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Many breeds of dogs registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and breeds of cats registered by The International Cat Association (TICA) are officially “state dogs” or “state cats”.

11564939 american shorthair is unofficially jersey catAmerican Shorthair is unofficially a "Jersey cat"June 29, 2011 - PRLog -- From Alaska all the way to Wisconsin, many states show off their love of dogs and cats by giving them official status. To celebrate the Fourth of July and the New York City return of AKC Meet the Breeds® – the world’s largest gathering of cats and dogs – the American Kennel Club (AKC®) and The International Cat Association (TICA) take a look at some of these official dogs and cats, and what makes them so special.

State Dogs

Maryland: Maryland was the first state to honor a dog with an official title. In 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever became the state dog of Maryland. The breed is popular with hunters for its ability to retrieve birds in water such as geese and ducks. They are happy, intelligent, and courageous dogs that love water. They do best with active, outdoor-loving families.

Alaska: The newest dog to receive an official title is the Alaskan Malamute. Named the state dog of Alaska in 2010 after young students petitioned for it, the Alaskan Malamute is an American breed named after the Inuit tribe called the Mahlemuts that settled in Alaska. Historically, they were very valuable work dogs because they could carry heavy loads over long distances in the Arctic’s harsh environment. Today, Alaskan Malamutes are affectionate and friendly family pets.

Massachusetts: Truly an American dog, the Boston Terrier was the first purebred dog in the U.S. and was designated the state dog of Massachusetts in 1979. Boston Terriers are lively and extremely intelligent. They have a gentle disposition and make wonderful pets. They require a moderate amount of exercise, are simple to groom, and easy to train.

South Carolina: The Boykin Spaniel was named the state dog of South Carolina, the state where it originated, in 1985. Boykin Spaniels have a very cheerful and energetic personality. They are medium-sized, all-around hunting dogs. Because they were bred to work with hunters all day, they fit in best with an active family. The breed loves companionship and enjoys the company of kids and other dogs.

Virginia: The American Foxhound was designated the state dog of Virginia in 1966. One of the rarest of America’s native breeds, the American Foxhound was originally bred for fox hunting. They are easygoing dogs that get along well with children. They were bred to run, so American Foxhounds need exercise to keep them happy. Because they can be stubborn, persistence is needed when training.

Wisconsin: The citizens of Wisconsin named the American Water Spaniel their state dog in 1985. They are the only breed native to the state. They were originally bred as an all-around hunter that could retrieve from boats. While they still enjoy hunting today, they are also excellent family dogs. Since they are very energetic, they do require daily exercise, but they also love hanging out with their family. American Water Spaniels are friendly and eager to please and respond well to training.

Additional state dogs include:
Louisiana: Cathoula Leopard Dog
New Hampshire: Chinook
North Carolina: Plott
Pennsylvania: Great Dane
Texas: Blue Lacy

State Cats

Maine: The Maine Coon was named the state cat of Maine in 1985. America's native longhair, Maine Coons were well established over a century ago as a hardy breed of domestic cat, well equipped to survive the hostile New England winters. Maine Coon owners enjoy the breed's characteristic clown-like personality, affectionate nature, and willingness to “help” with any activity. They make excellent companions for large, active families that also enjoy living with dogs and other animals.

Maryland: Maryland named the Calico Cat their state cat in 2001. Its separate blocks of colors – orange, black, and white – are shared with the Baltimore oriole (State bird) and the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly (State insect). Calico is not a breed of cat, but an unusual coloring occurring across many breeds, including Domestic Short-hair, Maine Coon, Munchkin, British Shorthair, American Wirehair, Persian, and Manx. Virtually all calico cats are female.

Massachusetts: In 1988, the state of Massachusetts made the Tabby Cat official in response to the wishes of the state’s schoolchildren. Tabby cats are often mistakenly thought of as being a particular breed of cat, but it is the coat pattern which resembles the striping on a “tiger” cat that is known as “Tabby”. The tabby coat pattern is a gene carried by all breeds of domestic cats so it can occur in all short- and long-haired breeds even if it’s “masked” and cannot be seen.

In addition to the official state dogs/cats, last year the AKC polled Americans and uncovered the inner dogs and cats of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut based on the unique character and personality of each state. Here are AKC’s unofficial state dogs and cats:

New York City: The Dachshund, commonly known as a “hot dog,” won as the dog breed representing Brooklyn’s 95-year-old institution, Nathan’s Hot Dogs. The American Curl represented the Upper East Side’s affluent, high-society stereotype, as New York City’s cat breed.

New Jersey: The Yorkshire Terrier’s big personality in a small package represents New Jersey being the fourth smallest state in the nation with the most dense population. TheAmerican Shorthair represents the state’s misunderstood identity.

Connecticut: Golden Retrievers can adapt to many different living situations and are beautiful to look at, and they represent the fictional suburb of Stepford, Connecticut and its “Stepford Wives”. The oldest known cat breed, the Persian, represents Connecticut’s stereotype of the state known for having a large population of affluent families who have been wealthy for generations.

From the Afghan Hound to the Turkish Van, AKC Meet the Breeds is the world’s largest showcase of dogs and cats and offers pet lovers a unique opportunity to play with some of the country’s rarest dog and cat breeds while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle. Presented by PetPartners, Inc., this family-friendly event will showcase 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 50 TICA registered cat breeds – in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet – include fun animal demonstrations and more than 100 vendors selling unique dog and cat items. Go to www.MeetTheBreeds.com for more information.

Visit http://www.akc.org for more information on the state dog breeds and http://www.tica.org for the state cats, or meet them in person at Meet the Breeds November 19th and 20th at the Javits Center in New York City.

Tickets allow admittance for one day and can be purchased online at http://www.akc.org/meet_the_breeds/.

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The International Cat Association, Inc. (TICA) was organized during 1979, is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, largest registry of household pet cats and kittens, and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA currently recognizes more than 54 breeds of cats. Wherever you are, you’re in TICA’s world. A world of fabulous felines…fun...and friendships. To learn more about TICA visit http://www.tica.org.

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The International Cat Association (TICA) will exhibit at the London Pet Show on May 7 and 8, 2011.

11424341 siameseApril 7, 2011 - PRLog -- Harlingen, Texas -- The International Cat Association (TICA), the world's largest genetic registry of purebred cats, will be an exhibitor at the prestigious London Pet Show scheduled for May 7 and 8, 2011. The show will be held at the National Hall, in Olympia, London, United Kingdom.

TICA will be in the Cat Zone along with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF). The GCCF will bring many of the popular breeds of cats including the Persian, Semi Long Hair British, Foreign, Siamese, Oriental and Burmese. Other breeds on hand will include Ragamuffins, Household Pets, Sphynx Cats, Snowshoes, Traditional Ragdolls and Siberians. Cat lovers will also be able to talk to trainers and breeders, watch cat agility demonstrations, and meet Blue Peter's cats Socks and Cookie.

"We're thrilled to be invited to exhibit at this prestigious event and one that is attended by cat lovers from across the United Kingdom," said Vickie Fisher, President of The International Cat Association. "This is a great opportunity to introduce TICA to cat lovers plus breeders, exhibitors, veterinarians and other professionals who work with cats."

TICA is an international organization with members and clubs in Latin America, North America, Asia, Europe and Africa and continues to grow all around the world. The organization has over 40 clubs in Europe, with eleven in the United Kingdom. TICA recognizes fifty-five breeds of cats for championship competition - from the regal Siamese, exotic Bengal and exquisite Persian, to newer breeds including the Savannah, Kurilian Bobtail and Thai. It is also the world's largest registry of household pet cats and kittens. Household pet cats and kittens adopted from shelters or rescued off the street, compete for titles and international and regional awards, just like pedigreed cats.

To learn more about TICA in the United Kingdom, visit http://www.tica-ew.org


About The International Cat Association

Organized during 1979, The International Cat Association (TICA) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, largest registry of household pet cats and kittens, and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA currently recognizes more than 54 breeds of cats. No matter where you are, you’re in TICA’s world. A world of fabulous felines…fun...and friendships. To learn more about TICA visit http://www.tica.org

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The Bengal claims the title of Most Popular Breed of cat with over 6,000 cats registered with the International Cat Association (TICA) in 2010.

Beautiful bengal kitten at playApril 7, 2011 - PRLog -- Harlingen, Texas – Once again the Bengal rules supreme as the Most Popular Breed of cat based on registrations during 2010 with the International Cat Association (TICA), the world’s largest genetic registry of purebred cats. During 2010, 6,369 Bengals—kittens, cats and alters—were registered around the world.

The Bengal originated in TICA back in 1986 as the result of crosses between domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat. It is the only domestic cat that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots. Today's domestic Bengal cat comes only from breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialized care.

“Attired with a pelt that even the wildest of cats would be envious of, and a personality that belies its wild bloodlines from the original breeding programs, today’s Bengal is a cherished pet in many homes around the world,” said Vickie Fisher, President of The International Cat Association. “TICA is proud to have introduced this beautiful breed of cat that has quickly become the most popular breed of cat worldwide.”

TICA also announced the rest of the Top Five Most Popular breeds of cats for 2010 which included:
# 2 - Ragdoll 4050 registrations
# 3 - Maine Coon 2062 registrations
# 4 - Savannah 1024 registrations
# 5 - Sphynx 1020 registrations

Both the Savannah and the Sphynx originated in TICA. The first Savannah, the result of breeding domestic cats with the African Serval, was born in 1986, and the breed was accepted by TICA during 2001. The Sphynx which originated in Canada, was introduced by TICA Judge Aline Noel-Garel in 1966 at shows throughout North America. It quickly became one of the most popular breeds of cats as a family pet.

Other breeds registered by TICA and recognized for titles and awards that round out the Top Ten include the Siberian, Persian, British Shorthair, Norwegian Forest Cat and Abyssinian. To learn more about the different breeds of cats, visit http://www.tica.org/public/breeds.php


Organized during 1979, The International Cat Association (TICA) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, largest registry of household pet cats and kittens, and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA currently recognizes more than 54 breeds of cats. No matter where you are, you’re in TICA’s world. A world of fabulous felines…fun...and friendships. To learn more about TICA visit http://www.tica.org

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The International Cat Association (TICA) names Aline Noel-Garel Judge of the Year for 2009-2010 at its Annual Awards Banquet and Cat Show in Santa Clara, CA.

10910100 ticas judge of the year aline noel garelSept. 5, 2010 - PRLog -- Harlingen, Texas -- Aline Noel-Garel was named Judge of the Year for 2009-2010 by The International Cat Association (TICA), the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats.

An Approved Allbreed judge from Quebec, Canada, Noel-Garel became a judge in 1988. She also is a Judge of Merit and an instructor for others in the judging program for Europe and South America. Prior to entering the judging program, Noel-Garel introduced the Sphynx as a new breed in the United States and was instrumental in getting the breed recognized as an approved championship breed that competes for titles and international and regional awards.

"Even before becoming a TICA judge, Noel-Garel has championed TICA," said Vickie Fisher, President of TICA. "There is no finer person that I would want to represent TICA around the world."

Since 1980, TICA's members have voted to name Judge of the Year in recognition of their hard work during the previous show season.


About The International Cat Association

Organized during 1979, The International Cat Association (TICA) is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, largest registry of household pet cats and kittens, and one of the world's largest sanctioning bodies for cat shows. TICA currently recognizes more than 54 breeds of cats. No matter where you are, you’re in TICA’s world. A world of fabulous felines…fun...and friendships. To learn more about TICA visit http://www.tica.org

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