Oriental Longhair

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The Oriental Longhair is a svelte cat. Fine-boned, elongated and lithe, Oriental Longhairs are a bag of muscles. The head is a long, tapered wedge. The ears are very large and pointed. The neck is slender. Legs are long and thin. The tail is also long and tapers to a point. Eyes are almond-shaped and blue, green or odd eyed. Eye color depends on the coat color and pattern. Males weigh 7 to 10 pounds, females are 5 to 8 pounds.
An Oriental Longhair coat is medium in length, silky to the touch and lays close to the body. The tail plumage is lush and feathery — much longer than the hair on the body. Colors and patterns are too numerous to name, so they are divided into classes of shaded, smoke, parti-color, tabby, pointed, bicolor and solid patterns. However, solid ebony, pure white and some tabby patterns are the most popular colors/patterns.
The Oriental Longhair is a rare breed. He’s a good fit for you if you’re looking for a svelte cat with the talkative temperament of the Siamese with the look of a Balinese. Oriental Longhairs are essentially a branch of the Siamese, but isn’t limited to the short hair, color point patterns and few choices of color. The breed was developed from their shorthaired counterparts. Fanciers wanted a long-haired version. In the late 1970s, Oriental Shorthairs were crossed with Balinese (another longhaired Siamese descendent) and the Oriental Longhair was achieved.
An Oriental Longhair will most likely be under your feet — all the time. You will definitely need a tall cat tree, unless you want your Oriental Longhair on high furniture. Their activity level, playfulness, curiosity and intelligence makes it hard for them to stay out of closed spaces. They abhor closed doors, especially when they know that you are on the other side of that door. Oriental Longhairs are extreme people cats with a wholly trusting nature and they tend to bond closely with one person. They will be friendly with their entire family, but you’ll know who his favorite person is. He will spend most of his time with that person and eagerly await the arrival home. Once his bond is formed, he will trust you completely. If he’s left alone too long or doesn’t receive enough attention, he will become unhappy and depressed. An Oriental Longhair is also a snuggler. If you want a lap cat, look no further. These guys are Velcro cats!
The Oriental Longhair has developed a reputation for being demanding, noisy and mischievous, which is all true and endears them to their fanciers. (While “noisy,” Oriental Longhairs have a softer, milder tone than their Siamese cousin.) They love nothing more than rehashing the day with their favorite person and are never at a loss for topics of conversation. They are also extremely sensitive to your tones; harsh words and mannerisms will hurt their feelings. Remember, this is such a trusting soul!

Irish Terrier

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AKC Group: Terrier
One of the most beloved breeds, the Irish Terrier descended from Cork County, Ireland. They are believed to be one of the oldest breeds of terrier at around 2,000 years old. Paintings date back to the 1700s. They were used to hunt and kill rodents. They also briefly worked at wartime messengers.
Size: 14 to 18 high; 22 to 30 pounds
Color: Solid red, golden red, red wheaten or wheaten.
Life span: 12 to 14 years
Health problems: Irish Terriers may suffer from allergies, eye problems or urinary stones.
Loyal and friendly, an Irish Terrier is also very determined and territorial. Spirited, courageous, Irish Terriers have plenty of energy and can fill any role — watchdog, companion or pet. He needs a lot of exercise and thrives on physical stimulation and attention to stave off boredom and destruction. An Irish Terrier is a jumper, digger, chaser and a barker. If you’ve ever shared your life with an Irish Terrier, you know that his favorite game is fetch. One person your Irish Terrier won’t love is a stranger. With other pets, he may try to dominate them (he truly doesn’t realize he’s not a Great Dane) or worse, be aggressive. If someone tries to stand up to his bullying, there’s going to be a giant fight. To keep the peace, socialize early. With kids, an Irish Terrier does well, especially if the children are gentle and considerate. Training-wise with you, he can become stubborn and over-confident, though they are very intelligent and trainable. Employ firmness and start as soon as he comes home. Irish Terriers have a strong protective instinct and will require much — and early — socialization. Never allow biting or nipping. Provide him an outlet to dig and chase, but be aware, he may always chase the local wildlife no matter how much you give him another outlet. If you’re ready to throw in the towel and admit defeat, don’t feel like a failure, Irish Terriers are easier to deal with if a professional lays down the basics.
Irish Terriers have long, slightly rectangular muzzles. A medium-sized dog, they have a sturdy build and an inquisitive expression. They have a wiry, harsh textured coat. They have small, folded ears that fall forward near the top of their head. Brush and comb him weekly. He may need to be clipped every few months. Check his ears and teeth for signs of infection. With proper grooming, Irish Terriers are low shedders.

Stop Ankle Attacks (Feline)

If your cat frequently attacks your ankles, most likely you are reinforcing the behavior by giving him the attention he’s craving. Sure, cats need to play, but an ankle is not an appropriate plaything. So how do you get him to stop?

Make sure that he is getting multiple play sessions each day. Never use your hands as a toy. Encourage him to pounce on the toy by dragging it away from him. Follow the last catch with either food or a treat. Make sure your cat has plenty of places to climb onto, cat scratchers and toys to play with.

The most important thing to reduce the behavior is to give him a timeout when he gets overstimulated and attacks. Block his view of your ankles with an object or cardboard, go into another room and close the door. Keep a timeout super short; a few seconds is plenty. Your cat will soon learn that when he attacks, his favorite person/people disappear and stop attacking you.

Irish Setter

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AKC Group: Sporting
First developed to be a color variant of the original Red and White Setter in the 1700s, they were originally known as an Irish Red Setter. Prior to 1862, Irish Setters were only used for hunting. Uniquely, they run in a zigzag pattern ahead of the hunter, scanning for scents. They were used for pointing and retrieving as well. All these hunting skills made them a hunter’s best friend.
Size: 24 to 28 inches tall; 55 to 75 pounds
Color: Mahogany or chestnut red.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Thyroid issues, bloat, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy or hip dysplasia.
Spirited, energetic and friendly, the Irish Setter makes a fine family companion. They have plenty of love and affection to give. They are amusing, sociable and entertaining. Enthusiastic and eager to please, they thrive on your attention. When neglected, an Irish Setter can become bored and destructive. Some Irish Setters can be willful or strong minded, but remember these dogs are eager to learn and very intelligent. They love kids, but may have too much energy for youngsters. They do well with other animal companions, but early socialization is still recommended. With strangers (or guests), they are friendly there too. (If you’re in the market for a watchdog, keep looking; Irish Setters are just too sociable.) He will bark to announce an arrival though. They do require a lot of exercise. Your Irish Setter is able to problem solve and think independently, not always the greatest combination for easy training. You’ll do best if you can establish a partnership, where you don’t dominate or force participation. When there’s a strong bond between you, he will be only to happy to please you. Always start a training session after he’s had some exercise, he’ll be better able to concentrate. They tend to learn new skills after only one to two sessions.
The Irish Setter is a large, elegant, dignified, sturdy dog. They have a long, silky, feathered coat with fine, short hair on the head and legs. His long, silky ears hang down the side of his head. Grooming requirements are moderate. He requires brushing twice a week. Trim stray hairs and trim bottom hair for hygienic reasons. Check that his floppy ears are clean and dry to avoid infections. They are all around medium shedders and shed seasonally as well.

Icelandic Sheepdog

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AKC Group: Herding
The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only canine native to Iceland. It was brought there by Viking settlers around 874 to 930 AD. The dogs were quickly able to adapt to the terrain and farming methods to become indispensable at rounding up the livestock. His popularity continues to increase even though the breed exists in such small numbers. IcelandicĀ  Sheepdogs are believed to be descendants from the Norwegian Buhund.
Size: 12 to 16 tall; 20 to 30 pounds
Color: Black and tan; solid black, gray, silver or red.
Life span: 12 years
Health problems: Since there are so few Icelandic Sheepdogs around, they are relatively healthy breed that are taken care of by natural selection.
Tough and energetic, Icelandic Sheepdogs are hardy, agile herders. They have no problem barking; it’s part of theirĀ job. Your guests will always get an enthusiastic reception. Cheerful, friendly and inquisitive, an Icelandic Sheepdog has no fear. They adore kids and get along with other dogs and companion animals. They will always do best when they have a job to do. When training, be consistent, calm and firm. Eager to please and intelligent, an Icelandic Sheepdog learns quickly. Basic obedience is a recommended first step. They don’t respond to harsh or heavy-handed tactics.
The Icelandic Sheepdog has a large nose and black lips. They have medium sized brown eyes. They have double dewclaws similar to a Lundehund. Slightly under medium-sized, Icelandic Sheepdogs have prick ears and a curled tail. They have two coat types: Long or short. Both are a weatherproof, double coat (they did come from Iceland). Each sex has a distinct look. The Icelandic Sheepdog sheds seasonally twice a year. Trim the dewclaws regularly.

Ibizan Hound

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AKC Group: Hound
The Ibizan Hound is old enough to have been depicted in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and sculptures from over 5,000 years ago. They were believed to have been brought into the Western world from Egyptian and Spanish traders around 700 to 900 BC. As their name suggests, they are commonly found on the island of Ibiza and its neighboring islands where they are used to reduce the rabbit and small game population.
Size: 22 to 28 inches high; 45 to 50 pounds
Color: Solid white or red (from a light yellowish red to a deep red); any combination color.
Life span: 10 to 14 years
Health problems: Heart problems, thyroid issues, deafness, seizures, axonal dystrophy, chemical or medication sensitivities.
Ibizan Hounds tend to be even tempered, loyal and alert. These elegant dogs are quiet, laid back and gentle. Highly intelligent, Ibizan Hounds learn quickly. Unfortunately, they can be willful and independent, not necessarily a good choice if this is your first dog. Full of energy, Ibizan Hounds love to jump and leap, are boisterous as puppies but tend to mellow out as they age. They lean towards being protective of their family. Ibizan Hounds tend to get along well with children, but should be socialized properly and early to smaller animals. With your guests, he will be polite but reserved. Ibizan Hounds are sensitive dogs, so use positive training methods and be careful with your tone. Ibizan Hounds are quite adaptable and need plenty of exercise. Be mindful of exercising with him during cold weather. Due to their short coat, the Ibizan Hound doesn’t function well in extreme temperatures. Ibizan Hounds are easy to housebreak. They easily learn new skills. Try to train him in small doses so he doesn’t become overwhelmed. Always correct unwanted behaviors respectfully and positively; if your Ibizan Hound loses respect for you he can become hostile.
The Ibizan Hound is a svelte, lithe, sturdy dog that is medium to large in size. He has large, erect ears. His coat is hard, close-fitting and either smooth or rough in texture. The Ibizan Hound closely resembles the Pharaoh Hound. Grooming needs are low. Brush him weekly. He tends to be a low shedder.