Friday, September 5, 2014

4 Giant Versions of Common Animals

Nature has a strange way of creating certain subspecies or breeds of animals that are much bigger than the common specimen. There is a bigger version of most every animals, ranging from house pets to the ones in the wild.

Below are the top 5 subspecies or breeds that are huge compared to the average variety.

Dogs - Irish Wolfhounds 
Irish Wolfhounds

They’re the tallest dogs in the world, reaching a height of 28 to 35 inches and weighing in at 40 to 69 kilograms. Despite their size, the Irish wolfhound is actually a very gentle and docile breed. They’re very patient and intelligent, making them easy to train. These dogs are also great with children because of their very sweet nature. They’re not the best dogs to have if you’re looking for a guard dog, but their size will surely intimidate anyone.

Horse - Shire horse
Shire horse
Shire horses are a specific breed of draft horses which are known for their size. They can stand at 68 inches with taller male specimens. These horses come in a variety of color, ranging from gray, bay and black. With their size comes power. These horses are known to have enough power to pull a heavy weight and are commonly used to pull wagons and carriages. A distinct feature found in these horses is the long hairs that cover their legs which are also called "feathers".

Cockroaches - Giant Burrowing Cockroach
Giant Burrowing Cockroach
This is probably the stuff of nightmares for a lot of people. However, the giant burrowing cockroach is actually not considered as a pest. They also don’t have wings and spend most of their time hiding underground. They can reach around 3 inches in length and weigh in at 35 grams. These cockroaches live off eating dead leaves which makes them a vital part of the ecosystem. They can burrow deep into the ground, reaching depths of about a meter. These roaches shed 12 to 13 times before getting to their full size.

Rabbits - Flemish Giant
Flemish Giant
Have you ever see a rabbit the size of an average dog? The Flemish gianttakes the record for the biggest rabbit breed, reaching about 6.4 kg and can grow to the size of a medium sized dog. These rabbits originally came from Flanders and were breed during the 16th century. Their ancestral breed can be traced to the Belgian Hare. They started making headlines during the early 1900’s when they started showing them in livestock shows. These gentile giants are perfect home pets.

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