The King Cheetah

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cheetah, (Acinonyx jubatus), one of the world’s most recognizable cats, known especially for its speed. Cheetahs’ sprints have been measured at a maximum of 114 km (71 miles) per hour, and they routinely reach velocities of 80–100 km per hour while pursuing prey. Nearly all the cheetahs remaining in the wild life in Africa.

Cheetahs are covered almost entirely with small black spots on a background of pale yellow and have a white underbelly. Their faces are distinguished by prominent black lines that curve from the inner corner of each eye to the outer corners of the mouth, like a well-worn trail of inky tears. Cheetahs have a long, slender body measuring 1.2 meters (4 feet), with a long tail (65–85 cm [2–3 feet]) that generally ends in a white tuft. They are about 75 cm tall at the shoulder. Weight ranges from 34 to 54 kg (75 to 119 pounds), males being slightly larger than females.

Natural history

Cheetahs have evolved many adaptations that enhance their ability to sprint. Their legs are proportionally longer than those of other big cats; an elongated spine increases stride length at high speeds; they have unretractable claws, special paw pads for extra traction, and a long tail for balance. Internally, the liver, adrenal glands, lungs, bronchi, nasal passages, and heart are all large to allow intense physiological activity. During a chase, cheetahs take about 31/2 strides per second and 60 to 150 breaths per minute. Chases are usually limited to sprints of less than 200–300 meters, however, because the increased physiological activity associated with running creates heat faster than it can be released through evaporative cooling (sweating through their paws and panting).

Early taxonomists interpreted the numerous specialized traits of cheetahs as evidence that they diverged from the other cat species early in the evolutionary history of the cat family (Felidae). The cheetah was therefore granted unique taxonomic status, and since the early 1900s it has been classified as the only species of genus Acinonyx. Cheetahs are often divided into five subspecies: A. jubatus jubatus in Southern Africa, A. jubatus fearsoni (including A. jubatus velox and A. jubatus raineyi) from eastern Africa, A. jubatus soemmeringii from Nigeria to Somalia, A. jubatus hecki from northwestern Africa, and A. jubatus venaticus from Arabia to central India. The king cheetah, once thought to be a distinct subspecies, is a Southern African form that has a “blotchy” coat pattern presumably from a rare recessive genetic mutation.

Numerous molecular genetic studies suggest that the cheetah shares a common ancestor with the puma and jaguarundi, from which it diverged six to eight million years ago, probably in North America. Fossils attributable to cheetahlike species dating from two to three million years ago have been found in North America in what is now Texas, Nevada, and Wyoming.

 

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Different Types of German Shepherds

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Different Types of German Shepherds

If you were looking to adopt an intelligent and cute puppy that you could play with, go on walks together, and who would also protect you & your home by being the most vigilant guard, then you must look no further than the German Shepherd.

German Shepherd is perhaps the most widely recognized and loved dog breeds in the world. They are one of the best guard dogs that are so good at it that almost all of the police dogs in the USA are German Shepherds.

German Shepherd Dog Price: German Shepherd cost around Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 20,000 in India. On average, the cost of a German Shepherd ranges from $500-$1,500 in the USA.

About German Shepherd Dog Breed:

The German Shepherd is a breed of working dogs originally from Germany. Originally named Alsatian Wolf Dog in the UK, its name changes to German Shepherd in 1977.

The German shepherd is a working dog developed for herding sheep. But in modern days it is used for many types of work, including disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and acting.

The German Shepherd is the second-most registered breed by the American Kennel Club and the seventh-most registered breed by The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom.

How Many Types of German Shepherd Dogs are there?

These cute yet ferocious little bodyguards are categorized into two breeding types, the “working line” and “Show Line.” You would be surprised to know that there are 5 different types of “show line” German Shepherd dogs that you can find. The most popular distinction that separates them among their different types is the color of their coats.

German Shepherd is also sometimes differentiated by the length of their hair and coat, but that is generally done only for purebred German Shepherds. Apart from being characterized based on their looks, they are also differentiated based on their personality and health, which is known as “working lines”.

List of 5 different types of German Shepherds based on their looks and coat patterns:

1. Saddle Coat German Shepherd

The German Shepherd dogs of this type are also called Saddle Back Shepherds. They are the most recognized German Shepherds of all time. There are two colors present on their coat, as with all other German shepherd types apart from the solid black shepherd. It is their distinct pattern and markings that set them apart from the other types.

The ‘saddle’ in the name “Saddle Coat German Shepherd” refers to the black fur patch on the back of the dog, which resembles the shape of a saddle on a horse. Quite a lot of people also call this type of fur pattern as ‘blanket’ pattern, which is also appropriate in the sense that the black fur represents a blanket on top of them. The color on the fur other than the saddle part is usually tan and sometimes red.

2. Black German Shepherd

These types of German Shepherd dogs are also called ‘Solid Color German Shepherd’. They are much less common as compared to the saddleback German Shepherds. You would also sometimes find accents of powdered blue color on their coats, but this is rare and these types are not considered to be solid by various dog breeding competitions.

If a German Shepherd has this blue pigment on his or her coat then your puppy would surely be accepted in the competition, but they would lose points because of their color.

3. Panda German Shepherd

Panda German Shepherds have a striking appearance of white, black, and hints of tan. They are called “Panda” because of the similarities in the appearance of their coat with pandas. Mostly their belly, chest, mouth is white in color, their back is dark and their legs are tan. This type of fur pattern is not considered to be very common.

The Panda like the appearance of these dogs is due to a genetic mutation. Having this pigmentation on their fur does not mean that they are a mixed breed as a lot of people might tend to think. Having this type of fur color might make some breeders skeptical about the health of the dogs, but they are as agile, healthy, and strong as any other German Shepherd Dogs.

4. Sable German Shepherd

The Sable German Shepherds are one of the most beautiful and unique dogs in their appearance. They are technically referred to as ‘agouti’ in many regions. This pattern known as Sable or Agouti does not manifest in a patchy manner as it does with the saddleback or the panda German Shepherds.

In fact, this unique color pattern of fur develops all over their body. The agouti shepherds are not born looking like this, the color of their coat develops gradually and becomes stronger as they get older. Some colors may be more dominant than others due to their genetic predisposition.

Usually, the color of their coat is an amalgam of black, grey, tan, or gold. At the time of their birth, the Sable German Shepherd puppies are generally tan in color and then their coat begins to develop stronger colors as they get older.

5. White German Shepherd

The white German shepherd is also a part of the Solid German Shepherd type. The only difference is that the dominant color of their fur is white instead of black which makes them genetically predisposed to develop beautiful and luscious white fur.

The only genetic difference between the two Solid German Shepherds is that the Black Shepherds have their color due to a recessive gene, whereas the White Shepherds have their color due to a dominant gene. You should not confuse white German shepherds with albinism because that is a completely different genetic factor. These white German shepherd breeds are very rare, this could be due to their disqualification from the competitors.

Best Working Lines of German Shepherds?

1. The West German Working Lines

The West German Shepherd working lines are considered as the original German Shepherds bred by Max von Stephanitz, who was the founder of the German Shepherd dog breed. These dogs were bred with a focus on their ability to work, learn, as well as listen, rather than a focus on their appearance. They are considered to be of the highest quality.

2. Czech Working Lines

The Czech German Shepherds have a lot of similar characteristics to wolves as compared to all of the other German Shepherd breeds. These Czech German Shepherds were bred specifically to guard and patrol the border of the country.

They make exceptional family pets and guard dogs. These dogs are often recruited by police departments, search and rescue teams, and other such organizations that require an intelligent and capable working dog.

 

 

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