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].