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THE PIXIE-BOB: Resembles a Wild Bobcat but Behaves like a Friendly Dog

Almost 30 years ago, a kind-hearted woman named Carol Ann Brewer acquired an unusual cat. It was believed to be the product of a natural mating between a wild bobcat from the mountainous region of Washington state and a domestic feline. Inspired by the cat’s exotic look, Carol Ann spent the rest of her life developing a breed of cat with a Bobcat’s physical characteristics but offering a wonderful range of traits from kittens with “stories,” also known as Legend Cats™. One such cat was “Ol’ Stumpie” who (supposedly) “came down the mountain in the spring…” Meet the Pixie-Bob.

Despite its wild look, today’s DNA testing has confirmed that no wild genes are present in this breed. In fact, this cat behaves more like a docile domestic pet ironically with many of the qualities we love about our favorite most intelligent and well-behaved dogs. In fact, Carol Ann used to joke that these cats were part monkey! A pet of many talents, the Pixie-Bob is smart enough to learn to walk cooperatively on a leash and harness, play fetch, and recognize a range of human commands. They’ve been known to play hide & seek, as well as join their owners in the tub or shower. Most people are surprised to learn that Pixie-Bobs actually enjoy riding in the car! But unlike the wild bobcat who is shy around people, the very alert Pixie-Bob is extremely relaxed in the home, interested in participating in every activity and is equally amicable to both family and strangers as well as other household animals. A child’s loyal companion and treasured soul mate, it is full of playful energy to entertain without limit. With lynx-tipped ears, the occasional manifestation of polydactyl toes and a short bobbed tail, this adorable cat fulfills any cat lover’s wildest dreams. Its brown spotted coat includes a muted pattern of ticking also reminiscent of its legendary wild roots. Considered a quiet cat who purrs loudly, it will intersperse its meows with chirping, chattering or sometimes growling in its short conversations with you. Built with heavy muscular limbs, its hind legs are often longer than the front with large paws which sometimes include extra toes. Addressing this rare distinction, The International Cat Association (TICA) which recognized the Pixie-Bob for championship status in 1998, has allowed within this cat’s standard the unusual trait of polydactylism, up to a maximum of 7 toes per foot.

One of today’s most celebrated breeders of the Pixie-Bob is Shari Fedewa of Living Legend Cattery. Shari was fortunate to be mentored by her late close friend Carol Ann Brewer, whose valuable advice has influenced the Pixie-Bobs that Shari offers today. With a long history of home-bred champions, she has exhibited many from her TICA-rated “Outstanding Cattery.” Some of these have reached the pinnacle of all championships, Supreme Grand Champion. Besides being featured on Animal Planet, within many magazines and numerous TV presentations, Shari’s Pixie-Bobs have repeatedly earned a full range of prestigious awards including “Best of Breed” Pixie-Bobs in not only the Southeast region of the United States but recently and more significantly, the entire world! Kind enough to share a selection of photos of her cats for this post, Shari invites you to learn more about her Pixie-Bobs at http://www.floridapixiebobs.com/ You may also visit https://www.pets4you.com/pixie-bob.html.

Photo Courtesy of Living Legend Pixie Bobs: http://www.floridapixiebobs.com/

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LABRADOR RETRIEVER: The Most Popular Dog in the World!

The Labrador Retriever has consistently held the top spot in breed popularity in the United States for the past 24 years! On a worldwide scale, studies done during the past decade by the World Canine Organization (aka Fédération Cynologique Internationale) have ranked this dog as the top dog in all 84 major countries it represents as well.

And for good reason! A highly accomplished breed, the Labrador Retriever excels in a number of important skills which serve the hunting and service sectors of our culture. In addition to being an outstanding waterfowl retriever and superlative upland game gun dog on the hunt; an intelligent partner in police and military search-and-rescue activities; as well as a compassionate servant to people with disabilities or other physical and emotional needs; this dog offers families and children a special kind of affectionate, reliable and devoted companionship for a valuable lifelong friendship.

Labs are typically black, yellow and chocolate, black being most predominant in the majority of registries. Generally more lithe if its lifestyle is governed by field trials, the Lab (like many dogs...as well as people!) can be prone to weight gain if not monitored carefully for overeating! As with all dogs given proper training and socialization, the Lab will exude a patient, quiet, obedient and well-disciplined demeanor in whatever activity it is engaged, regardless of the level of difficulty or physical demands involved. With the ability to intuitively sense the need for its assistance, the Labrador Retriever has been known to perform heroic feats of rescue totally independent of any human interaction.

These are some of the qualities that Idaho’s Sawtooth Retrievers refine in their breeding and training program dedicated to started and finished gun dogs. Concentrating on only their own very special dogs, their breeding initiative is highly selective, usually matching a Male Field Champion and a Female Master Hunter. This produces a dog tough enough to withstand the elements and run in high-level competition if you so desire, but stable and level-headed enough to make a great hunting companion.

A prime example is Smoke, the exquisite 2-year-old male Finished Gun dog pictured above who is available to a new home. This dog is so loved and admired that candidates must prove  outstanding qualifications within a required 3-day program to learn care, proper setting and handling of this exceptional Lab. To learn more, please call: (208) 578-7695. Photos courtesy of http://sawtoothretrievers.com. For more info on Labrador Retrievers of the highest level of quality, visit https://www.pets4you.com/labrador-retriever.html #labradorretrievers #dog #huntingdogs #doglovers  
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BICHON FRISE: Totally Charming. Utterly Adorable!

With a long history as a gentle, entertaining and lovable breed, there is no wonder that this dog ranks so well in worldwide delight. With hair rather than fur, much like a poodle, the Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shon Free-ZAY, meaning “fluffy white dog” in French, according to the AKC) does not shed but requires vigilant grooming to maintain coat health and appearance. Often recommended for people with allergies, this is a dog whose presence is easily tolerated depending on severity of sensitivity. Also easily trained to channel its abundant level of energy, this smart little dog enjoys performing tricks in the hopes of being rewarded by human praise and affection. A wonderful dog for child and adult alike, the Bichon’s lovely temperament and positive disposition provides endless pleasure of companionship and pride in ownership for many joyful years together. To select a choice puppy from a reputable breeder, please consult this trusted source: https://www.pets4you.com/bichon-frise.html #BichonFrise   #Dog  
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OCICAT: Ocelot looks with a pussy cat heart.

With the look of an ocelot for which this cat is named, the Ocicat is one of the most personable and devoted of all domestic cats. Mostly distinguished by its extremely attractive wildcat spotted patterns in a variety of hues which can include golds, greys, blues and other tones, this cat has no origins from wild blood and behaves curiously like a dog in many ways. Able to do typical canine tricks, respond to commands, speak to you, and easily learn to walk on a leash or harness, the Ocicat is also drawn to water where it finds entertainment and delight. With origins in such breeds as Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair, the Ocicat is the only domestic cat who resembles wildcats through inspired breeding efforts. Extremely agile like many feline breeds, the Ocicat seeks your personal attention to engage in regular, vigorous play. Once acquainted with the Ocicat, many aficionados report total allegiance to this highly alluring breed, smitten by its charming personality and warm congeniality with everyone it meets. For a highly respected source of reputable breeders, please visit: https://www.pets4you.com/ocicat.html. Photo by Stacey, courtesy of JumpnSpots Ocicats. #Ocicat #cat  
 
 
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ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL: Whether for Field or Show, this dog will steal your heart.

Like many dogs within the AKC’s sporting group, the English Springer Spaniel is unquestionably one of the most dedicated hunting dogs you’ll ever find, eager to use its well-honed skills with disciplined diligence and unrelenting energy. No prodding is ever necessary to motivate this enthusiastic, versatile gun dog. Its highly discerning sense of smell and inexhaustible endurance has also given this breed well-earned respect among search-and-rescue efforts, along with military, criminal and other danger-prevention agencies. Yet, when you get the dog home, it is one of the most obedient, fun-loving and affectionate pets a child could ever ask for, perfect for active families who enjoy a lively lifestyle. A dog of this level of energy, instinctive drive and desire to engage your attention truly needs a demanding physical outlet on a daily basis. If it’s not a hunting expedition to flush and retrieve upland game or waterfowl, the next best thing is a long, brisk walk, or run, with the people it loves. Not only a high achiever in the field, it has also established a championship niche on the competitive show circuit. Show dogs and field dogs tend to differ in some aspects of physical appearance and aptitude due to definitive breeding differences. More abbreviated tail docking, longer coats and more pendulous ears are frequently seen in the elegant show dog, while a wiry build is sometimes more representative of the field dog who excels in speed and agility. Not fond of solitude or boredom, but quite enamored of the dinner bell, many amicable dogs can wage an ongoing battle of the bulge. The English Springer Spaniel offers lifelong loyalty delivered in a dependably joyful spirit and a sweetly genuine demeanor. Tender, proud and sensitive, this dog deserves the best of your love.

Photo Courtesy of Deb Kirk/KayNDee English Springer Spaniels

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TIBETAN MASTIFF: The World’s Most Expensive Dog Breed?

According to many reputable global media sources, in 2011 a red/gold Tibetan Mastiff puppy sold for $1.5 million to a woman in Northern China. In 2013 a second gold Tibetan Mastiff puppy, weighing a cool 200 pounds, sold to a Chinese land developer for $1.9 million. Considered a status symbol among the affluent in China, this ancient guard dog purportedly can provide a handsome return on investment, despite its exorbitance, when used in breeding efforts. Some experts claim that these prices are driven up by breeders for shock value in the press, with the actual exchange of funds not yet substantiated. What is confirmed, however, is the adoration these dogs receive both for their appearance and their historic fame, not to mention their treasured value in China akin to that of a rare panda bear. In a family setting, an intruder would have no chance against a protector of this intensity since the dog’s main role has traditionally been one of guardian of its “flock.” Originally, these dogs were tied up during the day, then let loose at night to defend the women, children, habitats and animals left in their charge, a role the dogs took very seriously. Centuries of this trust has produced a breed of extremely high intelligence who relies completely on its own judgment for critical guard duty. As a result, deciding to adopt an animal of this level of independence comes with a serious responsibility for meticulous socialization and obedience training. This usually is best accomplished by an owner with the knowledge and skill to control such a powerful dog. Yet, serenity permeates the Tibetan Mastiff’s demeanor, along with an aloof manner around strange visitors, since the dog does not choose attack as its initial response to perceived danger. Instinctively gentle with even your youngest children, a dog of this aptitude learns quickly and needs appropriate daily mental and physical challenge to keep it satisfied. Superstitiously believed to have “lion’s blood” in its ancestry, this rather imposing creature is a clean animal, with minimal shedding except when it ‘blows” its entire coat all at once, and joyfully, no odor, a considerable benefit for such a large dog. Extremely loyal to its immediate family and a visual magnet for public admiration, a well-behaved Tibetan Mastiff is a joy with whom to share your life, one who shows polite reserve even in moments of lavish affection. For highly reputable sources of puppies, visit: https://www.pets4you.com/tibetan-mastiff.html #Dog #GuardDog #LargeDog #TibetanMastiff  
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CANE CORSO: A POWERFUL ITALIAN MASTIFF WITH A SWEET DISPOSITION

Imposing in presence, noble in character, the Cane Corso is a powerful dog with deep devotion to those with whom it shares its life. While the Italian origins of this dog and its name seem to have a number of possible explanations, pronunciation in Italian is KAHN-ay KOR-so, “Cane” meaning dog, and “Corso,” according to some, meaning “of Corsica.” Others cite the word as a derivative of an ancient Italian adjective, “Corsus,” meaning sturdy or robust. In America, most people pronounce the breed name as Cane Corso (as in “candy cane”) without awareness of its Italian roots.  

Beyond its name, this dog possesses a deeply ingrained protective instinct from a history of guarding the herd and hunting large, ferocious wild prey. Yet, with proper training and early expert socialization, this breed is surprisingly sweet in nature especially to children with whom it has been raised. Also typically quiet except if aroused by suspicion, this dog is not prone to aggression unless it senses imminent danger from which it will defend you with its life! A highly intelligent, sensitive dog with a need for your companionship, confidence and dominant leadership, the Cane Corso responds best to praise and strives to win your approval. With its formidable muscular build and dignified majestic demeanor, this is one of the world’s most respected guard dogs ranking impressively high in international popularity.

For full appreciation of the excellence of this breed, we have pictured “Legend” of Shipley Cane Corso and “Axil” of Lakeview Cane Corso, two of the world’s most reputable sources of these magnificent canine specimens. For more detailed information, please visit https://www.pets4you.com/cane-corso.html.

Photo of “Legend” courtesy of Shipley Cane Corso http://www.shipleycanecorso.com/. Photo of “Axil” courtesy of Lakeview Cane Corso http://www.lakeviewcanecorsos.com/.

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BLUE BAY SHEPHERD: A Stunning New Breed
with the Intelligence of a German Shepherd,
the Sweetness of a Collie and the Look of a Wolf

Among the worldwide community of pet enthusiasts, there are probably many who contend that any breeding efforts are questionable in this day and age of countless rescue animals in need of good homes. Others may scoff at the idea of tampering with the indomitable spirit of a pure German Shepherd with its age-old characteristics and unique personality. What all may agree upon, though, is that the developer of the Blue Bay Shepherd has introduced a dog spectacular in its appearance while possessing the gentle nature of some of the world’s most affectionate breeds. With some 20 years in dedication and a lifetime of experience, Blue Bay Shepherd founder Vicki Spencer of Southern Breeze Kennel in Palm Bay, Florida has produced an impressive number of these dogs to date which reside all over the world with families who couldn’t be happier with their dazzling appeal and engaging temperament. With its lineage rooted in several select European breeds, one of which was the Blue German Shepherd, a dog with its own wolf ancestry, the Blue Bay Shepherd has only one parent with wolf heritage 5 generations removed, making these first dogs F6. The next step is to breed Blue Bay Shepherd with Blue Bay Shepherd, further domesticating the breed. Admittedly a work in progress, the Blue Bay Shepherd is a very beautiful animal imbued with a canine charisma and alluring charm it exudes liberally despite its imposing presence. As smart as it is magnificent, this breed responds quickly to training with the excellence typical of a German Shepherd and not surprisingly requires a daily physical and intellectual challenge to satisfy its strong desire for accomplishment and approval. To learn more about this truly exquisite creature, visit https://www.pets4you.com/blue-bay-shepherd.html. Photos courtesy of Vicki Spencer. #BlueBayShepherd #dogs #wolfdog  
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Dogue de Bordeaux: Intimidating French Mastiff Has a Heart of Pure Gold

Distinguished by a pervasively calm demeanor, like that of an enlightened buddha, the Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff, seems to exude a quality of astute insight and solemn wisdom. With a face that belies the affection within, the Dogue de Bordeaux can have an intimidating effect on strangers who are not familiar with the breed. While most dogs require expert socialization and training when young to ensure proper behavioral etiquette, this dog particularly needs this kind of attention because of its exceptional strength and tendency toward protectiveness. Extremely devoted to its immediate family and wonderfully patient with little children, this dog is an excellent companion to those who appreciate the privilege of canine fidelity. Famous for its role in the popular Tom Hanks’ movie “Turner and Hooch,” this intelligent breed was featured as lovable co-star. Weighing well over 100 lbs. in adulthood, the French Mastiff benefits from consistent daily exercise where it can enjoy the camaraderie of your company as well as the security of your leadership. Not prone to excessive barking but highly sensitive to impending danger, this dog will defend your safety with its life. With a coat that resembles the allure of deep plush velvet primarily in rich tones of fawn and mahogany, the Dogue de Bordeaux sheds very little which when combined with its serene temperament greatly contributes to an overall easy lifestyle. Despite this dog’s imposing presence and highly developed sense of caution, when skillfully trained with kindness and praise, it will impress you with its impeccable obedience and lifelong respect, essential qualities we all desire in the dogs we love. Looking for a high-quality puppy from a reputable source? https://www.pets4you.com/dogue-de-bordeaux.html Photo by Paul, courtesy of Old School Bordeaux
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ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL: Whether for Field or Show, this dog will steal your heart.

Like many dogs within the AKC’s sporting group, the English Springer Spaniel is unquestionably one of the most dedicated hunting dogs you’ll ever find, eager to use its well-honed skills with disciplined diligence and unrelenting energy. No prodding is ever necessary to motivate this enthusiastic, versatile gun dog. Its highly discerning sense of smell and inexhaustible endurance has also given this breed well-earned respect among search-and-rescue efforts, along with military, criminal and other danger-prevention agencies. Yet, when you get the dog home, it is one of the most obedient, fun-loving and affectionate pets a child could ever ask for, perfect for active families who enjoy a lively lifestyle. A dog of this level of energy, instinctive drive and desire to engage your attention truly needs a demanding physical outlet on a daily basis. If it’s not a hunting expedition to flush and retrieve upland game or waterfowl, the next best thing is a long, brisk walk, or run, with the people it loves. Not only a high achiever in the field, it has also established a championship niche on the competitive show circuit. Show dogs and field dogs tend to differ in some aspects of physical appearance and aptitude due to definitive breeding differences. More abbreviated tail docking, longer coats and more pendulous ears are frequently seen in the elegant show dog, while a wiry build is sometimes more representative of the field dog who excels in speed and agility. Not fond of solitude or boredom, but quite enamored of the dinner bell, many amicable dogs can wage an ongoing battle of the bulge. The English Springer Spaniel offers lifelong loyalty delivered in a dependably joyful spirit and a sweetly genuine demeanor. Tender, proud and sensitive, this dog deserves the best of your love.

Photos Courtesy of Deb Kirk/KayNDee English Springer Spaniels; Show Dog photo by Diana Hadsall

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The Angelic RAGDOLL: TICA’s 2nd Most Popular Cat Worldwide!

Ranking right after the first place Bengal cat on a global scale, the Ragdoll is the world’s runner-up in popularity, according to the International Cat Association. The Cat Fanciers’ Association ranks it as number 4, following the Persian, Exotic and Maine Coon, who occupy the top three spots respectively. While all of these breeds are praised for their lovely temperaments, the Ragdoll may be the most docile of all. Despite its large size (males can reach up to 20 pounds), it will allow a child to carry it around after dressing it up in doll’s clothes, reacting not with patience but with sincere enjoyment. The cat loves human interaction very much like a friendly dog, and is noted for being so relaxed it literally collapses in your arms like a “ragdoll” for which it gets its name. Easily one of the most beautiful of all cats with its large expressive blue eyes and endearingly arresting innocence, the Ragdoll also has a moderately long-haired coat with softness similar to that of a rabbit, yet it sheds very little. The cat also is available in a wide range of pointed patterns and colors, all stunningly sumptuous. Whether for seniors who may lead a more sedentary lifestyle and prefer a quiet feline companion, or for bustling families full of dogs, kids and noise, the congenial Ragdoll will accept either scenario with a gracious, sweet and affectionate spirit. The only difficulty you may need to confront is the decision to adopt just one! For a highly acclaimed source of reputable breeders, please visit: https://www.pets4you.com/ragdoll.html #ragdollcat #cat  
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I have some Seal Point ragdoll Kittens ready to go June 1 for $800 from TICA Sweetheartrags in Jacksonville. FL
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The Bengal Cat: Wild in Beauty. Tender at Heart.

Because of the Cat Fanciers’ Association policy of ostracizing any cat which has been bred from a wild species, the Bengal is not recognized by that organization. As a result, the majority of lists which name the most popular cats do not include the Bengal. However, truth be told, the Bengal is probably the most popular cat in the world today, and has been fully recognized by the International Cat Association since 1991. In fact, that group praises the excellence of breeders’ efforts to develop a cat of this level of appeal, not just wild in looks but loving in personality! While countless cat lovers everywhere have been smitten by this unique animal who traces back to the Asian Leopard cat, some of today’s well-known celebrities are also purported to be among the cat’s aficionados. Some of these include actress Kristen Stewart; rock star Bruce Springsteen; fashion mogul Calvin Klein; actress Goldie Hawn; actor Kevin Bacon; and key members of the British royal family, to name a few. With behavior more reminiscent of a devoted dog, the Bengal cat seeks to engage your participation in its favorite activities, or to join you in yours including your shower, your housework and your bedtime. But for the most part, this cat is extremely precocious – brilliant, in fact, and typically self-absorbed, busy with exploration at the highest point in your room one minute, solving the mechanism of some locked obsession the next. And just when you think your lifestyle has failed to deliver adequate excitement, this cat will suddenly decide that it’s you it loves, stealing your heart with its adorable affection and intoxicating hugs. If this sounds alluring, the Bengal is the cat for you. High-quality kittens are available from reputable breeders at this highly-acclaimed source: https://www.pets4you.com/bengal.html #bengalcats #cats  
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