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There is no denying that the Fell Pony and the Friesian Horse resemble each other, but the idea that the Fell Pony is nothing more than a miniaturized version of the Friesian Horse rubs many conservationists of the pony breed the wrong way. They claim that any contact between the two breeds would have only occurred two millennia ago and any similarities are superficial. Nevertheless, because the Friesian is currently seeing a rise in popularity, this comparison is bringing a lot of attention to the Fell Pony as well, but is it for the right reasons? [...]
The Fjord Horse is considered to be one of the oldest breeds of horse still in existence today. Native to the western mountainous region of Norway, these small but incredibly strong horses have seen quite a lot over the centuries and have been no stranger to hard work and even war. One group that undoubtedly had a strong connection to the Fjord Horse was the Vikings, who used the horse not only for agriculture but also for war. Here we'll take a look at the Fjord Horse's long history, its connections to the Vikings, and where the breed can be found today. [...]
The Gypsy Vanner has been quickly growing in popularity over the last decade or so, thanks to its powerful frame but manageable size, variations in coat patterns and its sweet temperament. Its popularity is not only growing in its native Britain, but in the United States as well. Recently, a new type of horse is making its presence known in the United States that greatly resembles the Gypsy Vanner. Here we'll take a look at a brief history of the Gypsy Vanner and the Drum Horse, and the differences between the two types.
More frequently called Irish Cob or Piebald in its native Great Britain, the Gypsy Vanner finds its origins with the Irish Gypsies that have been traveling around the United Kingdom for many decades. These strong horses were used by the Gypsies to pull their carts and caravans, which necessitated a horse that was strong but manageable. The Travelers often used whatever horses that were available to them in order to replenish their horse stock, but they seemed to prefer horses around fourteen to fifteen hands with plenty of feathering and long manes. [...]
There are many different breeds of dogs that have developed in the United States. Like dog breeds developed the world over they all started from cross breeding and then selective breeding to enhance the reproduction of like traits, appearances and behaviors. Like many of the dog breeds developed in other countries, dog breeds native to the United States can be found in almost any size, color, type and group. This diversity of dog breeds is one of the reason canines are such a popular pet, only being outdone by cats as the most popular pet in the USA. [...]