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Australian Shepherd

 
Size: 
MALE : 70lbs (32kg)FEMALE : 40lbs (18kg)
Grooming: 

This double-coated breed has a dense, straight/slightly wavy and moderate length topcoat. The under coat is dense and weather proof. The Australian Shepherd can be blue merle, red merle, black, liver or red with or without white and/or tan markings.

Azawakh

 
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Akbash Dog

 
History: 

Akbash Dogs are an ancient breed, used for centuries to guard livestock in Asia Minor, now known as Turkey. They appear to have both sighthounds and mastiffs influence in their ancestry. Their own ancestors may well be the progenitors of similar breeds such as the Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz and Maremma.

Size: 
The Akbash Dog is a large, all-white dog with dark eyes, nose and skin pigment. These dogs have a keen sense of sight, hearing and smell, are tall, long-bodied and long-legged, and can run with amazing speed. Females range in weight from 75 to 105 pounds, and are 27 to 30 inches at the shoulder. Males are generally between 95 to 125 pounds and 28 to 32 inches tall. The Akbash Dog is slow to mature and males may not reach full size until the age of three or more. Bitches over 110 pounds and males over 130 pounds are usually overweight. They are supposed to be lean, tall dogs with ribs just visible as they move.
Grooming: 

There are two major coat types and variations in between; a medium coat is one to three inches long, and a long coat that can be identified by the six to eight inch mane and tail feathers. Both types have a coarse outer coat that does not easily matt, and a softer, shorter undercoat. Coats, primarily the undercoats, are shed in warmer weather. In cold weather both medium and long-haired dogs grow thick undercoats to keep them warm in the most bitter continental climate.

Common ailments: 

Generally a healthy breed, the following conditions can occur: hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, epilepsy, cruciate ligament injuries, umbilical hernias, cardiomyopathy, osteosarcoma, lymphoma and other cancers, kidney failure. Some of these conditions can be influenced by environmental (and nutritional) factors. All breeding stock should have hips certified free of hip dysplasia. Buyers should investigate the health and temperamental soundness of parents and ask for a guarantee of sound temperament and working ability. Reputable breeders will provide their buyers with accurate and complete information before the sale, and will support them throughout the life of the dogs they sell.

Afghan Hound

 
Country of origin: 
Afghan
Size: 
MALE : 60 lbs (27kg) - FEMALE : 50 lbs (23kg)
Grooming: 

Except for a saddle that runs the length of its back, this breed has a long, thick, and profuse coat that covers its entire body. Its coat is silky and fine in texture and the face is clean with short hair. The ears and topknot of the Afghan hound have long silky hair. This breed requires daily brushing and weekly baths to maintain the coat. All colors are acceptable in this breed.

Scottish Fold

 
History: 

This is a new breed that began as a spontaneous mutation discovered in 1961 when a white kitten with folded-down ears was born on a farm in Scotland. This kitten, named Susie, later had kittens and two in the litter had folded ears as well. One of Susie's daughters, named Snooks, had a litter with a white male with folded ears. This was the beginning of the Scottish Fold breeding program.The gene causing the folding of the ears was a non-lethal mutation, a single dominant gene (possibly an incomplete dominant). The responsible gene appears to manifest itself in the cartilage in the ears and may affect cartilage development elsewhere in the body. There is considerable controversy about the breeding of Folds. Some breeders believe that breeding together two folded-ear adults may lead to kittens with other abnormalities such as gnarling of the feet, a condition resembling arthritis, or cartilage growth around the joints which makes it difficult for the Fold to walk. Breeders have found that if the tail is short and stiff, this may be evidence of stiffening in other parts of the cat's body. Some breeders, however, believe these concerns to be unfounded and claim they have bred Fold-eared adults together with no adverse effects.Choice of outcross is, of course, important for healthy kittens. The breed has been established by crosses to British Shorthairs and domestic cats in Scotland and England. In America the outcrosses are Exotic, American and British Shorthairs. The British Shorthair outcross produces a denser coat and rounder eyes.

Temperament: 

Scottish Folds are very sweet, gentle, quiet cats. They make no demands on life, other than to be close to the people they love.

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Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland

Selkirk Rex

 
History: 

This naturally curly cat originated from a housecat found in a shelter in Wyoming. She was given to a Persian breeder who bred her to a black Persian. The litter resulted in three curly kittens out of six - proving that, not unlike the Devon Rex and the Cornish Rex, this mutation was dominant. Because it is dominant, curly kittens can be born in the same litter as straight haired kittens. Allowable outcrosses for this breed are Persian, Exotic Shorthair, British Shorthair and American Shorthair.

Temperament: 

Selkirks are incredibly patient, loving and tolerant. They have a sweet and endearing personality and make wonderful, affectionate pets. They can be a welcome addition to a home where proper behavior and good manners are needed upon arrival.

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Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland

Siamese

 
History: 

The Siamese cat is reported to have originated in Siam (Thailand). Old paintings show a cat with darker color on the ears, face, paws and tail.There were large classes of Siamese shown in the United States in the 1960s. By the 1980s the breed had dropped off dramatically, though it is making a comeback in recent years. In the early 1960s there was a cat named Fan Tee Cee who changed the whole concept of Siamese. His head and body were very long, his eyes were almond-shaped and his coat was short and glossy. Some judges and breeders could not stand this change, others longed for it. The new body shape won out in the end.

Temperament: 

Oriental cats are vocal; and not only when they are in season. As loving as these cats are, their calling may not make them popular with the neighbors. They will often carry on a running conversation with their owners and their genuine love of people brings an assurance of close companionship. They are active, and their minds seem to be whirling with activity. If they do not have a playmate, they will create one out of anything. Height beckons a flight up or down; they delight in jumping and have been seen to leap four or five feet in any direction with ease. They are not outdoor cats. Most will make no effort to escape into the great unknown. The Siamese requires little grooming. These super-intelligent cats make wonderful pets if the owner can put up with the constant demand for companionship. They want to be with you every moment of every day. They will befriend you for life.

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Southern Alberta Cat Fanciers - Rene Copeland

Siberian

 
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This breed information has been assembled from a number of area which include "The Legacy of the Cat" by Gloria Stephens, "Eyewitness Handbooks - Cats" by David Alderton and the "TICA Breed Standards".ÿ As well, much information was obtained on the Internet. It was submitted to us by Southern Alberta Calgary Cat Fanciers

Singapura

 
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This breed information has been assembled from a number of area which include "The Legacy of the Cat" by Gloria Stephens, "Eyewitness Handbooks - Cats" by David Alderton and the "TICA Breed Standards".ÿ As well, much information was obtained on the Internet. It was submitted to us by Southern Alberta Calgary Cat Fanciers