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Old 11-29-2008, 03:02 PM   #51
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Default Re: American This, American That...But What About Canada?

Here are the american webkinz, followed by my thoughts about them:

American Albino-makes sense, cause that's the name of the actual breed of hourse. It's really called the American Albino, not just albino

American Buffalo-It's important they put "American" in, so it is not confused with the African or Water Buffalo. They all look different. Although, they could've just called it a "Bison"

American Cocker Spaniel-They had to include the "American" part, because that's the breeds name. There's the "American Cocker Spaniel" and the "English cocker spaniel" and they are very different. They had to make sure you knew it was the American one and not the English, what if they wanted to make an English one, too?

American Golden Retriever-okay, I admit, I don't see any reason to this one. there's only one kind of golden retriever. no, wait, what's this? according to wikipedia, there is an "American Golden Retriever" and a "British Golden Retriever". well that solves that problem. although...they're not that much different, so I think they could've left the "american" out

The only other webkinz that mention some place's name are the German Shepherd, Brown Arabian, Grey Arabian, Himalayan, and Persian cat. But those all make sense, cause those are all the names of the breeds.

Ganz didn't say they were american because they wanted to make american animals, they included it in their name because that's what they're really called. if they made a goose, they'd probably give it a specific name. they could call ot the canadian goose, or a swan goose, or some other name, depending on what type of goose they make. By giving them more specific names, they can make more different kinds of webkinz
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if they just called it a cocker spaniel, they could only make one, while by making it an "American Cocker spaniel" this gives them room to make another that they could call an "Englsih cocker spaniel"
instead of "goose", they could do "Canadian goose", so in the future they could make a "Swan goose" or "white goose"
etc, etc

I think they should only give it a specific name if there's different breeds of that animal though. Like, there's several kinds of geese, so they can call the next goose they make a "canadian goose" but there's only one kind of moose (as far as I know, correct me if I'm wrong) so they should call it "moose" because there are moose that live in places besides canada, but they are not a different breed then the moose that live in canada.

Also, jsyo, if they made a beaver, they probably would not call it a canadian beaver it would be either just a beaver" or an "american beaver" or an "europen beaver" because those are the kinds of beavers there are. the american beaver lives in most of the United States, Canada, and even some of mexico, if they called it Candadian, then that would exclude all the beavers in the US and mexico, while by saying American it includes Canada, US and Mexico. America is not limited to the US, it includes Canada, and mexico, and south america, so don't automatically think that whenever something is american it is...um..."USian" it could be Canadian.

well, there's my two cents. think what you want about it. but I didn't write all this just to tell you what I thought about this situation. I gave you information so you could think more about why Ganz did this so you can make your own desicion about what you think about this. and next time something like this pops up, do some research so you know more about it before making an assumption.

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oh my gosh, that was so long!

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Old 11-29-2008, 03:12 PM   #52
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Default Re: American This, American That...But What About Canada?

LOL kinda what I said just much longer...LOL Good job!!
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:48 PM   #53
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Default Re: American This, American That...But What About Canada?

I am Canadian, and I totally understand what you are saying. I wish they just made at least two or something Canadian Webkinz, like the Canadian Goose (as you said before). Thanks for making this thread!

I also agree what jynx had said, too!
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:09 PM   #54
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Default Re: American This, American That...But What About Canada?

I see that it has already been said...the "American" Webkinz are actual breeds, wlhich is why they have "American' in the name.
They could make Canadian Eskimo Dog, or Canadian Pointer...I believe those are actual breeds, and I would love to see them make a Canada Goose.
Why don't we all make suggestions to Ganz and see if we can make it happen?
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I agree with jynx... kind of.

The point is that alot of animals do not need the delineation of "American" or any other title. On the other hand certain animals are known for their titles (German Shepard... no one says a Shepard, you'd think you were talking about Stargate Atlantis). The Cocker Spaniel is just a Cocker Spaniel. There is no reason for separting it from one type to another. In fact Wiki specifically says that they are just called Cocker Spaniels in their respective countries... so no matter where you go, you'd only hear a Cocker Spaniel called a Cocker Spaniel.

I'd understand Snow Leopard vs Leopard because they look different.

The elephant is just an elephant even though there are (depending on who you talk to) two distinct species: the Asian and African Elephant... their main difference is the ear. Asian Elephants have smaller ears and are hairer and smaller than the African elephants. I'm glad Ganz decided to pick just one. I know they did the velvety elephant but those pets (like the googles and pink pony) are for the cuteness factor and are not part of this discussion.

I'm just trying to say that for most animals Ganz needs to take the artistic license and select the species they want to portray... hopefully the one that looks the cutest in both stuffed animal form and virtual form. Some animals are very distinct for their names... some are not. A clydesdale should not be grouped with an animal that is just a horse. I just don't want in the future for them to release an English Cocker Spaniel... or a Canadian vs European Beaver! They both look the same!

I would not like an Arabian Camel vs Batrian Camel because the only real difference is one or two humps. I'm glad they just made a single discision and said, "We are making a camel and I want it to be a Batrian camel."

If in fact, Ganz was doing this to be accurate in the species name, they should not have called the American Buffalo an American Buffalo as it is really a bison, not a buffalo.

The original post was just to point out the fact that even if the proper names have the word "American" in it, there are plenty animals with "Asian" or "European" or "African" or "Austrailian" in them as well and they are just not mentioned (i.e. the African Elephant)... or they are not made. Thus, the want for an animal that is specific to a different region.

I dunno, surperfluous titles makes me think that they are trying too hard... just make the pet cute and no need for fancy smacy titles.
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There are two kind of cocker spaniels, American and English. The first one could be considered the English one.

Yeah, it would be cool if they made something Canadian. A goose wouldn't be too bad!!

What I don't get is why they made two golden retrievers. That doesn't make sense to me, there's only one.
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I like your idea, Id totally buy a moose!
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a canadian moose!!! YAY!!!! LOL

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I like your idea, Id totally buy a moose!

omg mooses are my fave animal!

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:42 PM   #59
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I like that idea, I dont live in Canada though...I used too
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There are two kind of cocker spaniels, American and English. The first one could be considered the English one.

Yeah, it would be cool if they made something Canadian. A goose wouldn't be too bad!!

What I don't get is why they made two golden retrievers. That doesn't make sense to me, there's only one.
There are two, same thing, an American and English...I thought it was fine to do a Golden Retriever... but then they came out with an American one? Redudant... that's what these titles do... give Ganz a way to make the same pet...and let me guess, the American one has a slightly darker fur....
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