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The Illustrated Book of Dogs Hardcover – December 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; 2 Rev Sub edition (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888502052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888502056
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on a book first published in France, this publication is divided into six major sections. The first considers the history of the domestic dog and its ancestors. Then there is a portion on dog identification by physical characteristics and on classifying breeds. The central section of the volume follows--an alphabetically arranged, well-illustrated catalog of more than 150 dog breeds from affenpinscher to Yorkshire terrier that are recognized by kennel clubs in the U.K., Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Europe. Entries consider each breed's background, development, and physical and temperamental characteristics. This section also includes a discussion of unofficial breeds and consideration of mongrels. The section entitled "You and Your Dog" considers choosing a dog, hygiene, canine psychology, and training. The fifth area discusses a dog's anatomy, physiology, and medical care. The final section has information on international kennel clubs and show criteria and competition. The book concludes with a glossary and an index.

Compared with the 1989 revised edition, the jagdterrier has been dropped and the Jack Russell terrier and shar-pei have been added; the information on the Shetland sheepdog has been shortened. The Jack Russell terrier and shar-pei were listed in the 1989 edition under "Unofficial Breeds"; the former is still not recognized by the American Kennel Club. British spelling continues to be used. Measurements are in metric and imperial. The format and the color drawings and photographs of dogs are attractive.

This easy-to-use reference will be helpful to those deciding on a dog and to dog owners, although those who want to show dogs will need to consult the American Kennel Club's Complete Dog Book [RBB O 15 92].

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Preetinder on June 22, 2000
A very well written book , infact the most exhaustive one on the subject. I had used this back in India when I was rearing my GSD pup and ever since I was hunting for it all over and finally my search has ended with Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By retroredux VINE VOICE on July 1, 2005
as someone who lists dogs on the net for my local Humane Society for adoption-breed identifaction is very important. On some mixed breeds if I can rule in favor of the dog being part of a certain breed-that may greatly help it's chances for adoption-so I'm always on the lookout for clear, concise new breed info. The breed listings in this book are exceptional-with interesting history of the breed, physical characteristics, and lovely, helpful color drawings of each breed. Since this book was written overseas-you'll find many rare (to US folks) breeds listed that are very interesting to learn about.

The other sections of the book deal with the history of dogs, dog care and dog health are pretty standard for a dog reference book-handy but not specialized. If you are someone who keeps a "library" of dog breed books on hand then I'd recommend adding this one to your collection.

4 stars:)
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By S.P. on October 16, 2012
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This book was everything I thought it would be. Very informative, great color pictures, lots of information about the dogs.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Snyder on January 26, 2010
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Book was shipped almost immediately and we received it quickly. Book arrived in excellent condition as advertised.
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