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Freiberger Weird Facts Did You Know?

The Freiberger horse, also called the Franches-Montagnes, was originally developed by crossing mares native to the Jura area of Switzerland with Thoroughbred and Anglo-Norman stallions around the end of the 19th century.There are actually two distinct types of Freiberger with the heavier draft type strain being further crossed with Ardennais and Comtois horses as well as the Shagya Arabians. This balanced cross increased the size and strength of the heavier line of Freiberger while still keeping the refinement and spirit that defines the breed.The lighter Freiberger makes an excellent all round house for any type of riding. They are now used in show jumping and dressage with excellent overall results. Usually these Freibergers are crossed with the Swiss Warmbloods or Swiss Half Bloods to add height and jumping ability and to make them more in keeping with competition style horses. [...]

French Saddle Pony Weird Facts Did You Know?

The French Saddle Pony, also known as the Poney Fran├žais de Selle, is one of a group of ponies throughout Europe and the United Kingdom that was specifically bred as a competition pony for children and smaller adults. The goal of the breeding programs was to keep the pony spirit and enthusiams but to add a refinement and athletic ability that would make these ponies excell at competitive events such as show jumping, dressage and eventing.There are a huge number of breed influences in the development of the French Saddle Pony and they include the Selle Francais, New Forest Pony, Welsh Pony, Connemara, Merens, Basque, Landais and the Arabians. The emphasis in the French Saddle Pony development was not on pure bloodlines, but rather on creating a competition pony. Breeding was for performance, not for pedigree, which is something noted in most competition horse breeding in the 20th century. [...]

The History of the Andalusian

To speak of the Andalusian breed means to speak of numerous different things to numerous different people. The horse has an age old history and is a popular subset of the Iberian breeds mostly known for their work in dressage. However, the Andalusian has consistently proven it also has the ability to work around other four hooved animals with great skill. They are a well built and compact horse, making them exceptionally easy to maneuver around herds of cattle and other livestock. Their willing temperament helps them to learn quickly and adjust fluidly to a number of situations. While these traits are certainly an advantage for such things as dressage, there are more Andalusians these days that put their skills and abilities to use on farms and ranches.The Andalusian's aptitude for practical work was recognized very early, when the breed was used as a capable and competent warhorse. It allowed armies to be swift and maneuverable on a mount that exhibited gallantry, strength and nobility. However, when wars were no longer fought on horseback, the reliable Andalusian still had a place for the people who loved and bred them for so long. [...]

Colors of the Andalusian

When most people think of the Andalusian they think of the white horse often seen in dressage and a vast number of popular movies. This is mostly because white and gray are the chosen classic colors for a performance mount. However, the Andalusian also comes in a vast array of other colors such as black, chestnut and palomino. While white and gray remain a popular color for the Andalusian, it can mean missing out on the cream and champagne colored horses found in the breed as well. In Spain, the country from which the Andalusian hails, the question of color is rather a question of coat type. This is because even within the classic colors of white or gray, there is a wide variance in shades. Instead of just white or just gray, there is dancing white, silver and dapple.One color of the Andalusian, or Pura Raza Espaola as it is sometimes called, comes in a shade referred to as castao. Translated, castao means chestnut but in all actuality refers to an Andalusian that is bay colored. As with white and gray, there are variances in castao colored Andalusians. Castao amorcillado refers to a horse that is a dark bay bordering on black. [...]

Toy Fox Terrier Weird Facts/Did You Know?

Every dog breed has some unique, interesting or just strange facts associated with the breed. The Toy Fox Terrier is no different and as prospective or current owner you may be interested to find out that:The Toy Fox Terrier has only been a distinct breed since 1930 and is one of the few breeds of dogs that was developed exclusively in the United States and then introduced to other countries. [...]

German Pinscher Weird Facts Did You Know?

Every breed of dog has some history that makes them unique, different or just weird. The German Pinscher facts you may not know include:German Pinschers are outstanding working dogs and can be used in almost any type of event from agility through to obedience and even sporting and fun events such as Frisbee Dog competitions and Flyball. While the German Pinscher may look more like the Doberman Pinscher, which is a distant relative, the breed is actually most closely related to the longer haired Standard Schnauzer. The German Pinscher has an ability to "grin" or "smile" at his or her owner. This can sometimes be misunderstood as a growl or snarl, however there is no vocalization and is usually shown when the dog is happy to see someone or is trying to act submissive, especially if they know they have done something wrong. [...]

Feral Dogs - A Serious Problem

Feral dogs, as well as feral cats, are rapidly becoming a very serious problem in most if not all of the larger metropolitan areas throughout the world. Unfortunately these feral dogs, many which have been abandoned by uncaring owners, have not only survived their life on the streets but have also gone on to reproduce. This has further increased the numbers and has lead to some very real health and genetic concerns within these numbers. Feral dogs can be from any breed and most, especially if born as feral puppies, are going to be mixed breed, perhaps mixed breed for several generations. [...]

History of The Akita Dog

The Akita is one of the older types of dogs, recognized historically in Japanese art as an early dog type bred for hunting. The original type of dog from which the modern Akita Inu in Japan or American Akita in the USA developed was known as the Matagi Inu, which translates to "hunting dog". It was not a true breed as such, but rather was a larger sized, spitz type dog used for all types of hunting including deer, elk, antelope and even bear. This Matagi Inu type of dog was valued for its courage, physical strength, intelligence as well as its hunting ability. They were not bred for any particular conformation or appearance and many different breeds of dogs, both imported and local, were used in the type up to the late 1800's. [...]

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