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01-15-2001, 01:38 AM
I have an animal in my house, it does all the following things.
Swims, Fetches & Chirps.
if you can tell which type of animal this is, you win.
You must name the type of animal & the breed.
e.g Dog, German Sheperd
heres a hint: it isnt a german sheperd.
So you're the new guy she's shackin up with eh? Hope you have better luck with her than I did.
No, no, no, I kid. I don't really even have an ex.
01-15-2001, 06:02 AM
Type of animal: Man
Breed: Tryin' to please his woman!
Am I right??
01-15-2001, 06:14 AM
no it is a real animal & a common animal but rare breed.
01-15-2001, 08:09 AM
Hmm, I recall seeing a nature special that featured a wild dog breed in either Africa or Australia that "whistled" instead of howled. Maybe that's it. I can't recall the actual breed name though.
01-15-2001, 08:13 AM
I have 2 Ragdoll cats that chirp, love water, and play fetch.
01-15-2001, 08:27 AM
I recall seeing a nature special that featured a wild dog breed in either Africa or Australia that "whistled" instead of howled. Maybe that's it. I can't recall the actual breed name though
A New Guinea Singing Dog?
01-15-2001, 09:04 AM
Is it a Maine Coon? My ex-wife had a part Maine Coon cat that would fetch and chirped rather than meow. Her's didn't swim that I know of, but I've heard that some Maine Coons do.
01-15-2001, 09:53 AM
Hobbies: Chasing a scrawny yellow bird, and avoiding umbrellas swung by little old ladies.
Turn offs: Bulldogs
Turn ons: Anything from the Acme catalog (wait, no, that's a coyote)
Bill Clinton has asked me to point out it all depends on how you define the word "fetch."
01-15-2001, 11:08 AM
The "African barkless dog" is the basenji. According to this source, they "yodel":
I'll bet they look damn silly in liederhosen, though.
Not knowing if they swim or fetch, but knowing that those are common enough canine traits, I'll go ahead and guess:
01-15-2001, 12:49 PM
Oh, and the breed of cat known for swimming is the Turkish Van, which unlike most other cat breeds, usually likes water. Whether it chirps or fetches, I cannot say.
01-15-2001, 01:40 PM
If it's a cheeky riddle, I'd guess: birddog :)
If it's a serious question, I'd say a Bottlenose Dolphin. They fetch, they swim, and they chirp.
Other animals that chirp: Frogs, Grasshoppers (and other insects), and, of course, birds.
01-15-2001, 02:17 PM
By "common animal" do you mean it's a common animal to keep as a pet?
01-15-2001, 05:44 PM
My dad had one of those hugely wrinkled Chinese dogs, a Shar Pei. In addition to the standard barks and growls, he would chirp and purr. When asleep, he snored and whistled. He could swim, though rather badly. He could fetch, but he slobbered so copiously that you didn't want to take what he brought you. He had a nice disposition, but I don't recommend this breed to anyone.
01-15-2001, 06:58 PM
It is a turkish van.
Their chirping happens when someone they like calls them, they will reply with a chirp.
it sounds like a slightly high pitched meow.
and they love playing fetch and swimming.
01-15-2001, 07:02 PM
01-15-2001, 07:26 PM
Here's some info on Turkish Vans, including some interesting pictures of the little critters in water:
Breed Info: http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/turkish-van.html
Breeding Club Info (much more detailed, with pictures): http://web2.airmail.net/vantastx/
Some of the unique traits are:
* Vans play fetch with small objects
* Vans react strongly to crumpling papers sounds
* Vans like to climb step ladders
* Vans are highly interested in running water
* Some Vans like to swim in large bodies of warm water
* Vans form strong bonds with one or two people
P.S. I wrote my dolphin post without realizing RAWisSYDNEY said "in my house". eeek! :)
01-15-2001, 07:31 PM
While researching the answer to this riddle, I came across this info:
Cats that chirp:
* American Curl
* Maine Coon
* Chantilly (not a recognized breed)
* Japanese Bobtail
* Devon Rex
* (and now ...) Turkish Van
Most cats CAN swim, but dislike getting wet.
Cats that like to swim:
* Turkish Van
* Turkish Angora (hard to believe)
Wild Cats that chirp and swim:
* Mountain Lions, and panthers in general
The best cat swimmer of all:
* The Fishing Cat (a rare Southeast Asian animal)
These lists are not exhaustive.
01-15-2001, 08:10 PM
what about my trained Tree Frog?
01-15-2001, 09:09 PM
I wouldn't have got the riddle answer right without research, but you guys brought back a long-forgotten childhood memeory.
When I was a kid, I grew up in Turkey. I lived in Bodrum, a sea side town, for a year. While there we had a cat. It used to follow us kids into the ocean, swimming way way out into the surf. As I recall, it was short haired, so I guess it was a Turkish Van. Cool! This cat was also very attached to me, and would ride around on my shoulder. I don't remeber whether it chirped or meowed, though.
01-16-2001, 05:00 AM
Add Bengal cats to the list of those that chirp, swim, and fetch. Bengals are well known for their fascination with water - actually, they can be darn pests about it.
A recent topic on Bengals-L concerned toilet-training your cats (yes, you can do it!), and everyone recommended that you NOT teach them to flush unless you don't mind paying huge water bills. They will flush the toilet over and over again so they can play with the water swirling down the drain.
Nitpick: This is less a riddle than a trivia question.
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