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Product Details

  • Series: Aspc Complete Guide to
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; English Language edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811819043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811819046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sheldon Gerstenfeld, VMD is director of the Chestnut Hill Veterinary Hospital and Bird Clinic in Philadelphia. Author of previous books on cat and dog care, he has served as a contributing editor to Parents magazine and hosted a radio program on pet care. He lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Great pictures and easy instructions.
P. Markarian
This book is an excellent reference book and as a new dog owner I have found myself coming back to it several times a week to answer my questions.
Jennifer
It is also very useful in providing information about different breeds with the characteristics and tempererament of the various breeds.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has everything you should know about dogs. It is great for anyone wanting to buy a dog because it helps you realize the responsibility, the breed traits, and what is right for you. It covers dog history, health, behavior--everything! It is also good for dog enthusiasts that enjoy looking at all of the breeds out there. Great section on each breeds profile. I read the entire thing, even all of the dog breeds simply because I love dogs. Very interesting, and covers all the basics. Must buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Oglesby on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
A good overall, generic resource; however, I caution against using it as your only resource for breed-specific information (section 2) because it only provides a brief overview of each breed. Specifically, each breed is only afforded one page (approximately 5-6 paragraphs) to describe its positives and negatives.

However, the good sections (which represent about 60% of the book's pages) are:

1) Section 3: What Makes a Dog a Dog? including How the Dog Came to Be Man's Best Friend, How the Dog Works, and Understanding Your Dog.

2) Section 4: Taking Care of Your Dog including Everyday Care for Your Dog, Keeping Your Dog Healthy, Common Canine Health Problems, Home Nursing, and First Aid.

3) Additional Resources section: including, Important Telephone Numbers, Breed Organizations and Kennel Clubs, Organized Sports and Showing, Recommended Reading, and miscellaneous dog-related resource organizations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on April 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This guide provides an excellent, comprehensive, step by step review of being a dog owner. It covers deciding if a dog is the right pet for you, deciding which kind of dog fits your lifestyle, preparing your home, buying food and supplies, introducing the dog to the family and other pets, nutrition, health, training, behavior, older pets, legal pet ownership issues, and many other topics. Although the breed descriptions are somewhat brief for a detail fanatic like myself, the pictures are nice, and it's a good starting point for researching specific breeds more in depth. The breed descriptions strive to remain positive, while indicating that there may be some less than desirable and/or difficult to manage tendencies in some breeds. I look at this book all the time even though I already have 2 dogs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a very good book to reference to and look at if you need help with something, but some of the dog breeds traits are listed inaccurately... Like for example: A dog breed might be listed as easy to groom, but in real life, grooming is a challenge! Or the dog breed might be listed as something and actually be something else... It's an interesting book, but don't use it as your only resource to a breed. Search the internet a little bit and see if it is actually what you think it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guide book for the beginner who's thinking about getting a dog and an excellent reference for the experienced dog owner. It gives you a good overview of all breeds and their specific traits and needs. It helps guide you into really thinking about which kind of dog fits your lifestyle and living arrangements before you commit to an animal. It also gives practical information on daily care and first aid, including, for example, what plants you shouldn't have in your house.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Hazzard on April 24, 2000
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This is the all around best dog book. It tells everything you need to know about caring for your dog. It also has a lot of pages full of information about dog breeds. It tells about their temperment, grooming needs, excercise needs, if they are good with kids, their size, and much more. It also tells about their appearance. This book is a must have for all dog owners and dog lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Some of the facts in this pet care guide are innaccurate, as well as MOST of them being true. Although some of the life span facts, and ibs. facts are incorrect. This dog guide is worth buying, as long as you don't rely on it as your number one recource. Use the internet, and other books as well, to backup some of your un-answered questions, and facts you're un-sure of in this dog care guide. This book is great for looking up quick facts, but not great for searching up a full backround, or history check on a specific breed,and/or illness.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Dailey on March 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
They tell you exactly what this book is on the cover... " Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your pet. " I love the ASPCA and this book is a great resource. They take you through the breeds of many dogs, showing size, exercise needs, grooming needs, behavior, and more. Giving you tips on everday care for your dog, to how to look out for serious medical problems. I suggest this book for any and every dog
lover!
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