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Vyatka Horse
2014-07-03 13:28:21

The Vyatka, sometimes known as Viatka, is an endangered breed of horse that is native to Kirov Oblast, mainly in the Udmurt Replublic, Russian Federation. It may have been developed in the 1500s by settlers to the region, who imported Estonian horses for working in the mines. It may also have Konik pony blood. In 1917, the Vyatka was almost extinct, but preservation efforts were implemented...

Tori Horse
2014-07-03 13:16:45

The Tori is a breed of horse that originated in Estonia. The first breed type was developed between 1890 to 1950 by crossing native mares with European stallions. The Tori’s quality slowly deteriorated from inbreeding depression found in the 1930s. The Tori was then crossed with Breton Post-Horse stallions to alleviate the inbreeding depression. As a result a larger type of Tori was...

Yurlov crower
2014-06-30 08:40:16

The Yurlov crower is an old breed of domestic chicken that was developed in Russia during the second half of the nineteenth-century. It was most likely developed by the breeding of land race chickens, fighting chickens, and Chinese breeds. During the twentieth-century, the breed was highly popular, but it declined in number when the area was known as the USSR and as the Independent Russian...

Welsummer
2014-06-30 08:00:00

The Welsummer is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in the Netherlands during the twentieth century. It was developed by crossbreeding Barnevelders, Cochins, Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, and Partridge Leghorns. Beginning in 1922, when the breed began to show uniformity, breeders began to form a standard and by 1930 the birds had been exported to Britain and accepted by the British...

Tersk Horse
2014-06-27 16:31:46

The Tersk is a breed of horse that originated in the Northern Caucasus mountains of Russia during the 1920s and 1940s. By the end of the 1920s, the breed almost became extinct, but the population increased due to adding two Strelets to the bloodline and by 1948 the Tersk Horse was recognized. Many different breeds had an impact on the development of the Tersk with Strelets Arabians being the...

Swiss Warmblood Horse
2014-06-27 16:22:40

The Swiss Warmblood is a breed of horse that originated in Switzerland around the tenth century. Originally bred at the Benedictine Monastery of Einsiedeln, but now they are raised at the Federal Stud at Avenches. The breed was improved in the 1800s by adding Anglo-Norman mares and a Yorkshire Coach Horse stallion. A Swedish Warmblood and two Hoisteiners were also added to the bloodline....

Swedish Warmblood Horse
2014-06-27 16:12:14

The Swedish Warmblood is a breed of horse that originated in Sweden during the late 1600s. It was developed by crossing imported horses with local mares. During the 1800 - 1900s, Thoroughbred, Arabian, Hanoverian and Trakehner blood was added. The imported horses used in the crossbreeding were from Denmark, Germany, England, Hungary, France, Russia, Spain and Turkey. Over time, the variety...

Spanish-Norman Horse
2014-06-27 15:50:25

The Spanish-Norman is a breed of horse that originated in Spain. It was developed by crossing the Andalusian of Spain and the Percheron of France. In 1991 a registry was formed in Connecticut, United States to maintain the breed. As of 2011, there were over 100 Andalusian stallions in the registry as foundation sires. The Andalusian was a descendent of the Iberian horse of Spain and...

Siciliana
2014-06-26 07:06:31

The Siciliana is an old breed of domestic chicken that was developed on the island of Sicily in Italy. It is thought to have been developed from a breed that was the result of a cross between local chickens and North African chickens, like the Tripolitana or the rose-combed Berbera. The breed was first introduced into America in 1863 or 1877, by a ship captain named Cephas Dawes, who quickly...

Soviet Heavy Draft Horse
2014-06-25 14:10:37

The Soviet Heavy Draft is a breed of horse originating in Russia in the late 1800s and the modern breed established by the 1940s. The horse was developed by crossbreeding native mares with imported Belgian stallions. By 1936, three breeding centers were established, Pochinkovsk, Mordovian and Gavrilovo-Posad. Other breeding centers branched off of these and in 1952 the Soviet Heavy Draft was...

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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