From Publishers Weekly
Obviously an invaluable reference book, completely rewritten over three years, this handsome volume soon seduces even the average reader with any interest in man's best friend. Covering more than 420 breeds, the guide is easy to use, alphabetically arranged with ratings for a number of important breed characteristics such as compatibility with children, with other pets, grooming, and energy level. Beautiful photographs portray each breed, accompanied by origin and history, recognized by the seven foremost breed clubs and registries. Also useful are the appendices, including glossaries of canine terminology, disorders and diseases, as well as an extensive bibliography and index. An important volume for those who operate in "the world of dogs," it's also a surprising, fun, informative page turner for anyone contemplating owning a dog (or just wishing they could).
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World Atlas of Dog Breeds is just that, an atlas of breeds. Nearly 900 of the pages highlight the breed standards of more than 400 dogs. Each breed receives a two-page spread with easy-to-read descriptions of the origin and history of the breed, personality profile, and care requirements. The pages are enhanced with color photos; a world map with the breed origin; sidebars for breed facts (size, coat, colors, registries); and fast facts. Fast facts includes a “five-paw” rating system for compatibility with children and other pets, grooming, loyalty, energy level, protectiveness, exercise requirements, and trainability. Introductory chapters describe the history and development of dogs and care and training. Appendixes include a canine and medical glossary, resources, a bibliography, and an index. Libraries seeking a larger variety of dog breeds will find World Atlas very useful. The binding, placeholder ribbon, and high-quality paper with full-color photos make this a beautiful coffee-table book, but it will look just as good in the stacks of the public library. --Sue Polanka