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Domestic Animals

This page is essentially for questions about animals (including birds and other phyla), that don't come under Natural History.  But see also Dogs, Horses, and Pets.

Rows of whiskers on a cat’s face Click to show or hide the answer

Toes (claws) of a cat:

Front feet (each) Click to show or hide the answer
Hind feet (each) Click to show or hide the answer
Total Click to show or hide the answer

Compartments in a cow’s stomach Click to show or hide the answer

Term used for the male parent of a domestic animal (particularly horses) Click to show or hide the answer
Term used for the female parent of a domestic animal (particularly horses) Click to show or hide the answer

Black, hornless beef cattle originating in Scotland Click to show or hide the answer
Channel Island cattle (Jerseys, Guernseys): once known as Click to show or hide the answer
South American relative of the llama, bred for its long, firm wool Click to show or hide the answer
Alternative name for the strawberry finch – a small Indian songbird, commonly caged and kept for fighting – a corruption of Ahmedabad Click to show or hide the answer
Waxy substance, produced in the intestines of sperm whales; traditionally used in perfumery Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Mohair comes from the Click to show or hide the answer
Animal that accounts for more human deaths each year than any other (as a carrier of malaria) Click to show or hide the answer
Symbol of the RSPB Click to show or hide the answer
National bird of the USA Click to show or hide the answer
Named after the seaport in Java where first seen by Europeans Click to show or hide the answer
Kept in an apiary Click to show or hide the answer
The barra mite (discovered in Torbay in 1992) attacks
Sheep that leads a flock Click to show or hide the answer
Species of sturgeon, primarily found in the Caspian Sea and Black Sea, especially prized for its caviar Click to show or hide the answer
Breed of sheep that shares its name with a French composer Click to show or hide the answer
Fallows, lutinos, opalines Click to show or hide the answer
Mozzarella cheese comes from the Click to show or hide the answer
Type of insect used in chaos theory to illustrate the notion that a small event can have a major effect somewhere else Click to show or hide the answer
Cinnamon Norwich, Lizard and Border are breeds of Click to show or hide the answer
Neutered cockerel (supposed to improve the flavour and texture of the meat) Click to show or hide the answer
Havana Brown (short–haired domestic); Abyssinian, American Bobtail, American Curl, Australian Tiffanie, Balinese, Bambino, Birman, Calico, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Maine Coon, Somali, Russian Blue (originally known as the Archangel or Foreign Blue), Singapura, Turkish Van: breeds of (domestic) Click to show or hide the answer
Cross between a bison and a domestic cow Click to show or hide the answer
Angus, Ayrshire, Belgian Blue, Blonde d'Aquitaine, Blue–Grey, Brahman, British White, Charolais, Danish Red, English Longhorn, Friesian, (Belted) Galloway, Guernsey, Hereford, Highland, Holstein, Jersey, La Reina (a.k.a. Creole), Simmental, Sussex, Texas Longhorn, Welsh Black: breeds of Click to show or hide the answer
Dexter (originating in Ireland) is Europe's smallest breed of
Animal that the first vaccines came from – leading to the word vaccine (from is Latin name)
Brucellosis affects Click to show or hide the answer
The aurochs was a prehistoric ancestor of Click to show or hide the answer
Lion shot by American dentist Walter Palmer in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, July 2015 (he'd been tracked by Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit since 2008, as part of a larger study; he was used to vehicles and people, making him popular with tourists) Click to show or hide the answer
European antelope, gives its name to a soft suede leather used for polishing, etc. Click to show or hide the answer
Andalusian, Brahma, Buff Orpington, Dorking, Faverolles, Jersey Giant, Leghorn, New Hampshire, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, Sebright, Silkie, Sussex (Brown, Buff, Light, Red, Speckled, Silver, White, Coronation), Wyandotte, Barnevelder: types of Click to show or hide the answer
Freshwater fish not belonging to the salmon family (i.e. not a game fish) Click to show or hide the answer
Dye obtained from the dried bodies of insects (coccus) gathered from cactus in Mexico, West Indies etc. Click to show or hide the answer
Silk is used by the silk worm to make a Click to show or hide the answer
Type of bird used to catch fish in China Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Snail whose shell is traditionally worn by royalty in the Pacific islands, and has been used as currency in Africa and elsewhere Click to show or hide the answer
Vestigial digit on each foot of many animals (notably dogs) Click to show or hide the answer
Loose fold of skin that hangs down from the throat of a cow Click to show or hide the answer
Cutting off the tails of dogs or other animals (or part thereof) Click to show or hide the answer
The Alaskan Malamute, Australian Kelpie, Bichon Frisé, Bully Kutta, Finnish Spitz, Griffon, Kerry Blue, Lancashire Heeler, Lhasa Apso (Tibetan), Papillon, and Schnauzer are breeds of Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The word 'palomino' can refer to a horse or a
The first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell (i.e. not a reproductive cell) – at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, in 1996 – died in 2003 Click to show or hide the answer
Reputedly the world's most expensive cheese, pule is made in Serbia from the milk of Click to show or hide the answer
Belgian, Breton, Dutch Heavy, Percheron, and Suffolk Punch are types of Click to show or hide the answer
Indian Runner, Khaki Campbell, Rouen (Foncé or Clair – dark or light–coloured), Silver Appleyard, Swedish Blue and Welsh Harlequin are domestic breeds of Click to show or hide the answer
A mahout is someone who keeps and rides Click to show or hide the answer
Name given to a stoat in its white winter coat, or its fur which is traditionally used to trim the robes of peers and royalty (used generally for the animal in North America) Click to show or hide the answer
Young hawk, taken from its nest and/or not fully trained Click to show or hide the answer
A litter of pigs; or (as a verb, of pigs) to give birth Click to show or hide the answer
Describes a domestic animal gone wild Click to show or hide the answer
Domesticated albino polecat Click to show or hide the answer
Velvet disease affects Click to show or hide the answer
Black tetra, silver tetra, neon tetra, Moorish idol Click to show or hide the answer
Drosophila – widely used in the study of genetics Click to show or hide the answer
Guga, considered a delicacy in the Outer Hebrides and controversially hunted annually in August, are young Click to show or hide the answer
Mongolian jird Click to show or hide the answer
Young sow that has not borne young Click to show or hide the answer
Cashmere (wool) and Morocco leather are obtained from Click to show or hide the answer
Takin Click to show or hide the answer
All specimens now kept as pets are descended from one female and twelve young, captured in Syria in 1930 Click to show or hide the answer
Eagle that escaped from London Zoo twice in 1965 Click to show or hide the answer
Brecon Buff is a type of Click to show or hide the answer
Seabird droppings used as fertiliser (native South American word, from Quechuan) Click to show or hide the answer
Domestic cavy (kay–vee – a rodent, native to the Andes) Click to show or hide the answer
Young cow, particularly one over a year old, that hasn't calved Click to show or hide the answer
Measured in cran (37.5 gallons); kippers, bloaters and whitebait are all Click to show or hide the answer
Castrated pig Click to show or hide the answer
Polled cattle lack Click to show or hide the answer
Halflinger, Hanoverian, Percheron, Pinto and Waler are types of Click to show or hide the answer
Moon blindness, strangles, glanders: infectious diseases affecting Click to show or hide the answer
Pet cat of George W. Bush and family, from 1990 – died January 2009, 16 days before the end of his term of office Click to show or hide the answer
Term used for dentine (chiefly from elephants’ tusks, but also from the hippopotamus, walrus, mammoth and narwhal) when used for art or objects Click to show or hide the answer
European bird that can be taught to talk Click to show or hide the answer
Falconry: short strap fastened around the bird’s leg, to which a leash may be fastened Click to show or hide the answer
Local variety of a domesticated animal (or plant), which has developed naturally rather than through selective breeding; also used for some formal breeds of pig Click to show or hide the answer
Purified wax from sheep's wool, used with water as a base for ointments and cosmetics Click to show or hide the answer
Byron (allegedly) kept in his rooms at Cambridge Click to show or hide the answer
Roosting boxes that racing pigeons are trained to return to Click to show or hide the answer
Parts of a butchered animal that are referred to as 'lights' (for example when used in pet food) – in reference to their lack of weight Click to show or hide the answer
Justin Bieber's pet monkey, seized by German customs in March 2013 as its paperwork was not in order Click to show or hide the answer
Reddle, raddle, or ruddle: used for Click to show or hide the answer
Spanish breed of sheep, noted for its fine, silky wool Click to show or hide the answer
Baroque pearl Click to show or hide the answer
Nacre: alternative name for (naturally occurring substance used in jewellery, and as decoration in furniture, musical instruments etc.) Click to show or hide the answer
Staple diet of the silkworm Click to show or hide the answer
American Landrace, American Yorkshire (sic), Berkshire, British Lop, Chester White, Duroc, Forest Mountain, Gloucester Old Spot, Poland, Razorback, Saddleback, Tamworth, Wessex: types of Click to show or hide the answer
Only animal other than man that suffers from sunburn; a barrow is a castrated Click to show or hide the answer
Dragoon, Antwerp, Pouter, Tumbler, Horseman, Squeaker, YB (young bird), OB (old bird) Click to show or hide the answer
The fish sold in supermarkets as coley is a variety of (fish commonly found in British coastal waters) Click to show or hide the answer
Connemara and Welsh cob are types of Click to show or hide the answer
Young chicken, turkey or other domestic fowl Click to show or hide the answer
Newcastle disease affects Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Young hen, especially from first laying to first moult Click to show or hide the answer
Mature female cat, kept mainly for breeding Click to show or hide the answer
Blue of Ham (or Hem), Checkered Giant (known in the UK as the Giant Papillon), Dutch, English Spot, Flemish Giant, Florida White, Netherlands Dwarf, Satin, Silver Fox, Standard Rex, Vienna White: breeds of Click to show or hide the answer
Coney is the name used for the fur of the
Curdled milk from the stomach of an unweaned calf Click to show or hide the answer
Species of marten, native to the forests of Russia, Mongolia and neighbouring regions: historically hunted for its highly valued dark brown or black fur, now commercially farmed Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Black pig with a white band round the shoulders and forelegs Click to show or hide the answer
Term used in the UK (and throughout the Commonwealth) for meat from the neck of a sheep or lamb Click to show or hide the answer
Fatal disease of sheep, affecting the nervous system, thought to be the origin of BSE in cattle Click to show or hide the answer
Reddish–brown pigment, obtained from the dried ink sacs of cuttlefish, and given the scientific name of its genus Click to show or hide the answer
Skin once used commercially as sandpaper Click to show or hide the answer
Barbados Blackbelly, Belgian Texel (Beltex), Blackhead Persian, Border, Clun Forest, California Red, Corriedale, Derbyhire Gritstone, Herdwick, Leicester, Blue Leicester, Llanwenog, Merino, Romney Marsh, Rylands, Scottish Blackface, Shropshire, South Down, Suffolk, Swaledale, Welsh Mountain: types of Click to show or hide the answer
The karakul or qaraqul, the source of astrakhan fur, is a breed of
Luping ill affects
Catgut is nowadays usually obtained from
Roquefort cheese is made from the milk of
Sericulture is the breeding of Click to show or hide the answer
Young pigeon (particularly when used as food – e.g. in a pie) Click to show or hide the answer
Camelhair comes from Click to show or hide the answer
Male turkey Click to show or hide the answer
Bred at Abbotsbury, near Weymouth Click to show or hide the answer
Rendered from beef or mutton (and occasionally pork) fat, used in the manufacture of soap and also formerly candles Click to show or hide the answer
The broad–breasted bronze is historically the most popular breed of Click to show or hide the answer
Bubbly–jock is a Scots colloquial term for a
Cricket–like insect, native to New Zealand, growing up to 4" in length – 8" including the legs – gives its name to the design and effects company whose most famous associate is Peter Jackson, and which was involved in his Tolkien films Click to show or hide the answer
Castrated male sheep Click to show or hide the answer
Pair or team of oxen Click to show or hide the answer

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