92% of People Can't Name These Dangerously Cute Animals. Can You?

By: Jody Mabry
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People have always had affection toward dogs, cats and horses. These dangerously cute animals are not only adorable but also offer loving companionship to their human friends. How many of these dangerously cute breeds can you name from an image?

Despite their height, Dachshunds are not wimpy pushovers. They're busy little dogs, inquisitive and active, and, toddler-like, they love to help with household chores. The Dachsie is brave and confident.

In the 1930s, Bulldogs were taken to heart. This breed personified the courage and determination of the United States Marine Corps and was a favorite of our English allies. Some admirers even joked that Prime Minister Churchill looked a bit like a Bulldog, thus the trendy bully name of Winston.

The Miniature Horse traces its history back to the 17th century in Europe, when oddities and unusual animals were talking points among nobility. Less refined Minis were employed as “pit ponies,” working and living inside mines. Minis were imported to America in the 1930s to work in the coal mines.

Maine Coons are named for their fluffy, raccoon-like tail. They have a heavy, water-resistant coat over a muscular frame. They are one of the largest domestic cats, weighing between 10 and 18 pounds!

Basset Hounds have big feet, trailing ears, and low-slung undersides that pick up dirt and carry it with them. They'll also take a drink and slobber it across the floor. Ears need to be cleaned frequently to avoid infections and eliminate odor.

Beagles love other dogs and do well with other household pets. Sometimes raised in packs, Beagles are social creatures, easygoing, and hardy despite their size.

American Shorthairs were created by a mix of selective breeding and natural selection. They are sociable and easy to train. They also get along great with other pets and children!

It is very difficult to breed a proper Birman. Kittens are expensive and waiting lists are long. They can be characterized by their easygoing personality and gregariousness.

The Haflinger hails from the Southern Tyrolean Mountains of Austria and Northern Italy and is thought to have been there since medieval times. In fact, the horse gets its name from the Tyrolean village of Hafling.

The Spanish introduced horses to Mexico in the 1500s, and spotted horses have been depicted in images as far back as prehistoric cave paintings. However, it wasn’t until the 1700s when horses first reached Northwest America that horses with Appaloosa coloring gained recognition in the United States.

The Scottish Fold breed can be traced back to "Susie," a floppy-eared cat spotted by shepherd William Ross on a Scottish farm in 1961. Poorly bred Scottish Folds can develop severe skeletal deformities.

Poodles are extremely affectionate and intelligent. With their small size, they usually stay away from roughhousing with other dogs and their owner. They require lots of attention and professional grooming.

Some Shar-Pei pups require "tacking" of the wrinkles around the eyes (a couple of temporary stitches to hold the wrinkles in place) until they grow into their skin.

Although Shih Tzus are non-aggressive, they're rarely submissive. They can show stubborn traits, particularly when asked to do something that isn't their idea of a good time. Positive reward training promises the best success.

Off the coast of Scotland lie the Shetland Islands, the native habitat of the smallest pony in Britain, the Shetland Pony. It’s thought that the breed evolved on the Scandinavian tundra and was possibly brought over by Viking raiders.

Siberians were first imported to the United States in 1990. The breed is gaining popularity because it has a reputation for being hypoallergenic (which may or may not be the case, depending on the person). They are an affectionate breed and range in weight from 8 to 17 pounds.

The British Shorthair is characterized by its chunky body, dense coat and broad face. They mostly come in a grey-brown color and tend to be quiet, undemanding companions.

With their small size and quiet lifestyle, Pugs are good apartment dogs. Although not athletic, they're hardy enough to enjoy a stroll around a country estate or a jaunt through the park.

Norwegian Forest cats (Wegies for short) are big cats. Males can weigh 13 to 22 pounds or more, with females somewhat smaller. The Wegie matures slowly and isn’t full grown until 5 years of age.

The Devon Rex is often described as having an elfin appearance, with large ears, high cheekbones and striking eyes. Their soft, wavy fur is the most prominent characteristic.

A Doberman Pinscher is totally fearless and will take on a foe of any size. Yet he'll back off at a single command, alertly watching every move. This breed often adopts an extended family under its wing - orphaned kittens, other pets, and neighbors.

The Exotic Shorthair was developed by crossbreeding Persians with the American Shorthair. The Exotic is slightly more intelligent than the traditional Persian and gets along well with children and other pets.

The Siberian Husky is a social creature. Whether it's people or dogs, the Siberian wants to be part of a pack and interact. They can live outdoors, but need another dog for a companion and enjoy a romp with their human family.

Unlike its parent breeds, the Persian and the Siamese, which are considered natural breeds, the Himalayan Cat is a man-made breed developed by crossing Persians with Siamese to bring in the color points and blue eyes of the Siamese. Breeders began to work toward this goal in 1931, at first simply to determine how the colorpoint gene was passed on.

The Abyssinian breed is characterized by an extremely lean, lithe body, typically cinnamon-colored. They have large, expressive eyes and are quite playful. They also tend to display an almost doglike devotion to their owner.

The American Wirehair breed originated in Upstate New York. American Wirehairs are similar to American Shorthairs, with the exception of a springy, wiry coat, including ear fur, and whiskers.

Yorkies are highly trainable and do quite well in obedience. They're a treat to watch in the ring, taking 50 steps to every one taken by the handler.

Little dogs like a Maltese have the same number of teeth as giants, and 42 teeth crowded into a tiny mouth equals dental problems! Frequent dental care is necessary for the Maltese breed.

Munchkin cats have very short legs, due to a naturally occurring genetic mutation. Aside from their slightly funny walk (and a difficulty jumping onto high surfaces), Munchkins are considered to be a relatively healthy breed.

The Jack Russell Terrier is active, inquisitive, and cheerful, an irresistible attraction for children. The breed is also assertive, however, and won't tolerate the poking and prodding of an equally active and inquisitive toddler.

The Peterbald is a relatively recent hairless cat breed from St. Petersburg, Russia. The breed originated as a cross between the Donskoy and Oriental Shorthair, demonstrating that the Donskoy's hair loss gene is dominant, unlike the recessive hairlessness gene in the Sphynx. Peterbald cats are elegant, long and tubular, with a long, whiplike tail.

The Colorpoint Shorthair breed was initially created by crossbreeding Siamese with the American Shorthair – the same mixture that created the Oriental Shorthair, but with different goals. The Colorpoint Shorthair shares the point-coloration pattern with the Siamese, but in the nontraditional colors of red, cream, tortoiseshell, and lynx (tabby) points.

French Bulldogs are expensive to breed because of difficulties experienced while whelping. Although their purchase price is higher than some more common breeds, Frenchie enthusiasts believe they're worth every penny.

The Chausie is an exotic hybrid. They are unusual and unpredictable, and can be dangerous if mishandled and destructive if bored. Male Chausies are not usually fertile until after four or five generations away from Jungle Cat breeding.

Chihuahuas often are saucy and described as terrier-like. They're active and playful, scrambling on furniture and bouncing on cushions. Bold and inquisitive, they can find themselves in trouble if left on their own.

Pomeranians are busy most of the time, whether it's playing among themselves (for owners that have more than one) or following the family to see what's happening. They tend to "talk" a great deal, voicing their opinion about everything.

Tonkinese cats are medium-sized and considered an intermediate type between the slender, long-bodied modern Siamese and British Burmese. Tonkinese are intelligent, active, vocal and generally people-oriented cats, playful and interested in everything going on around them.

Akitas are incredibly devoted dogs. During the 1940s, a statue was erected to an Akita in the Shibuya train station in Tokyo. The inscription reads "Chuken Hachi-Ko," meaning "loyal dog Hachi." For many years after his master had died, Hachi still went to the station every evening to watch for him.

The tiniest Pekingese, barely tipping the scales at six pounds or less, are called "sleeves," because that's where their Chinese masters carried them. Bred only for one reason - to charm their owners - Pekes are masters at their job.

The Oriental Shorthair is reported to trigger almost little to no allergies for those who are said to be allergic to cats. They are also among the smartest (if not the smartest) of all cat breeds. These intelligent cats enjoy interaction, stimulation, and play time. They are naturally inquisitive by nature, even more so than your typical cat.

The LaPerm emerged around the early '80s as a spontaneous mutation of cats bred for pest control. The breed was named after their curly coat which bears resemblance to a shaggy perm.

The Havanese is a charming, open-hearted breed. They're soft-natured, and their feelings can be hurt. Yet, they are courageous and fearless in the face of danger. They're great kid dogs because they adore little people and can play for hours.

The Sphynx breed arose from a single mutated kitten born in Canada in 1966. Their skin is smooth and warm to the touch. Due to their vulnerability to things such as sunlight and allergens, they require special care and attention.

Overall, English Cocker Spaniels are a sturdy breed, healthy and resilient. They always greet their owners with delight and abandon, whether they've been gone ten minutes or ten hours.

Bichons are real people dogs. They enjoy being worked in obedience or performing tricks and showing off whenever they're asked. They're eager to please and crave attention.

Despite their gentle nature, many Shetland Sheepdogs are determined herders. Usually they're worked with sheep or fowl. When excited or lonely, they can be barky.

Theorized to be the oldest breed in the world, Arabians were constant companions of the first documented breeders of the Arabian horse, the Bedouin people--nomadic tribesmen of Arabia who relied on the horse for survival.

The little Falabella is named after the family who created it near Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the early 1900s. They crossed tiny Shetland ponies with a small Thoroughbred and kept breeding, using the smallest ponies produced, creating the smallest breed of horse in the world.

Carolina Marsh Tacky, is a rare and the most endangered breed of horse in the world. It is native to South Carolina and is endangered due to the development of cars and tractors that has replaced horse power.

Throughout equine history few breeds have impacted the horse world quite like the Thoroughbred. Three foundation sires, the Byerly Turk, the Godolphin Arabian, and the Darley Arabian, were bred to native English horses to create the breed in the early 17th century.

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