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Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon

The Griffon is a sturdy toy dog of square proportions with a domed head, undershot jaw, very short nose and lustrous eyes. The head is large in comparison to the body. The Brussels Griffon's pout gives him an almost human expression. To some viewers he resembles a miniature Boxer. There are two types: Rough-Coated (harsh wiry and dense), and Smooth-Coated or Petit Brabancon variety (short, straight, glossy). The Brabancon needs less grooming. Griffons come in red, a mixture of red-brown & black, black & tan, and solid black. Ears are¬†generally cropped and the tail is docked and carried high, though cropping the ears is optional. Temperament The Griffon is an intelligent cheerful dog with a terrier-like disposition. With lots of personality, they make a fine companion dog. It is affectionate, willful and high-strung, but charming. Lively and curious, they love everyone, but can get qu... 

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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