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Want a pedigreed pooch? Advice for dog owners

By Lauren Young NEW YORK (Reuters) - Basset hounds, German shepherds and poodles sporting crazy hairdos are prancing in front of pet lovers this week at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. How do you know if a breed is right for you? Dr. Suzanne Dempsey, a doctor of veterinary medicine from the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (http://vetcares.com) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has advice for would-be dog owners.

Thousands compete for Top Dog honors at New York show

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three newly admitted breeds will be among 3,000 dogs strutting their stuff in New York City at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday in the popular event's largest gathering since 1990. This year's dogs come from all 50 states, organizers said, with the majority from New York and California. There are at least 127 foreign entries, including dogs from Finland, Slovenia, Japan and Thailand.

Labrador is Americans' top dog, French bulldog leaps in popularity

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States for the 23rd straight year, but the French bulldog has gained ground by leaps and bounds, the American Kennel Club said on Friday. Labrador retrievers enjoy the longest consecutive reign of any dog in the annual ranking compiled by the American Kennel Club, or AKC, which bases its list of the most popular breeds on the number of dog registrations across the country.

Akita court rules July poll vote gap in state of unconstitutionality

The Sendai High Court's Akita branch ruled Thursday that the disparity of up to 4.77 times in the weight of votes in July's upper house election was "in a state of unconstitutionality," but rejected the plaintiffs' demand that the election results in the Akita constituency be nullified. The ruling was the last of similar lawsuits filed with 14 high courts and their branches across Japan by groups of lawyers.

Animal abuse remains widespread in Jordan, as puppy mills rampant and stolen pets freely sold

MADABA, Jordan - In the mountains of southwestern Jordan, where tradition says Moses saw the Promised Land, dozens of sick dogs lay chained and starving at an isolated olive plantation. The dogs, including 40 puppies, eat only rotten chicken wings every few days, getting just enough water and food to keep them alive to breed. But the scene that would horrify animal lovers in the West gets only a shrug from their breeder, a 27-year-old man who describes his operation as a "great tax-free business."

USDA cracks down on Internet pet sales to ensure animals are healthy when purchased

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department is cracking down on dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet, issuing new regulations that will force them to apply for federal licenses. The rules announced Tuesday would subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies online, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale animal breeders.

USDA cracks down on Internet pet sales to ensure animals are healthy when purchased

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department is cracking down on dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet with new regulations that will force them to apply for federal licenses. The rules announced Tuesday would subject dog owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies online, by mail or over the phone to the same oversight faced by wholesale animal breeders.

Hungarian dogs draw celebrity interest, but no money

By Marton Dunai KISUJSZALLAS, Hungary (Reuters) - When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife visited Hungary in May, social media sites lit up with people guessing why the high tech tycoon was in the country. It turns out he owns a Puli, a Hungarian shepherd dog, wanted to learn more about it from a breeder and check out a kennel, surprising locals with a visit. "They were very down-to-earth, and clearly in love with the pulis," breeder Ferenc Antal told Reuters.

Today in Korean history

Aug. 3 1983 - Samsung Electronics Co. declares that it is the world's third firm to develop 64k dynamic random access memory (DRAM) after companies in the U.S. and Japan. 2005 - A Seoul National University research team, led by Hwang Woo-suk, announces the cloning of a dog, which has been independently verified through genetic testing. The dog, an Afghan hound, was named Snuppy. <All rights reserved by Yonhap News Agency>

ASPCA website uses licensing photos in fight against puppy mills, pet store and online puppies

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is bolstering its campaign against puppy mills by showing photos of sick puppies and harsh kennel conditions taken by the federal agency that licenses commercial breeders. The organization has added 10,000 photos to its "NoPetStorePuppies" website showing dogs at breeders across the U.S. with matted hair, bloody stool, long nails, injured eyes and dental disease.
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