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Dogs Of Brazil

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Brazil is much closer to its rural past, in which dogs were workers, not pets. Indeed, although dogs (like cats or birds) are doted upon in the major cities of Brazil much as they are as anywhere else in the world (supported by a culture that includes pet food stores and available high-end medical treatment) dogs are still not widely comprehended as objects of affection. On the streets of towns and villages throughout the vast country, dogs still roam the streets with reference to their traditional functions. There are few subsidized spray/neuter programs. In China, the very word, "dog," is pejorative. Not so much in Brazil, although the Portuguese word for "dog" is not entirely free of negative connotations.

Keywords: colonial Brazil; neuter program; stray dog

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