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Porcelaine
2008-05-28 15:54:28

The Porcelaine is a scent hound which originated in France and may be one of France's oldest dogs of this type. It is also natively called the Chien de Franche-Comté, named after a French region bordering Switzerland. It is considered to be derived from the English Harrier, Laufhound, and the Montaimboeuf, a now-extinct breed. It is used to hunt roe deer, wild boar, and hare independently...

Pont-Audemer Spaniel
2008-05-28 11:29:15

The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a gun dog which originated in France during the 19th century. Its ancestors may include the Barbet, the Poodle, and the Picardy Spaniel, along with several other old Spaniel breeds. The breed is rare; it has never been incredibly popular outside of its native country, and World War II brought them even closer to extinction. The breed specializes as a water dog, but...

Lwchen
2008-05-27 17:01:25

The Löwchen is a very rare breed, also called the Little Lion Dog. Little is known about the history of the breed. It can be seen in paintings as far back as the 1500s. The modern Löwchen was bred by enthusiasts in Belgium, France and Germany in the late 1800s. The breed may be somehow related to the Bichon Frise. The Löwchen is a small breed, sometimes considered a toy breed, and...

Tyrrhenian Painted Frog
2008-05-15 12:13:11

The Tyrrhenian Painted Frog (Discoglossus sardus), is a species of frog in the Discoglossidae family. It is found in France and Italy. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marches. It is threatened by habitat loss. Photo Copyright and Credit

Nine-spined Stickleback
2008-05-06 14:47:35

The Nine-spined Stickleback (Pungitius pungitius), is a species of fish in the Gasterosteidae family. It is found in Belarus, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Republic of, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Chartreux
2007-12-13 14:00:15

The Chartreux is a domestic breed of cat from France. Stories say that the breed's ancestors were mountain cats from what we now call Syria, brought to France by Crusaders in the 13th century who entered the Carthusian monastic order. European breeders have had to put forth some effort to keep the breed from extinction, especially following the first World War. As of 2007 there are less than 24...

Anchovy
2007-05-21 07:42:12

The anchovies are a family (Engraulidae) of small but common schooling saltwater plankton-feeding fish. They are found in scattered areas throughout the world's oceans, but are concentrated in temperate waters, and are rare or absent in very cold or very warm seas. Biology The anchovy is a small green fish with blue reflections due to a silver longitudinal stripe that runs from the base...

Greater Flamingo
2006-02-20 13:48:18

The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most prevalent species of the Flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southwest Asia (including Turkey), southern Asia (coastal regions of India) and southern Europe (including Spain and the Camargue region of France). Some populations are even short distance migrants. This rather large species averages 120 to 140 cm tall and is...

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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