Alic gave the students some time to read the questions, as well as rumenate on them and really think them over before answering.
The dark haired Bourke girl, what was her name, S- something, raised her hand first. He nodded to her, finding himself grinning at her teasing. "I'd appreciate it." he chuckled, waiting to hear her answer. "Go ahead, then." Mentally, he crossed out question Eight in his head.
He grinned at her answer, inclining his head. "Very good Miss Ryan, five points to Bourke." with a flick of his wrist, the point total updated itself. "Indeed, German Shepherds are a very good example of breeding ruining animals. In fact, you can look at almost any dog, and see a vast change from when they were used for the reason they were bred, to now, when they are almost exclusively pets. The Bloodhound's skin has been heavily exaggerated, resulting in common skin conditions. Bull-dogs, and many flat-faced breeds, struggle to breathe, and can easily overheat. Pugs are a truly horrific example, as a matter of fact. Their muzzles have been shortened so much they can't breathe, and their eyes are so large that it isn't uncommon for them to simply pop out of their skulls."
He hesitated, before flicking his wand, a picture appearing on the blackboard.
"Here is a show German Shepherd. As Miss Ryan said, they were bred to have a heavily sloped back, and frog-legs. Here, however," a flick of his wrist, and another picture appeared.
"Is a working German Shepherd. Note how the back is lacking the slope, and the bend in its leg is much less extreme." The pictures were gone with another movement of his wrist.
He smiled, and nodded at Savannah, before gesturing for Cassandra to speak. His smile vanished as he saw the state she was in, face clammy and looking like she was about to pass out, only for irritation to spread across her face. "Very good, Miss Sullivan." he responded to her answer, attempting to keep his voice kind. "Five points to Spencer, Miss Sullivan." he was concerned, and alarmed, as she suddenly darted outside, moving as though to go after her, only for Alexander to suddenly leap up and speak. He was reminded that he had a class and stopped uncomfortably.
"Of course you may Mr. Winfield, five points to Spencer." Once the boy had left, he took a moment to catch his breath, shaking his head. What had just happened?
"As Miss Sullivan was saying, Muggles likely got the term 'abra cadabra' from the Killing Curse." he cleared his throat, trying to get his thoughts back on track. What had they been talking about? "It is considered likely that, when Muggle hunting was a socially accepted sport, Muggles overheard the incantation and began to associate it with Magic. As time went on, the incantation became garbled, much like in a game of Telephone, before becoming the 'abra cadabra' we know today.
"And as Mister Winfield said, the number of sub-species is due to an animal's environment. If a pack of animals from a moderate environment end up in a cold environment, they will adapt and only those who can withstand the cold will survive to breed. A good way to look at this is with wolves. The Grey Wolf can be found almost anywhere. However, if you go to the Arctic, you will find Arctic Wolves, which are much more capable of handling the cold. There are also Sea Wolves, who are able to survive off of fish."
He allowed the two remaining students who hadn't answered to both answer before saying anything, as they built off of each other. "Very good Miss Glauert, Mister Arua-Karras. Hippogriffs are in fact carnivores, and it's easiest to feed them ferrets, rats, and other rodents. And Kneazles, indeed, are fed small mammals or rodents, as well as fish. Generally, they can be fed most types of meat, although it's best to stick to small mammals or rodents. Pet animals such as Kneazle's also tend to have food marketed to them so, if you can, it's best to feed them that. It will be nutriciously balanced, although some pets do do better on a raw diet. It is up to the individual. However, a carnivorous animal should never be fed a vegetarian diet."
He quickly glanced at the board, working out which hadn't been answered. "It is almost time for class to be over. I am going to put some questions on the board. Once you've copied them down, you may go. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, then please wait until after class."
Alic waved his wand, and the board cleared. The questions that hadn't been answered moved to the bottom of the board, and several more appeared.