Relying on his background in psychology and dog intelligence--as well as the input of several animal experts--Coren created seven new groups of dogs based on canine characteristics that "had the most influence on people's satisfaction and lifestyle": friendly, protective, independent, self-assured, consistent, steady, and clever. Coren then asks that you calculate your personality using a pared-down version of the Interpersonal Adjective Scales--a personality test that measures in terms of extroverted/introverted, trusting/controlling, dominant/no-so-dominant, and warm/cool. The findings of this test, when coupled with Coren's new canine classification system, pinpoint the dog/dogs perfect for your personality.
Sprinkled throughout Coren's fascinating scientific discussion are a multitude of entertaining tales--which serve to further illustrate Coren's findings--including Sigmund Freud and his well-suited chow chow, Jo-Fi, who attended Freud's therapy sessions; playwright Eugene O'Neill and his beloved dalmatian, Blemie, for whom O'Neill bought a four-poster bed; and novelist John Steinbeck's poodle, Charlie, who accompanied the Nobel Prize-winning novelist on his travels across the United States. Both informative and highly entertaining, Why We Love the Dogs We Do paves the way for a mutually beneficial owner/dog relationship. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The classification of dog "types" didn't resemble anything I've learned in other books on dog breeds.
What Coren is doing here is playing to the prejudices of animal lovers, who sometimes believe we're superior to people who don't like animals.
Much of the book is taken up with anecdotes about celebrities' dogs, and a long list of what famous person has had what breed of dog.
Over the years I've owned several breeds of dogs. Some I've really enjoyed and some not. Was it a problem with me or the dog? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chris Nolen
Do you and your dog get along? Do you feel like soul mates? Maybe that's stretching it a little bit, but this book will let you find out if your choice of a canine companion... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Martha A. Lauser
entertaining and inventive approach to selecting dogs. It was fun to learn about myself as an integral part of the process.Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Robertson
I'm rating this book 4 stars because it worked for me but I don't fully agree with the "Cat People" chapter. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Darky
I first read this about seven years ago, and kept remembering it over the years. It turned my
ideas of what breeds I would suit as an owner on its head. Read more
This book might be useful for someone who is considering acquiring a dog for the first time. For those of us who already own dogs, however, the book is at least as likely to be... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Anne Mills
It's a really good and well thought out book. The personality test in the book really works and can help anyone who is unsure what breed/breeds is right for them to find their... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by terriercat1
Want to know what dog matches your personality? This book has the personality quiz inside. It has been very reliable for myself and friends who took it. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Laurie C.