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World Atlas of Dog Breeds Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.; 6th edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793806569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793806560
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.7 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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I read and reread this.
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It has beautiful pictures, and a two-page spread for each of the over 400 breeds featured.
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I have this beautiful book on my coffee table.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By BadgerTillDeath on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is known as the World Atlas of Dog Breeds, 6th Edition, as stated on the cover and intro of the book. It is the much needed and anticipated update to the "The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World" which was last updated in 1995 (this fact is NOT advertised, but its clearly stated in the intro). The author has changed, but the update is greatly appreciated. Pictures look great to me, info is concise, to the point, with a plethora of dog breeds. I'm a vet med student, so this is a perfect resource for me, but I imagine for any dog hobbyist. Makes an excellent gift for the dog obsessed individual and cheaper than the out of print 5th edition. A no brainer!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Fowler on December 3, 2010
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I own several (in fact, six) dog breed references, including this one. I am a bit of an obsessive personality, and one of my fixations is dogs. I love this reference book. It has beautiful pictures, and a two-page spread for each of the over 400 breeds featured. The information is well-written and concise...understand, a book this size with the scope of information it is covering, can hardly be expected to go into any great depth about the breeds. Each breed has its' orgins discussed, the personality generally found within the breed (making allowances for individual variations), physical attriubutes, training and exercising needs and food requirements (in fact, this is the only resource I own on the subject that individually treats the subject of food for each breed). The author also addresses grooming needs and suitability with children to a point.

I gave the book a five, because I have several other resources to suppliment it and I didn't need it to give me a comprihensive look at each breed. It fulfilled the purpose for which I bought it, which was basically to have a book with great pictures and more breeds then most of my others, as well as more updated information.

I will say, however, that I thought there where a couple things that weren't quite perfect: for one, the book tends to be determinately sunny about all breeds. I'm not saying that all breeds don't have good virtues, and I am a happy-ending girl myself, but the reality is that different breeds have special needs, and sometimes those needs mean they won't be good around children or that they need to have experienced owners.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Enrique on November 26, 2011
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The title of this book is somewhat misleading. I purchased it on the belief that it was a handbook of the dog breeds. But it is more similar to a commercial catalogue (an impression reinforced by the advertisement of dog toys in the last page) aimed to make easier the choice of a breed. A factor that contributed to my mistake was that the publisher did not provide to the Search Inside Program a sample of the pages on specific dog breeds. Therefore, crucial information about the characteristics of the book was not available. If I had seen previously inside the book I had though twice before purchasing it.
So this is basically a dog breed's catalogue which suffers from some faults. First, the breeds' accounts are very succinct. More information could have been included eliminating an irrelevant scheme of the" fast facts" of each breed, and an expendable map of the world where the country of origin is poorly indicated. Secondly, it is very questionable that (irrespectively of criteria employed by different breed registries) the varieties of a breed deserve a specific treatment. In practice, two additional pages with essentially the same text are employed for each breed variety. As a result the number of pages is artificially increased. Many of the useless pages on breed varieties could have been better employed in describing additional dog breeds: although the number of breeds described in the book is high, the authors use registries of only a few countries (Australia, Canada, UK and USA) and therefore breeds included in other national registries are not described (for instance, only four of the 16 Spanish breeds are described). This situation is only partially improved using data from FCI and ARBA registries.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sallyellen R. Schilling on June 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have this beautiful book on my coffee table. My adult son immediately opened it upon visiting and commented "I bet your breed is NOT in the book, mom!" He then proceeded to check it out... "Hey Mom! Those are pictures of your standard American Eskimos!"

This is a beautiful book that's a must for any dog lover interested in learning about breeds not seen and/or recognized by UKC (United Kennel Club) or by AKC (American Kennel Club.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SkinnyV on September 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to add to some of the great review of that book. While it is an unofficial 6th edition of the Bonnie Wilcox & Chris Walkowicz World Atlas of dog breed I would compare both book before buying because this edition, while updated, is missing quite a bit of information that was included in the 5Th edition (1995) and to me is lacking quite a bit of the interesting info I enjoyed about the old edition. It list all the breed and come with updated country of origin (I.E no longer listing USSR as coutnry of origin etc) but to me is sound like a more modern book aiming at a more general public than the first 5 edition by Wilcox who were clearly aimed at people really into dog and dog history. The information on each breed were reduced while replacing most of it by generic and to the point care and grooming rating. Not saying this is a lesser edition but it mgiht be wise to use amazon ''look inside'' feature, look for a specific breed and compare the two edition page on that specific breed to see which one is more suitted to your liking. Personnaly, I decided to stick with the 5th edition.
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