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The Peterbald may appear to be hairless; but not so, he is actually covered in short, fine down. Like the Sphynx, Peterbalds are more furless cats than actual baldies. The body of a Peterbald feels warm and soft to the touch. He feels like suede. His skin should not be nor feel oily.
Peterbalds vary in their degree of hairlessness. It’s not uncommon for kittens in the same litter to have a variety of hair types. Some may be ultra bald while others sport a full, straight coat. (It all depends on the parents’ genes.) The genes responsible seem to be more of a hair loss rather than hairless gene. Kittens can and do change coat types as they age. They will lose or gain hair coverage for up to two years. (So don’t fret if you come across a full-coated kitten.)
There are five distinct coat types: ultra bald, chamois, velour, brush and straight. Ultra bald Peterbalds are hairless; they have no whiskers or eyebrows and never grow any kind of coat. Their skin is warm and sticky to the touch. Chamois Peterbalds are 90% hairless. They have no visible hair and feel smooth to the touch (but not sticky). Their whiskers and eyebrows may be kinked, curled or broken. Velour Peterbalds are 70% hairless, their coat is up to a millimeter in length. The coat resists when stroked. As these Peterbalds age, they may change to a Chamois Peterbald. Brush Peterbalds have wiry hair up to 5 millimeters long. The coat may be wavy to almost curly and has an irregular texture. Whiskers are curled and kinked. Straight coated Peterbalds do not have the Peterbald gene and have short, close lying hair with straight whiskers. If that isn’t confusing enough, any Peterbald may have a combination of coat types. (These crazy cats tend to have longer, dense hair on their extremities.)
The Peterbald is a medium sized cat with visible wrinkles over most of his body (assuming he has a short enough coat to display his wrinkles). Wrinkles should appear on the head, at the base of the neck, the base of the tail, at the top of the legs and down both sides of their body to their underbelly. (Fun fact: All domestic cats are actually wrinkled, but most cats have fur to cover up their wrinkles.) The Peterbald body is long, sturdy and lean.Their muscles are firm. Legs are long. Feet are oval and medium in size with long, agile, prominent toes. Tails are long, straight and whippy. The neck is long and slender. The head is shaped like a long inverted triangle. Extra large, oversized, pointed ears are broad at the base. The forehead should sport several vertical wrinkles. The
chin is strong with the tip of the nose in line with the tip of the chin. Whiskers and eyebrows (for those who have them) are wavy or broken. Eyes are medium in size and almost almond-shaped. Males weigh 8 to 10 pounds,females weigh 6 to 8 pounds.
Peterbalds are also known as Petersburg Sphynx, though they have no connection to the North American Sphynx breed. The Peterbald is the newest recognized hairless breed, created by mating the Russian Don Sphynx (also known as the Donskoy or Don Hairless) with Siamese or Oriental Shorthairs to produce a hairless cat with a Siamese head and body shape. Until the 1980s, the Russian government discouraged citizens from owning household pets. After 1987, these restrictions were lifted and several clubs and organizations popped up and many cats were finally brought inside.
The Peterbald came into its name change thanks to a Saint Petersburg breeder who in 1993 proved that the hairlessness gene is dominant, unlike the Sphynx’s recessive gene. When the Peterbald began increasing in popularity, his name was changed to reflect his new city of origin. To increase the gene pool, Peterbalds were mixed with bloodlines from Don Sphynx, Siamese and Oriental Shorthairs.
Because the Peterbald is still under development, personalities vary depending on bloodlines. Generally, Peterbalds are trusting by nature and approach humans with curiosity and playfulness. They are an active, loving, friendly, frisky breed that gets along well with pretty much everyone. Any age of youngster needs a proper introduction. A Peterbald is an affectionate, outgoing cat. They crave human love and attention. They will wrap you up in their agile paws to lick you chin or give you a forehead press. Don’t be surprised if he follows you around the house, helps with your chores then hops into your lap when the work is done. After a day at work, he’ll most likely be waiting for you at the door, wag his tail and tell you all about his day.

Kishu Ken

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AKC Group: Working
Also known as a Kishu Inu, “inu” and “ken” are Japanese for dog. The Kishu are very rare outside of Japan. The dog has been a “protected species” since 1934. An ancient breed, they have been around for 3000 or more years. They were born in the mountainous region of the island of Kyushu, the southern most island of Japan. Without contact with other breeds, their lines are very pure. They were used to hunt deer, wild boar and bear. Today, they still can hunt boar but are mainly kept as pets. (If you’re looking for a breeder, there are only two breeders outside of Japan — one in the Netherlands and one in Texas.)
Size: 17 to 22 inches; 30 to 60 pounds
Color: White
Life span: 11 to 13 years
Loyal, intelligent and faithful, a Kishu needs an experienced owner. A Kishu tends to bond more closely to just one person. When raised with other canines or children, they do well. Due to their high prey drive, they should not be trusted around cats or other small household companions. They are aloof — but not aggressive — around strangers. A Kishu is a thoughtful, gentle, silent dog. When training, you need to calm and confident. If he senses a hesitancy, he can become headstrong. Early socialization and obedience are highly recommended. A Kishu does not respond well to harsh and heavy handed tactics.
A Kishu is a medium sized, sturdy dog. They have a coarse, double coat of short, straight hair with a thick, soft undercoat. They have a broad head with small prick ears that sit forward. The tail curls over their back. The Kishu has fringing on the tail and cheeks. Brush weekly with a firm bristle brush to keep the coat free from matting. Give his coat more attention during seasonal shedding. Bathing should only be undertaken when necessary. Trim his nails regularly and check his ears often.

Kerry Blue Terrier

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AKC Group: Terrier
Hailing from the county Kerry region of Ireland, the Kerry Blue Terrier was a mountain dog. The national terrier of Ireland, the Kerry Blue has become Ireland’s symbol. They were used as a farm dog, house guardian, police dog and small game hunter.
Size: 17.5 to 19.5 inches high; 33 to 40 pounds
Color: Young dogs may be very dark blue or have tinges of brown. Mature dogs are any color of blue-gray.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Blood disorders, hip dysplasia, cataracts, benign cysts, skin problems, allergies or thyroid problems.
Kerry Blues are lovable, gentle, sociable dogs that are highly intelligent and have plenty of enthusiasm. They love to play and spend time with their family. If you don’t have the proper time for a dog, a Kerry Blue will become bored and destructive. They do better with an experienced owner as a Kerry Blue can be headstrong and manipulative. Socialize as early as you can so he develops a well balanced personality. They make an effective watchdog. They get along great with gentle children because they don’t like rough handling. A Kerry Blue can be very possessive of their toys and food. They won’t stand down from a challenge from another canine. With other pets they do best when they’ve been socialized properly. They are wary with strangers. Obedience should only take
him a few weeks to master. They enjoy a challenge and can pick up new tricks after a few sessions. They have difficulty with inconsistency. Be consistent with what you expect and establish a routine. Try to train in the same location. As much as you can, incorporate play into a training session. A Kerry Blue responds to body language and tone. Praise and give plenty of physical attention. If they misbehave, correct immediately. Short sessions (5 to 10 minutes once or twice a day) work best for them.
Born black, the Kerry Blue coat develops into its blue/gray color by a year to a year and a half. Their coat is wavy and soft. And that beard!! This is a stand out dog. Medium sized, a Kerry Blue has a robust, sturdy build. Brush and comb on a weekly basis. Don’t forget his beard hair — that should be brushed daily. Trim his bottom hair and clip the hair on his head once a month. The coat on his body will need to be clipped and scissor trimmed as needed. Ensure his ears are clean and dry. When he’s being groomed properly, a Kerry Blue is a low shedder.


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AKC Group: Non Sporting
Keeshonds descended from the Arctic or the Netherlands. They were bred from the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Elkhound and Pomeranian. They were first introduced into the United Kingdom. In the U.S., they first appeared in the 1920s. Originally bred to guard canal boats, they were known as the Dutch Barge dog. In Victorian England, they were called the Overweight Pomeranian.
Size: 15 to 20 inches tall; 35 to 45 pounds
Color: Mix of black, grey and cream.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Diabetes, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, cataracts, luxating patella, hip dysplasia, heart disease, seizures, von Willebrand’s Disease.
The Keeshond is an affectionate, loving, good natured dog that loves to be around his family. They thrive on your love and attention. Without enough of it, they can become bored. Your Keeshond should be friendly to just about everyone, though he will bark to sound the alarm. (They’re too friendly to be an effective watchdog though.) A Keeshond earns his nickname as the “Smiling Dutchman,” they bare their teeth in a cheerful, grinning fashion. They can be wilful and independent. Just remember to use positive training methods. Intelligent; they are quick to learn obedience. They get along fine with children, other pets and even strangers. Early socialization is recommended. When training, be mindful that a Keeshond gets bored with repetitive tasks. He will excel at obedience matters. He needs to know that you mean what you say. Consistency is key! Start training at a young age.  Discourage barking and destructive chewing. They are always ager to learn new tricks. This will also ensure they aren’t bored. You do not want a bored Keeshond on your hands. Training is also a great way to bond.
A medium sized dog, a Keeshond has a distinctive appearance and sturdy build. The double coat is dense, straight and long. They have a dense ruff around their neck. His small ears sit erect on his head. They have a luxurious plumed tail that cascades over their back. His coat requires one or two hour brushing sessions each week to avoid matting and allow air to reach their skin to avoid becoming infected. Only clip when necessary, such as for surgery. Keeshonds are prone to a condition called “post-clipping alopecia.” The clipped area becomes bald after the hair falls out. They are seasonal and (generally) heavy shedders.