domestic cat gene pool, the curl's unique ears are another of Mother Nature's inventions.
The Oriental may well be the most colorful cat breed on the planet. This breed has the same svelte chassis, silky fur and chatty personality as the Siamese, but comes clothed in myriad colors. Nor is the Oriental bound to the Siamese's point-restricted pattern - the breed has many patterns from which to choose.
The American bobtail may be short of tail, but she's long on personality and charm. With her untamed appearance, tractable temperament, and cute bobbed tail, fanciers say this breed is the cat's meow. Currently rare, the American bobtail is nevertheless gaining fans as word spreads about the bob. And if you fancy a made-in-America breed, the bobtail is as American as the Fourth of July.
Originally created by crossing Burmese and Siamese cats, the Tonkinese kept the best of its parent breeds and developed attractive traits all its own. Affectionately known as the Tonk by fanciers, this breed is prized for its playful, people-oriented temperament, unique mink pattern, and pleasing body type.
The wirehaired fox terrier is an energetic, playful terrier. He is identical to the smooth fox terrier, except for the coat. History and Origin The fox terrier was developed in England in the 1700s to hunt foxes. The dog would chase the fox and bark and snap at it until the hunter was able to come and make the kill.
Umbrella cockatoos - also known as white cockatoos - are affectionate and highly intelligent birds. Raised correctly, they are excellent companions for those who want a charming, loving bird that likes to cuddle. Unlike Moluccans, they are even-tempered and tolerant. They are, however, demanding of attention.
Young red-lored Amazons tend to be very tame, with moderate speaking ability. They are intelligent, inquisitive birds and can be good pets for young couples or families if they are not treated roughly. Mature birds - especially males - may become aggressive. Red-lored Amazons - also known as red-fronted Amazons or yellow-cheeked Amazons - were imported in large numbers in the 1970s and 1980s and are fairly common in the United States.
Yellow-shouldered Amazons ( Amazona barbadensis ) are beautiful, small, rather trim Amazon parrots. Their range is limited to northern Venezuela and offshore islands. They inhabit dry areas living in cacti, low thorny bushes and trees, and they nest in tree cavities or limestone cliffs. In the wild, they eat succulent fruits, seedpods, cactus tops and fruits.
When Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. isn't hunting down polluters for the environmental watchdog group Hudson Riverkeeper, he may be nursing an injured bird back to health or signaling his Harris hawks to soar high off his hand into the sky. Deeply passionate about birds, Kennedy is both a master falconer and a New York State-licensed bird rehabilitator who has taken in many injured birds, releasing them after they've recuperated.
Cockatiels, with their sweet dispositions, soft voices and graceful appearance, make ideal pets for people of all ages. These birds have been domesticated for more than 100 years. They have been carefully selected over many generations for qualities that make them exceptional companion animals. They are an ideal size for a companion bird: 11 to 12 inches long.
Known as the gentle giants, hyacinth - or blue - macaws are the largest of all the parrots, with an average length of 36 to 40 inches and tails that are almost as long as their bodies. The birds are prized for their personality and for their remarkable beauty. Overall, they are an iridescent violet-blue.
Mealy Amazons ( Amazona farinosa ) are intelligent, shy birds. They are also, unfortunately, aggressive and possessive. Males may become hostile to their owners during mating season and the birds have been known to bond with one person, loyally “protecting” them from everyone, including other family members.
Goffin's cockatoos - also known as the Tanimbar cockatoo - are active, high-energy birds. They are gentle, playful and very affectionate - in short, they make excellent family pets. They need a lot of attention, but are not as demanding or possessive as white cockatoos. However, they are not very common in the United States.