FLINT HILL, Virginia (Reuters Life!) – Until a lanky five-year-old Scottish deerhound won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York few people knew about the large, gentle breed.
But Hickory, the 85-pound (38-kg) grey and white female who nabbed the top prize from about 2,600 competitors in February, could change that.
GYEONGSAN, South Korea (Reuters Life!) – Decades of colonial occupation, war and poverty took a deadly toll not just on millions of Koreans but also one of the country’s traditional and beloved breeds of dogs.
Sapsarees, shaggy-haired dogs long valued for their loyalty, were killed in large numbers by the Japanese military, which used their fur to make winter coats for its soldiers serving in the extreme cold of Manchuria, as documented in government records during the period of Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945).