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The Labrador Retriever: The Dog That Does It All (Howell's Best of Breed Library) Hardcover – November 30, 1998

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The Labrador Retriever, America's favorite breed, is truly the dog that does it all. Labs have been valued since the breed was developed for their even temper, quick intelligence and versatility. These are lively, active sporting dogs, and there's nothing they like better than to do a job for you?whether it's retrieving a duck from a pond or your TV remote from the couch. Labs are wonderful family dogs, great with kids and sociable with others. They are also used widely as assistance dogs and in police work as bomb sniffers and drug detection dogs. The fact that Labs are so very willing to please, and enjoy working for praise, is why they are successful at just about anything they attempt. It's also why they are a very valued member of any family they join. From the dog in the White House to the dog in your yard, no other breed can fill so many niches, or please so many people with such different needs.

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The Labrador Retriever: The Dog That Does It All gives potential owners, new converts and veteran Lab lovers all they need to know about this perennial favorite. There are chapters on buying a dog, grooming, temperament, understanding the breed standard, breeding, health concerns and more.

Dog shows, hunting and obedience competitions, service dogs and all the other activities Labs can participate in are discussed. Five appendices include useful resources, important pedigrees and top dogs in the breed.
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Product Details

  • Series: Howell's Best of Breed Library
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: *Howell Book House (November 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876050445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876050446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on March 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, which is no mean feat, given the fact that I am a person who's had the distinct pleasure of sharing his house and his life with as many as six Labrador retrievers at a time over the last 20 years (I now have four), I am acutely aware of the wonder and awe associated with getting such a wonderful companion can be. Yet, sadly, I am also aware of the profound ignorance many would-be labrador-people are regarding how to select, introduce, and socialize this new member of the family. In that sense, this book , along with a number of others (e.g. Richard Wolper's "Family Dog") can provide the wary would-be initate with all of the essentials on how to successfully transform that cute little puppy into a happy, obdeient, and well-integrated member of the household.
This book does offer one the expert advice one needs regarding the care and nurture of what has now become the single most popular breed in the United States, with information ranging from an impromptu history of Labrador Retrievers to such topics such as adoption options. The book also delivers to the prospective owner a wealth of facts and details regarding Labrador Retrievers. It provides essential and vital information regarding nutrition, socialization, and exercise, and offers some sage advice about how to find and select a reputable breeder. In addition, it also touches on aspects of ownerships such as common illnesses and chronic problems associated with the breed. This is a book I can heartily recommend! Enjoy!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Fred Facompre on August 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The combined talent and experience of these two exceptional breeders has resulted in an outstanding, informative and well-rounded look at the Labrador Retriever. The book is a valuable source of information for anyone who owns a Labrador, or is interested in obtaining one. It covers the history and development of the breed, finding a responsible breeder to the care of the young and older dog. The book also provides a wonderful look at the versatility of the Labrador; from Show dogs to Field dogs, obedience, companions and guide dogs for the blind. It was wonderful to see the pictures and pedigrees of so many influential stud dogs of yesterday and today. Many of our own dogs can be traced back to these very special Labradors.
The author's "take" on the functionality of the Labrador is exactly on the money. It is possible to have an outstanding looking Labrador that can also perform the tasks it was bred for. As seen on the cover, Baloo, as he is affectionately known, is not only an AKC Champion, from a long line of champions, but has also earned his Junior Hunter and Obedience titles. He is anything but clumsy, unathletic or dysplastic, and has an OFA excellent rating. Perhaps Baloo's most important gift to the breed has been his progeny. He is credited with producing champions, guide dogs, hunters and obedience title dogs, whom have also inherited his "superdog" temperament. The success of this particular dog can only be summed up as "a breeders dream come true".
Buy the book; don't just leaf through it. You won't be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yeoh Siok Kee on May 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We wanted a book to help us bring up our yellow labrador retreiver ... and this is the best ... The book provides plenty of sound overall information about the breed; from breed histroy to breed standard, from puppy care to looking after the senior dog ... well written with an added bonus ... its got good pictures too ... many of which are better taken and presented than some so-called coffee table books of Labradors ...
If you are looking for a book that'll help you understand Labradors ... get this ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The writing is clear and concise, the photography is brilliant. Very enjoyable reading for Labrador breeders/owners/handlers. Chapters cover a broad range of topics; from selecting a puppy to caring for an older dog, and everything in between. What a treat to read!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book tremendously. It had excellent insight into the qualities of this breed and was very evenhanded in its evaluations. The sections on puppy, adult and senior dog care were useful and informative. I was particularly impressed with how the authors dealt with the subject of breeding. The list of responsiblities and situations breeders dealt with was informative and eye opening and I felt this was a very responsible treatment of that subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kjtallant" on January 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While patently not a training manual (and it does not claim to be) this book is something you should own if you're going to bring a Lab into your life. The book has lots of historical information on the breed, breed characteristics, and health issues which any Lab owner will find interesting and helpful. The book is particularly apt for those who have yet to purchase their lab, but are interested or have committed to taking a pup from a litter. Read it before hand, cover to cover, and you'll know more about where to find a pup, how to choose it, and what to expect when you get home. Oh, and the pics are great.
You should, however, buy a separate training manual -- even if you plan to use a professional trainer (which I recommend) a training manual will help you get through those first weeks/months before obedience classes start.
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