My favourite animals

  1. pigs
  2. dogs
  3. guinea pigs
  4. Owls

Pigs

Pigs are incredibly intelligent. Some have indicated that they are as smart as dogs. Due to that fact, many people have chosen to go beyond the concept of looking at pigs as a food source, but now keep them as house pets.They are incredibly social creatures that form bonds with pigs and people. The love laying down in close contact with each other. Unlike the typical image, pigs are actually very clean. They make sure that their eating areas are completely separate from their toilet areas and even newborn babies will leave their nest to use the toilet only hours after they have been born.

Breeds:
  • Aksai Black Pied - Black & White
  • American Yorkshire - White
  • Angeln Saddleback - Black & White
  • Arapawa Island - Red & Black

Dogs

There are hundreds of official dog breeds in the world and even more mixes and mutts than we can count. Each dog has his own unique set of characteristics and personality. But one thing is certain – these loveable and wonderful companions are fascinating creatures. Dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) and during this REM stage dogs can dream. The twitching and paw movements that occur during their sleep are signs that your pet is dreaming.Dogs’ eyes contain a special membrane, called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark.A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.Dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and the third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” which helps keep the eye moist and protected.Dogs’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth.

Breeds:
  • Saluki - Black, White
  • Samoyed - White
  • Schipperke - Black
  • Siberian Husky - Grey, Black, White

Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs originally come from the Andes mountains in South America. the name for a male Guinea pig is boar, and the name for a female Guinea pig is sow.You can tell that a guinea pig is happy because they purr.When they sense their owner is nearby they will squeak to get their attention.They are very social animals and love the company of others, even humans. They do not bite in defence and will only bite because they think your hand is food.Guinea pigs love to be held as they love contact.Guinea pigs are really easy to handle as they are very tame.

Kinds:
  • Albino - has red eyes and most of the time is white.
  • Normal - has black eyes and comes in many colours such as black, white, brown, grey and so on.

Owls

Many owl species have asymmetrical ears. When located at different heights on the owl’s head, their ears are able to pinpoint the location of sounds in multiple dimensions. Ready, aim, strike.The eyes of an owl are not true “eyeballs.” Their tube-shaped eyes are completely immobile, providing binocular vision which fully focuses on their prey and boosts depth perception.Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees. A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains and eyes when neck movement cuts off circulation.A group of owls is called a parliament. This originates from C.S. Lewis’ description of a meeting of owls in The Chronicles of Narnia.Owls hunt other owls. Great Horned Owls are the top predator of the smaller Barred Owl.The tiniest owl in the world is the Elf Owl, which is 5 - 6 inches tall and weighs about 1 ½ ounces. The largest North American owl, in appearance, is the Great Gray Owl, which is up to 32 inches tall.The Northern Hawk Owl can detect—primarily by sight—a vole to eat up to a half a mile away.In fat years when mice are plentiful, usually monogamous Boreal Owls are apt to be promiscuous. Because easy prey means less work for parents feeding their young, males have been caught mating with up to three females, while females have been seen with at least one beau on the side.Barn Owls swallow their prey whole—skin, bones, and all—and they eat up to 1,000 mice each year.Northern Saw-whet Owls can travel long distances over large bodies of water. One showed up 70 miles from shore near Montauk, New York.

Breeds:
  • Great Horned Owl - Brown, Orange, White
  • Barn Owl - Brown, Orange, White
  • Snowy Owl - White, Black
  • Bengal Eagle Owl - Light Orange, White, Black