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Cows and Cattle
Animated TV Series

Is Goofy a cow or dog?

Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog. The character, originally named "Dippy Dawg," made his debut in a 1932 cartoon short called Mickey’s Revue. Months later, the same character surfaced in other cartoons looking younger, and by 1934, he was going by the name “Goofy.”

In 2012, an internet rumor began circulating stating that Goofy was actually modeled on a breed of Scottish cow, but that has since been discredited. Some of the confusion may stem from the fact that Goofy is sometimes shown as having a romantic interest in the character of Clarabelle Cow. However, the two have notable differences in appearance—Clarabelle is clearly a cow due to her horns, short ears, and pronounced snout, none of which Goofy has. The resemblance between Goofy and Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s dog, is much more apparent.

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Do dogs have belly buttons?

Yes. All mammals, sans marsupials and rare egg-layers, have belly buttons. Belly buttons are simply remnants of the umbilical cords. Humans' belly buttons are pretty noticeable, but dogs' belly buttons are small scars that are usually covered in fur.

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Dog Health
Dog Behavior
Acronyms & Abbreviations

If K-9 refers to a dog then what does K-6 mean?

'K-9' sounds like canine (ca-nine) and is used as an abbreviation for canine units in the police force in America and in some armies. It is also the name of the fictional robot dogfeatured in the four television programmes Doctor Who (1963-present), K-9 and company (1981), The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-present) and K-9 (2009-present), and many books and other media associated with those shows. The nearest counterpart; a robot called Motoman K-6 is a real-life industrial welding robot manufactured by Welding Robots.

Otherwise, K6 or K-6 may be:

  • K6 (Mountain) mountain in Pakistan
  • AMD K6, a computer microprocessor
  • Bravo Air Congo IATA code
  • Sonata in C for Keyboard and Violin (Mozart) was the sixth work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart according to the Köchel catalogue
  • K-6 (Kansas highway), a state highway in Kansas
  • K-6 represents the grades which are traditionally grouped together in American elementary schools; formerly Kindergarten through to sixth grade
  • K6 HMG, a 12.7mm heavy machine gun of South Korea
  • Ka 6 glider manufactured by Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co, Germany.
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What age do dalmatian puppies eyes change colour?

It varies from individual to individual. Some puppies will already be born with brown eyes, and some of the blue eyed bunch will never change color. Generally, if the eyes do decide they want a color change, it's a trait that happens constantly during puppy hood, albeit the changes are usually just darkening/lightening, and not actual color changes.

Usually you wont see their final 'adult' color till after they are 1 year old, and even after they hit the 1 year mark, their eyes may still be changing colors. It's not unheard of for a 3 year old dog's eyes to change color with no health problems!

With that all being said, if the puppy's eyes are still blue at 6 months, though there's a small change of them jumping to brown/hazle, don't get your hopes up too high, as at that stage they're likely to only change between shades of blue.

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Color Blindness

Why are dogs color blind?

There's a widespread belief that dogs only see in black and white, but that's just not true—they can see some colors. Structures in the eyes called cones are what allow us to see color, and most humans have three types of cones; dogs, however, only have two—they lack red-green cones and therefore can't really see those colors. They likely appear gray or brown.

As for why that is, dogs' vision evolved to be optimized for hunting in low light, meaning their night vision is ultimately more important than their color vision.

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How do you calculate a dog's age in 'dog years'?

== == == == A dog's lifespan is only a fraction of the average human's lifespan, which means that a dog ages more quickly in the same amount of time. A human of six is very young, but a dog of six is already middle aged. How can we translate a dog's chronological (actual) age into something we can compare with a human's development, maturity, and aging process? How do we know when a dog is a teenager, an adult, a senior citizen? 'Dog years' are a representation of of how old a dog would be if he lived as long as a human. On average, dogs age seven times as quickly as humans. One way to estimate how old a dog is in dog years is simply to multiply his chronological age by seven. This is probably the most popular technique for estimating a dog's physical age compared to his actual age. Unfortunately, it's not very accurate because dogs mature much more quickly than humans do. Dogs have shorter childhoods and longer adulthoods. Dogs start walking at three weeks and reach physical maturity at 18 months. If we use the seven-for-one rule that would be the same as a human toddler walking at five months or a human child reaching physical maturity by age 11. Also, while a 15-year-old dog would be considered the equivalent of a 105-year-old person, many more dogs live to be 15 than humans live to be 105. A more accurate formula would be: 10 and 1/2 dog years for the first two years, then four dog years per year thereafter. However, this formula does not take the dog's size into consideration. We know that small dogs tend to live longer than large dogs, as much as twice as long. One way to handle the influence of size on a dog's aging is to change the multiplication factor used once a dog is past two years old. for small to medium sized dogs, multiply by four

for large dogs, multiply by six

for giant breeds, multiply by eight Using this adjustment for size we can estimate that a 65 year old human is approximately equivalent to a 12-year-old small dog, a nine-year-old old large dog or a six-year-old giant dog. It still isn't perfect, but it is more accurate than assuming dogs age the same regardless of size. We know it is rare for a large dog to make it past 12 and extremely rare for a giant dog to do so. If all of this math is too much to face, fear not! There are several handly dog age calculators available on the Internet (see the links below). Try several and see how they compare. They may give slightly different ages in dog years depending on which formula they use for calculations. ---- The old rule of thumb that dogs age seven times as fast as humans comes from dividing the average human life span by the average canine life span. But it's not very accurate. As Snopes points out, most dogs reach adulthood in roughly 18 months, which would be the equivalent of a 10-year-old child. Also, while a 15-year-old dog would be considered the equivalent of a 105-year-old person, many more dogs live to be 15 than humans live to be 105. The handy Online Conversion site suggests that a more accurate formula would be: 10 and 1/2 dog years for the first two years, then four dog years per year. Maxie Beagle offers a scaled chart that distinguishes between small and large dogs (smaller breeds tend to live longer). DogAge measures your dog's biological age in human years according to factors such as breed, weight, lifestyle, and behavior. You'll find another handy lifespan chart at (where else?)

See related links below for more information. ---- The old rule-of-thumb that one dog year equals seven years of a human life is not accurate. The ratio is higher with youth and decreases a bit as the dog ages. Depending on breed, a dog experiences the raging hormones of adolescence anywhere from eight months to two years or more. Generally, a dog of six years has aged about as much as a 45-year-old human. At 10, she's like a human of 65; at 12, a human of 75; and at 15, a human of 90. For Example: for a dog that is 10 yrs. old

(the first two years) 10.5 * 2 = 21

(plus the next eight years) 4 * 8 = 32

21 + 32 = 53 years old A dog's lifespan is only a fraction of the average human's lifespan, which means that a dog ages more quickly in the same amount of time. ----

* While not that scientifically accurate, a "dog year" is 7 human years. * Dogs age 4 years for every 1 human year. * One human year equals 7 dog years * To convert dog years to human years, take the dog's chronological age and multiply it by seven. * For every year in mans life a dog ages ten years. * it depends on height and weight * It is said for every human year, a dog ages 7 years. * 10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per human year for each year after. * dogs essentially "age" 7 times faster than humans. * you multiply by 7 to get dog years, so if my dog is 3, then in dog years he would be 21. * you might like to look further into this answer to your question about 7 yrs to every one year---By the time your dog is one you can expect him/her to be approx. 15 and 24yrs old by 2. * first year is roughly 16, second is 24, and you keep adding 4 doggy years to one human year as the dog gets older. * For every one dog year, there is 1/7 of a human year. * If your dog is 6 years old in human she/he is either 30 or 32 different dogs age differently Its either 6*5 or 6*7 depending on the type the breed, and what you believe. * you times how much years they have been with you with 8 * But now the "dog years" theory is, for the most part, discredited, because a lot of dogs live to be 13, but not a whole lot of people are 98. * Like nearly every animal, dogs mature at a different speed. Most dogs die at, say, 10-15 years old (of old age). If you have a 13 year old dog that died of old age, it's not the same as a 13 year old human passing of old age. In dogs, a young adolescent (usually about 15 years in human years) is about 1 year old. A 1 year old human isn't even a preteen! There for, because of these reason, people needed an easier way to calculate dogs' ages. There came dog years! * It's been a misconception for decades that every year of a dog's life is the equivalent of 7 years compared to a human's life. The actual rate at which dogs age varies, depending on the breed and size of the dog. * I believe it's because humans have more treatment. By this I mean that humans take care of themselves by going to the doctor more, getting flu shots, wash everyday, and not only that, humans KNOW alot about their own bodies than dogs do. When a dog has a flea, all they really do is itch, but when humans have lice or something, they wash their hair or go to the doctor. Contrary to the last statement above, many dogs do get medical care, vaccinations, baths, etc., so that really plays no role in the average years of a dog's life compared to human years. == == According to Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook,written by James M. Griffin MD, and Liisa D. Carlson, DVM, the actual dog's age in relation to human years is: 1 = 15

2 = 24

3 = 28

4 = 32

5 = 36

6 = 40

7 = 44

8 = 48

9 = 52

10 = 56

11 = 60

12 = 64

13 = 68

14 = 72

15 = 76

16 = 80

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What is stray cur?

A stray is an animal that doesn't have a home; a cur is a dog of undetermined lineage, or a mutt.

Also there are two regional breeds of dogs that have "cur" as part of their names: Black-mouthed Cur (Resembles "Old Yeller" in the movie) and Mountain Cur (black with tan feet).

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How long do sausage dog live?

Dachshund is the correct name for "Sausage-dogs" or "Wiener-dogs," and their lifespan can be greatly dictated by the manner in which they were bred. A general expectancy is 14- to 17-years.

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Color Blindness

Are dogs colorblind?

Dogs are not color blind - they see color, but their chromatic acuity is significantly less than humans'. This is for two reasons: (1) dogs have far fewer cone cells in their retina (cone cells are responsible for seeing color); and (2) dogs are dichromatic (they see only two primary colors - blue and yellow) whereas humans are trichromatic, meaning we see three primary colors - red, blue, and yellow.

Humans have 7 times higher proportion of cone cells than dogs, meaning that when dogs do see colors, they are pale or faded. However dogs have a much higher concentration of rod cells, which are responsible for seeing black-and-white, and also much more sensitive in lower light conditions. For that reason, dogs have much better night vision than people.
Well actually dog aren't color blind... they can see colors like grey, black, and white, etc. so they are down the middle of blind and not blind. They can only see dark colors.

Have a good day :)
Actually, some dogs can see some colors, like blues or greens. Scientists are still trying to figure out what can and cannot be seen. But, most dogs can see some color, but mainly black and white.
not really they can see colors like us. only dogs have hard time seeing colors that are simaliar in looks like red and orange. sometimes they see colors darker or lighter in color. Some dogs have eye vision that can only see black and white
It is a common misconception that dogs see only in black and white. Cone photoreceptors are the cells in the retina responsible for color vision. They are present in dog and cat retinas. Although dogs and cats do have some color vision, there are species differences in color vision. Humans with normal vision have 3 types of cones. Dogs and cats have only 2 types of cones so they do not experience the same spectrum of color vision that we do. Color vision in dogs and cats is called dichromatic versus trichromatic color vision in people. It is thought that dogs can see blues and yellows the best and that they can distinguish reds from blues but that they have difficulty distinguishing reds from green. They are considered similar to red-green color-blind humans.

Of course, this is what we THINK... Until we find a way to actually communicate with them, we won't be able to ask them to find out for sure.

They are, however, predators so they need color to see prey and potential danger.
Nobody can tell for 100%... you can have one scientist saying yes they are and one that says no they aren't. :( it bugs me too. Scientist are trying to figure it out but still nobody knows fro sure! :(

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Dog Health
Cat Products
Dog Care

Can my chihuahua get sick if she eats cat food?

This question also confused me as I have a dog and a cat. My dog likes to eat kinds of food including cat food but my cat is not interested in his partner's food anymore. After I knew the nutrition and ingredient of dog and cat food are different, as they have different digestive systems and nutritional requirements, I separate their food bowls-putting the cat's one in a high place, so the dog cannot reach it and eat cat food. Why is cat food bad for dogs? Cat food tends to be high in fat, calories and protein which means it's not ideal for dogs. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may suffer gastrointestinal upset, sickness and diarrhoea after eating cat food.

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Math and Arithmetic
Weight and Mass

How much does a pencil weigh in grams?

A new pencil can weigh around 25 grams, or depending on the size of it, it may be less.

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Dog Breeds

How does a dog sweat through its mouth?

Dogs, unlike humans do not have sweat glands in their skin and thus do not sweat. The way they keep themselves cool is by panting, which has a similar affect to sweating by pulling heat off of the dogs body and transferring it to the air/moisture in the air.

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How many inches does a long hair dogs tail grow per month?

depends on the dog

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Dog Breeds

How big will a full grown dachshund be?

0.1 cm

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Cats (Felines)
Chipmunks and Squirrels

How many chipmunk years is in one human year?

Chipmunks usually live about 2 to 3 years. So 1 human year is about 30(give or take) Chipmunk years.

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How do dogs raise their puppies?

all dogs raise there puppies differently it probably depends on its size shape its behavior and how they get along with there siblings if they have any

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What animal barks?

Dogs, seals and sea lions are commonly known to bark, but deer and some species of monkeys bark as well. Chinchillas could be said to utter a high-pitched barking call.

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Animal Rights and Abuse

Does the animal shelter put sick dogs to sleep?

It depends on which animal shelter you're talking about. There are some who simply do not treat any animals and they kill all or nearly all animals for illness or space. Some treat minor illnesses then the animal is put up for adoption. If space gets tight, though, they may still kill animals.

There are at least 87 communities in the United States with shelters who do not kill for space, nor do they kill animals with treatable illnesses or animals with behavior problems that can be rehabilitated. These shelters manage to save over 90% of the animals who come through their doors, reserving euthanasia for its true purpose: to end irremediable suffering.

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What stores sell puppy posters?

no one really cares about puppy posters right!?

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Dog Health
Dog Care

Why do dogs get a dry stool?

Some causes are not drinking enough water, or eating unsuitable foods. If the dog is constipated, the vet should give you advice.

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Yorkshire Terriers

Do you walk a teacup yorkie?

A Yorkshire Terrier is a dog and it would need exercise just like every other dog does. You should walk him or her daily using a 6 foot lead and a collar. Daily walks are best, around 20 minutes a day and work up to 45 minutes a day.

Find a local obedience class in your area. Check with your local Dog Club, Animal Shelter or Veterinarian to find the nearest obedience class. It will teach your dog manners and how to properly walk on a leash & collar. You both get the added pleasure of learning to work together. I recommend using a nylon slip collar, like a choke chain but it is made of nylon. Measure you dog's neck and add 2 inches to the length to find the correct size for the nylon choker. It will not hurt the dog if used properly. You would only have this on your dog during walks, obedience classes, etc. Never leave it on as they could possibly hang themselves by accident.

Leave a regular collar on for everyday use. Just remember all dogs, no matter what their size is, need exercise and to learn the proper way of walking with you, plus manners. People seem to think sometimes, just because the dog is small, that it should be babied and pampered, but that is not healthy mentally or physcially for your small dog.

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Dog Behavior

Do dogs have scent glands in their paws?

Yes they do. Just like wolves do.

That is why some dogs scrape there paws backwards after going to the toilet. They are leaving more of their scent.

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Dog Health

Why do dogs have wet noses?

Dogs' noses secrete a small amount of mucus which serves two purposes: to help their sense of smell, and to keep themselves cool. The thin layer of mucus helps with the absorption of scent chemicals from the air. In addition, the nose, along with the mouth and the pads of the feet, is one of the locations where dogs' bodies release heat.

A dry nose CAN mean the dog is sick, but a perfectly healthy dog may have a dry nose, as well.

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Dog Health
Dog Care

What age can a pitbull puppy leave his mother?

It should be 8 weeks, just a little sooner if he/she is eating dry food good and drinking water on it`s own.

It is better, however, if puppies can stay with the mom/family for 10 weeks (or even 12), because it helps with the socialization of the puppy.

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Dog Breeds
Australian Cattle Dogs

Will my 10 week old blue heeler's ear prick up?

Most likely. Australian Cattle Dogs are born with their ears floppy, but eventually they should stand up. It does not happen with some dogs until they are a few months old. In rare cases, a dog's ears will stay floppy, though this is a flaw in the show ring. (Perfectly fine for a pet!)


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