floppy jaws

happenstance

Character: Newt Scamander
Categories: muggle reader, adventure, take-no-shit reader
Words: 1279
Warnings: minor violence?

You just wanted to take a nice moonlit stroll. You did not expect to get roped into a conflict between poachers and an actual wizard.

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anonymous asked:

I saw a Simple Brown Dog with a curly tail today and wondered if you had any clues as to why the popular adaptation in Plain Old Dogs ends up being a curly tail? Does it serve a purpose? Is it just a side effect of another gene? Do they do it For The Fashion? Inquiring minds need to know.

I’m not exactly sure, other than the fact that curly tails are one of the hallmarks of “domestication syndrome” – the batch of physical and behavioral traits that tend to coincide with the tameness bundle, along with things like floppy ears, smaller jaws and faces, more docile temperaments, etc. You won’t see a curly tail in a wolf, but you’ll see it in domestic dogs (pariah dogs included). In fact, it’s so common in pariah dogs it’s practically a hallmark of the silhouette. (This video of a bunch of Indian pariah dogs is one of my favorite examples. Look how consistent their physical type is! And that’s without direct human intervention and selection like what most of us think of when we think about dogs – this isn’t a recognized breed that has been selectively bred for generations for a specific function or appearance. This is a landrace of dogs shaped by and adapted to the constraints of a place, with minimal human control over their reproduction.)

I suspect it’s not really that curly tails serve any particular function; it’s just that they tend to come as part of the domestication package. Buy one trait (tameness), get a curly tail for free.

Sidenote: one of the traits commonly associated with domestication is more frequent estrus cycles, but this actually isn’t true for a lot of pariah dog populations! At least from what little I’ve been able to find on the topic, female pariah dogs in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa tend to retain the once-a-year heat cycle. Even in Basenjis bred for generations in the West, this pattern tends to stay true. (Western Basenjis are essentially a “standardized” version of the central African pariah dogs endemic to that region).

If anybody knows more about this, feel free to chime in!

Australian Shepherd fursuit head, just completed in February by Kloofsuits.

Made of full foam, DF and MM fur, featuring following eyes, full airbrushing, fleece lined static jaw and floppy, weighted ears. This head also has matching tail.

Head will fit up to 22.5inch, most comfortably 22. No larger. Tail is 21inches approximately from base to tip diagonally. Tail attaches to a belt via belt loops and is stuffed with polyfil.

This will be up for sale for £270 including next day tracked and insured delivery to anyone in the UK. There are no paws with this auction, there is a chance of me creating some for an additional fee but only in rust or black and with no pawpads due to time constraints. Payment by paypal only, no returns accepted.

Please contact Kloofsuits [at] Gmail.com if interested.