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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care Hardcover – February 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: JG Press (February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572151269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572151260
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,222,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Peter Larkin, MRCVS qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1953, and was later awarded the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine by thesis from the University of Berne. He has also been the veterinary correspondent to Our Dogs magazine. Peter has judged dogs all over the world. He is a member of the Kennel Club, serving on its Scientific Committee, is Chairman of the Bull Terrier Club and Vice-President of Southern Countries (UK) Canine Association. Mike Stockman, MRCVS, qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1949 and has been actively involved with dogs all his life. He has served as President of the British Veterinary Association and as Chairman of the Crufts organising subcommittee. Now retired from general practice, Mike judges dogs at the highest levels of competition both at home and abroad. He contributes regularly to veterinary journals and has been a BBC television commentator at Crufts. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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NEVER feed chocolate to your dog or cat no matter how much they like it.
K. E. Guenther
It is a very informative book on all the different breeds and their traits, habits, and needs.
M. Evans
I have spent hours flipping through this book and I always find something new.
Jonathan I. Porter

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Reum on January 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very friendly book. It is bound very nicely and has an attractive cover with bright illustrations. It is large and would serve well as a "coffee table" book. The reading is easy and provides just enough information on each breed.
The first section of the book is alive with pictures of various dogs and instructions from puppy care on through the life of a dog. It is well suited for a beginning dog owner due to its thoroughness and explanations of care. It is also a good selection to help you determine which breed is right for you.
In contrast to other dog books we have seen, this one offers several photographs of most breeds. This is important. That cute puppy may grow to be one ugly dog.
Overall, this is a very nice book that has proven itself to be informative and entertaining. Most of all, our kids love it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The deadly suggestion is found on page 31 in the feeding & nutrition section. On that page is a photo of chocolate candy pieces with the caption, "Very nearly every dog loves chocolate". It's now known that chocolate can be toxic, as in fatally toxic, to dogs. Not much chocolate needs to be ingested, either.

If one removes that great, big error from the book, the rest is rather good. The book provides at least one color photo of each breed described, with well-organized, brief information. Each breed's section includes a small, yellow "breed box" (text box) that covers the areas of size, grooming needs, exercise needs, feeding and temperament, almost in bullet point form. Each breed is also described in several text paragraphs.

My family found this book to be a great place to start in looking for a new dog. We, in fact, discovered a rare breed that we liked very much through this book and did purchase a dog of the same breed for our family. Our little dog has turned out to be just like the book described.

It's a good coffee table book and basic reference tool for looking up dog breeds.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Well done. Everyone has their own opinion on temperment and I do disagree on some of the Author's comments. Overall it s a nice book with great pictures.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I founda lot of information in the book. I read it about everynight after homework. I am still choosing the right dog for me and my kid sister.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great book! There are great pictures of each breed, and a good amount of information, including size, grooming, exercise, etc. There are all kinds of breeds, including rare ones, and plenty info on dog care. The authors could have included more info on each breed though, and some of the pictures for each breed are sideways, so you have no idea what the face of the dog looks like. On one breed, they give you false information. The Eskimo Dog (according to the book) is a different name for the American Eskimo Dog. The book says the Eskie is a large dog weighing 59-104 lbs. and standing 20-27 in at the withers, and it can be any known dog color. The Eskie is actually a small dog that comes in white or biscuit cream only and in three sizes (toy,mini,standard) 9-19 in at the withers and 6-40 lbs. That is the only mistake I have seen in the book, though. Overall, this book is very informative and definetly worth the cost!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. McRae on December 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Not quite the "Ultimate Encyclopedia" one would expect from the title. I've read several other guides to dogs that cover each breed much more thoroughly. But still handy for quick and concise reference. Better suited for dog care as a whole, than individual breed info which is quite limited.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Knowledgeable on January 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
We enjoyed your book and found it had excellent graphics, however there were a few concerns. On pg 83, it states when suffering from heat exhaustion to "bath the dog with cold water and especially drench its head" if one were to do this it would send the animal into an immediate state of cardiac arrest in shock, a condition that no owner is equiped to deal with. I think that any veterinarian would agree, the best course of action would be to slowly cool the animal with tepid water and seek immediate emergency help. As well there is a section stating how much dogs like to eat chocolate but there is no mention to the fact of it being extremely toxic. On the plus side it is nice to see that you recommended that any injured dog should be muzzled as it may bite (something that the owner may not know).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Evans on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great book to have for anyone who loves dogs. It is a very informative book on all the different breeds and their traits, habits, and needs. This book even informs the reader of the type of demeanor each breed is genetically carrying. Facts regarding the care each individual breed needs for a healthy and happy life such as nutrition, grooming, and excersise are extreemly informative. A fantastic book for the Pro and Novice alike.
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