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Akita

Akita

The largest of the Japanese Spitz-type breeds, the Akita, pronounced a-KEE-ta, is a powerful, solid, well-proportioned and distinctive looking dog. Strong and muscular with a flat, heavy head and strong, short muzzle. The Akita is slightly longer than he is tall with a broad, deep chest and level back. The head is broad and shaped like a blunt triangle. The stop is well-defined and there is a shallow groove going up the center of the forehead. The small, erect ears are carried forward and in line with the neck. The small, triangular eyes are dark brown. The nose is generally black (brown is permitted on white Akita's, but black is preferred); the lips are black and the tongue is pink. The teeth should meet in a scissors, or level bite (scissors is preferred by most breeders). The tail is carried high and curled over the back. The Akita has webbed, cat-like feet - which makes it a fine swimmer. The double coat is composed of... 

Cat Breed

American curl

American curl

A spontaneous mutation is responsible for this breed`s full crescent ear curl In 1981, in Lakewood, California, the Ruga`s welcomed a black, semi longhaired stray with curled ears into home and named her shalamith. At the end of the year, she gave birth to four kittens, two of which had inherited the curled ears of their mother. In 1983, Nancy kiester, a breeder and friend of the Ruga`s successfully showed shalamith and her offspring at a cat show in California. At the same time, she began selectively breeding this new breed. The mutation resulting in the ear curl is caused by a dominant gene that can be transmitted by one parent. Whether sporting long or short hair, the American Curl has beautiful ears accentuated by abundant interior furnishings. The cartilage is firm to the touch. There are three degrees of curl: slight, partial, and full crescent (the most coveted). The American Curl was recognized by T.I.C.A. in 1985, then by t... 

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