Canine duality as both herd and herd-dog



Canis familiaris photo © bein_korean 


The domestic dog is perhaps the only animal farmed for human consumption while – at the same time and place – employed to guard livestock of its own species against theft. This incongruous relationship remains in e.g. South Korea today, where the placid Nureongi landrace is raised on plant matter for butchering, on properties guarded by conspecifics bred on protein-richer diets for vigilance.


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