The Naked Neck chicken is an old dual purpose poultry breed. It is naturally devoid of feathers on its neck and vent. The origination of Naked Neck chicken is unclear, but the breed is thought to have been brought back from Asia at the end of the ninth century by Hungarian conguerers.
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The Sphynx cat is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat fur. Hairlessness in cats is a naturally occurring genetic mutation; however, the Sphynx cat, as a breed, was developed through selective breedingstarting in the s. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent.
A serious inherited disease. Affected cats present a lack of hair from birth with a wrinkled skin. A developpment of sparse short fur is observed with attenuated whiskers during growth.
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These chickens may look different and at first glance, most people may even think there is something wrong with them. At first glance, you can see why people would think that. The Naked-Neck chicken has up to fifty percent fewer feathers than other breeds and a naked plucked looking neck.
Hair is a unique structure, characteristic of mammals, controlling body homeostasis, as well as cell and tissue integration. A SNP altering a splice site was identified in the Sphynx breed and suggested to be the hairless hr allele, and a complex sequence alteration, also causing a splice variation, was identified in the Devon Rex breed and suggested to be the curly re allele. The polymorphisms were genotyped in approximately cats.
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These have to be the strangest looking chickens in the poultry world. They look like a cross between a turkey and a chicken with their completely featherless necks and faces and this was a common myth when they were introduced to this country in the s when they were described as Churkeys! The exposed skin actually turns bright red in sunlight just like that of the turkey. They originate from Hungary but it was in Germany that the breed was perfected and the lack of feathering on the neck is due to a dominant gene.