Siamese cats like to be around other cat breeds and often enjoy a good game of fetch. The Balinese Cat is the same, except they are longhaired.
All Siamese kittens, although pure cream or white at birth, develop visible points in the first few months of life in colder parts of their body. They also tend to darken with age. The hindlegs of the Siamese are longer then their frontlegs.
Many Siamese that come from Thailand have a kink in their tails, so you can recognize them easily.
Date of Origin: Pree-1700s
Place of Origin: Thailand
Ancestry: Household and temple cats
Outcross Breeds: None
Other Name: Royal Cat Of Siam
Weight Range: 6-12 lb ( 2.5-5 kg)
Tempermant: Energetic and enterprising
Siamese need little grooming, are vocal, active and friendly to other cats.
This breed of cat has the luxrious coat of the Persian Longhair and the exotic color pattern of the Siamese. Their eye color is less intense than in the Siamese.
Date of Origin: 1950s
Place of Origin: Britin and the USA
Ancestry: Persian, Siamese
Outcross breeds: Persian
Other name: Called a Colorpoint Longhair in Britain
Weight range: 8-5 lb (3.5-7 kg)
Temperment: Calm and friendly
The Himalayan Persians need a LOT of grooming since their fur is long, thick and silky, with no wooliness. Thankfully, they love being brushed! They are intelligent, self-contained, quiet and sedate, but they can be very moody at times. By and large, they are good indoor companions.
Blue point: A cat whose blue coat color is confined to the points: the feet, ears, tail, and face mask.
Lilac Point: A diluted, brighter version of blue point. Body color is whiter and brighter than on a blue point cat.
Seal Point: Seal brown color on the points.
Chocolate Point: Chocolate brown color on the points (face mask, ears, tail, and legs), as opposed to the darker seal brown. Body color is whiter and brighter than on a seal-point cat. One distinction between the chocolate point and seal point is the color of their paw pads. The chocolate point will have pink paw pads, whereas the seal point will have dark brown paw pads.
Red or Flame Point: If both parent cats are definitely dilutes (blue, cream or bluecream), the offspring cannot be a flame point.
Cream Point: Flame and cream colors can be very close. There are hot creams and light reds. Body color is whiter and brighter than on a seal point cat.
Because of their heritage from the Siamese cats, Himalayan Persians tend to be more active than other Persians, possessing a playful side even. For example, most Himalayans love to play fetch, much like the Siamese, and a kitty toy can entertain them for hours.
This breed of cat is usually an indoor dweller. Persian Longhairs are true lounge lizards!
Date of origin: 1800s
Place of Origin: Great Britain
Ancestry: Middle East Persians
Outcross breeds: None
Other name: Called Longhairs in Great Britain
Weight range: 8-15 lb (3.5-7 kg)
Temperment: Interested observer
Persian Longhairs have very soft fur that needs daily grooming, as can be expected. Apart from that, they are self-contained cats, usually more quiet than vocal and more often than not rather sedate.
The flat face of the Persian can lead to health problems, but it gives them an attractive look. In the Middle East, they are widely known as “Shirazi cats” or, in Iran, as the “Shiraz cat”.
The art world and its patrons have long embraced their love for the Persian cat by immortalizing them in art, says the Wikipedia. The one below is possibly the most famous, certainly the world’s largest cat painting: The late 19th-century painting by Carl Kahler titled ‘My Wife’s Lovers’ measures 6-by-8.5-feet and shows plenty of Turkish Angoras and Persian cats.
The Xoloitzcuintli, pronounced show-loh-etts-qweent-lee, also known as Xolo or Mexican hairless dog, is a pretty dog and does not enjoy the day alone.
Height: 10-12 in for toy (25-35 cm), 14-18 in for mini (36-45 cm), 18-23 in for standard (46-60 cm)
Weight: 5-15 lbs for toy (2-7 kg), 15-31 lbs for mini (7-14 kg), and 24-40 lbs for standard (11-18 kg)
Coat: A variety of colors, hairless or short fur
Grooming: Twice a week.
Exersize Needs: Several long walks or play sessions
K-9 Qualites: Loyal, and good natured
Xoloitzcuintlis have a sleek body, almond shaped eyes, large bat-like ears, and a long neck. Some puppies are born with fur. Most of them are black or blue-gray in color.
Being hairless, Xoloitzcuintlis are a rare breed of primitive dog. They need gentle play and love people, enjoy long walks in the yard and like to just hang out with people a lot. If not trained properly, they can get a little bossy, mostly the toy ones.
Fun Fact: Some ‘Chupacabras‘ that people claim they have seen were actually Xoloitzcuintlis. Since this primitive dog breed is not very well known, as is the fact that dogs can be hairless in the first place, it does not fit most people’s idea of a dog. Therefore they probably assume that what they have seen can’t have been a common dog, although they often describe the animal as a “hairless dog”.
The Basenji is one of the few dogs who can’t bark. Instead, it produces an unusual yodel-like sound (commonly called a “baroo”), due to its unusually shaped larynx. They express themselves by yodleing, crowing, howling, chortling, and screaming.
From: Central Africa
Height: 16-17 in 40-43 cm
Coat: Chestnut red, black, brindle, black and tan or chestnut, all with various white markings, smooth and shiny
Grooming: Once a week
Exersize needs: A hour of play
K-9 Qualites: Independent and affectionate
Basenjis are highly prey driven and will go after cats and other small animals.
They are curious and energetic, and have a mind of their own. Their tails curl and when they perk up their ears, they look like they are in deep thought.
Basenjis might make some fun of their own and they are often into mischief.
They are known as African Barkless Dogs and still help with hunting in the remote forests of Central Africa.
Basenjis are built to be expressive.
They are very agile and love chasing fake prey, so you can imagine that Basenjis are skilled at canine sports.
Have you tried our Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe? These are Crinkle cookies as well, but this time with a taste of sunshine. It’s a shortbread dough, so make it ahead of time and put it in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably over night.
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Makes 30-40 cookies
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
powdered sugar to roll cookies in
Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, set aside.
In another bowl, mix together butter, sugar and lemon zest until creamy. Add eggs one by one, mixing in between. Then add lemon juice and vanilla extract, mix.
Add flour mixture and combine until just blended. The dough will be sticky and does not form into a ball, so just cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least an hour.
When the dough has rested long enough, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment (or not – I don’t line mine). Scoop about 1 tbsp of dough per cookie out of the bowl, roll into a ball in the palms of your hands, roll in powdered sugar and set on the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Press slightly on the dough balls to flatten them.
Bake for 10-13 minutes in the oven. If you are baking two baking sheets at the same time, rotate the baking sheets about halfway through the baking time. The cookies are done when the tops are beginning to look cracked and puffed, and the edges are slightly browned.
Remove from baking sheet and let cool on a rack. Enjoy!
Found only in remote areas of Japan, the Nue with its monkey-like head and tiger-like legs is regarded as a bringer of bad luck. This is most likely due to the black venomous cloud it emits from under its snaky tail when disturbed.