AKC adds two breeds to roster

For a brief period, domestic cats can sprint at up to 30 miles per hour.

• Two breeds have joined the roster of AKC-recognized dogs: the Nederlandse kooikerhondje in the Sporting Group and the grand basset griffon vendeen in the Hound Group. The kooiker (coy-ker), as he’s known for short, is a mediumsize dog created in the Netherlands to corral ducks for hunters. The 20- to 30-pound dogs have a medium-length red-and-white coat and a moderate activity level. The GBGV is a low-slung scenthound who is friendly with other dogs and has a high activity level. The grand weighs 40 to 45 pounds and has a personality described as comical but stubborn.

• Cat trivia? We have it. For instance, did you know that a cat’s sense of smell is about 14 times greater than that of a human? Cats either roar (big cats) or purr (smaller wildcats and domestic cats). No cat can do both. Your housecat can run up to 30 miles per hour — faster than any Olympic track star — but can maintain that speed for only a few seconds. A cat’s coat can tell you where and when his ancestors hunted: Cats with light, solid-colored coats evolved to hunt in grasslands, while cats with spotted coats were forest dwellers, hunting at dawn and dusk.

• If you thought it was hard to give your dog or cat medication, think again. Even snakes need a treat to take their medicine. Denver’s KCNC-TV reported that an 18-yearold king cobra’s lymphosarcoma, which in snakes affects the scales, was in remission after chemotherapy. To “pill” the 13-foot-long snake, Denver Zoo Associate Veterinarian Betsy Stringer consulted a veterinary oncologist at Colorado State University. They came up with plan to insert a chemo pill in the throat of the snake’s supper — a dead rat. The cobra took a “treated” rat every three weeks for five months.

— Dr. Marty Becker, Kim Campbell Thornton and Mikkel Becker