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Taiwan's special dog 台灣土狗

Taiwanese tu-gous.台灣土狗的照片。 (照片:記者王敏為攝)

PHOTO: WANG MIN-WEI, TAIPEI TIMES

Have you ever seen a tu-gou? A tu-gou is a dog which is native to Taiwan. Tu-gous traditionally lived with Taiwan's Aborigines. Tu-gous are normally black, golden or striped a bit like a tiger.

Tu-gous are very smart, learn quickly and are very loyal. They are very agile too. They can climb in the mountains and even climb some types of trees. They can jump very high as well.

Because of this, tu-gous are very good hunters. They can catch wild animals like boars and flying squirrels and even dangerous snakes.

Because tu-gous are smart and quick learners, they can also help earthquake rescue workers.

Tu-gous can be very friendly and gentle, but as with all dogs, if you want to play with a tu-gou you should always ask the owner first.

Tu-gous make great pets because they are very loyal, but you need to have a lot of space for a tu-gou. They need to be taken for walks three times a day and need a lot of attention because they are so smart.

(Catherine Thomas, staff writer)

你看過土狗嗎?土狗是台灣土生土長的狗,原本與台灣原住民住在一起。土狗普遍都是黑色、金黃色或有點像老虎的條紋樣。

土狗很聰明,學習快速,又非常忠心。牠們也非常靈敏,可以攀爬山間,甚至還可以爬到某些種類的樹上。牠們也可以跳得很高。

正因為如此,土狗是非常好的獵犬。牠們可以捕捉野豬、飛鼠、甚至是危險毒蛇等野生動物。

由於土狗聰明、學習又快,也可以幫助地震救難人員。

土狗可能非常溫和友善,不過就像所有狗類一樣,假如你想與土狗玩耍,你都應該先詢問主人。

土狗忠心耿耿,很適合當寵物,不過你要給牠很多空間。牠們一天必須出去散步三次,由於牠們如此聰明,需要許多關注。 (翻譯:賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. native adj.

原住的 (yuan2 zhu4 de5)

例: Taiwan has 57 native species of butterflies.

(台灣有五十七種原生蝴蝶。)

2. agile adj.

敏捷的 (min3 jie2 de5)

例: Our cat is very agile. He can even get on top of high cupboards in our living room!

(我們的貓咪非常靈敏,牠甚至可以跳到客廳高櫥櫃的上面。)

3. boar n.

野豬 (ye3 zhu1)

例: Wild boars eat fallen fruit.

(野豬食用掉落的果實。)


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