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Book of the Akita Hardcover – March, 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0866220534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0866220538
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,726,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for both the potential and actual owners of the Akita. Joan McDonald Brearley has given the reader an enormous amount of information most valuble to the understanding of the breed. From puppyhood to adulthood one can see the progression of a small "teddybear" face puppy to the most regal of all canine faces. Changes not only to the physical aspects but to the mental attitude of the adult dog. This is disgussed thru out the book. She also has supplied the reader a much larger than normal amount of photographs of high quality.This in my mind, is most valuable if one is to compare for breeding stocks, types from other countries, and or just for the pleasure of viewing such beautiful animals. After ten years of owning this book I still am unable to refrain from looking at it if not for the written information or maybe the photographs alone. The author has provided a wonderful service to both the Akita breed and their owners/admires by sharing her knowledge with us.
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Great book, I've been looking at this book every since it was published. This book has lots of information on the breed, where it came from and what few people know, that there r two different strains of Akitas. A must to have if u really know Akitas and r into them. Plus a great price!
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Format: Hardcover
My list of features and observations that stand out the most for me:
*The book is very large with 272 pages.
*I counted approximately 167 of the 272 pages without ANY type, text, or writing of any kind.
*These 167 pages were covered with, logos, adverts, promotions and random dog show photos.

*The cover seems imposing oversized and implies an expertly written, akita specific publication.
*The table of contents and chapter titles seem all inclusive. With this large, heavy tome, one would look forward to reading and absorbing an Akita specific treasure trove of information.

Bring a sack lunch to follow this informational meal. Unfortunately, this text is heavy on garnish, light on genuine, noteworthy, digestable content.

The author devotes most of her energy discussing dog shows and the winners. If this is your interest: Dog show winners from the 1970's, then buy this book. You'll be happy.

If you are really looking for information on caring for, groomiong, training, feeding, socializing, ideal equipment and supplies for your Akita, this book is pretty useless.

She spends some time discussing breeding in her typical nonspecific wishy washy wordy format : Breeding is so great, I love akitas, so and so was top breeder...blah blah blah...only experts should breed...spaying and neutering is your friend...talk to an expert for more information...

The table of contents imply that the author has really written a complete set of breed specific information. Don't be fooled.

The author also includes what seems like her own rather racist, self certified expert description of the Akita and canine history as they relate to Japan and her inhabitants.
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Bought this as a gift and it seemed to be a very nice book! I realized as much as I admire the looks of this breed I could not have one. Beautiful pictures and lots of info!
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There are a few editions that seem to have been released only for being placed somewhere along the library shelves or on a coffee-table. This is one of them. Ms. Brearley seems to have never got any closer to an Akita than to a cat or a lion - as far as specific knowledge is concerned. If one is looking for information on Akitas rather than a second class cofee-table book, do refrain from buying the so-called "Booh of the Akita".
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