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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Second Edition edition (October 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805064451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805064452
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Adopting a quasi-scientific approach to choosing a suitable breed of pedigreed pooch, this volume labors to objectify what is ultimately a very personal choice. Lowell, a dog obedience teacher in California, quizzes readers on their expectations regarding 10 aspects of living with a dog--the animal's sociability with strangers, compatibility with children, need of indoor and outdoor activity, trimming and clipping, and beyond. Then she profiles 175 breeds, supplying charts for each that tabulate the 10 factors. But despite her careful quantifications and seemingly authoritative declarations, most of the information she supplies is highly subjective. For example, a true/false test includes "I think most parents are too permissive or lackadaisical"; rejection of this statement, according to her, lessens the likelihood that the reader is "equipped to handle a breed who tried to test your leadership." Lowell's repetitious analyses of the breeds themselves are also too general: she presents the apparent pros and cons, but rarely are they entirely applicable.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Two new titles for dog lovers. Lowell's book helps prospective owners choose the puppy that best suits them, while the Freemans' book teaches owners how to prepare a new puppy for the show ring. Both books are refreshingly realistic about dog behavior and filled with accessible practical advice. Complete with charts and photos, Your Purebred Puppy profiles 176 breeds in terms of size, temperament, exercise and care required, activity level, and ease of training. Lowell, a dog trainer herself, encourages prospective buyers to study the profiles and choose an appropriate breed whose needs will match their lifestyle. She provides guidelines for choosing a breeder and for selecting a pup from a litter. The appendix includes a list of specialty breed clubs and contact person for each club. Written for people who want to show their dogs, The Road to Westminster walks a hypothetical owner through the entire process, from selecting a puppy through competing in the show ring. The Freemans take a friendly approach, peppering the book with reminiscences of their own show experiences and emphasizing dog shows as an enjoyable activity for owner, pet, and family. Another new work on the subject is Connie Vanacore's Dog Showing: An Owner's Guide ( LJ 10/15/90).--Ed. Though aimed at different readerships, both Lowell's and the Freemans' books would be worthwhile additions to public library collections.
- Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester,
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I have purchased many books on the subject, and this one is by far the best.
Kathy V.
The back of the book contains possibly the most important information in obtaining a puppy: how to find a responsible breeder.
K.J
So I started looking for a book that would help me make the right choice for our family.
Jessica Sabre

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JK Oregon on May 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book contains all the information you need on buying a puppy. Doesn't even have to be purebred for this information to be of considerable value. The description of the sequence of steps in the buying process is extraordinarily informative.
The main part of the book is a presentation of all the major breeds with the kind of detailed information of most use to a prospective owner, including ratings (frow very low to very high) of traits that would make a particular breed desirable (amount of shedding, amount of exercise needed, suitability for a novice owner, etc.) allowing a very informed choice.
In addition, there are chapters on how to make the purchase, how to contact a breeder, how to select the right puppy for you among those available, what to ask the breeder, etc. This way you feel prepared for the experience rather than falling in love with the first pup you see and buying it.
The writing is approachable and readable, but most of all, directly tailored at someone doing this for the first time. After looking at other books on puppy/dog adoption, my wife and I put all the others aside when we came upon this one. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K.J on March 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
What makes this book so great is not just its honest and informative summaries of the different dog breeds, but its instructions on how to locate a responsible breeder and a good and healthy puppy.

Though you can just flip through the hundreds of breed summaries and pick one you like best, if you do this you can not be sure it is really the right one. The front of the book goes over what factors you must consider when you are getting a dog, from your willingness to exercise your dog, to your social needs. It covers factors that you may not have even considered, such as how much grooming you can put up with, but may determine which is really your perfect pet. You can then go through the book, and check to see how much each breed fits your lifestyle. Any dog that scores a perfect ten is sure to be a winner.

The back of the book contains possibly the most important information in obtaining a puppy: how to find a responsible breeder. From what to look for, to what to questions to ask, there is everything you need to know about good and bad dog breeders.

Today, millions of dogs are being needlessly killed because of irresponsible breeders. Many purebred dogs are riddled with health problems such as hip dysphasia and blindness, and just as many dogs are plagued by troubles that have been specifically bred for! Pugs may have trouble breathing because of their cute little short faces. Tiny toys suffer from a list of ailments fifty times their size, as they have been bred for nothing but "cuteness" and the ability to fit inside a person's fist.

If every prospective purebred puppy owner had this book:

There would be no one whose faithful companion has an irreversible genetic illness.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Phelps on November 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Your Purebred Puppy is a must-have book for anyone looking to buy a new dog or any clinic that has a pre-purchase counseling service. It is 319 pages long and covers 200 different dog breeds. Welton divides the book into four steps: deciding whether or not to get a purebred dog, choosing the right breed, finding the right breeder, and choosing the right puppy.
There are several reasons that I highly recommend this book. First of all, it does not just explain the different breeds, but it gives advice for choosing the right breeder and puppy. Since the breeds are listed alphabetically, it is easy to quickly find the breed for which you are searching. Each breed's page describes its characteristics such as exercise and grooming needs, sociability with strangers, temperament, history, physical features, health issues, and some things to be aware of before you buy a dog of that breed. The histories of the breeds are interesting to read and help explain why certain dogs do the things they do. Each breed's AKC popularity and photograph are also included. A glossary of color and medical terms is included at the end of the book.
It is difficult to find anything wrong with this book. One improvement to this book could be to include color photographs instead of black and white ones. Also, Welton is biased toward holistic medicine and all-natural pet foods. This is only evident on two pages of the book, so it is a minor issue.
Your Purebred Puppy is a great starting point for a pre-purchase counseling program. Welton's unbiased breed profiles serve as a great reference for helping a client to choose a dog. This book is an excellent source for any veterinary clinic and can be recommended to clients as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yeoh Siok Kee on August 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Ms. Welton has produced a most practical book for those wishing to find a pup as companion and family member ...
The author prepares the potential new dog owner with all the necessary - from how to pick a breed to how to pick a pup, from how to pick a breeder to a timely caution on the time/effort required to rear a puppy ... While most "how to pick puppy" books may deal with the same topics, Ms. Welton does it exceedingly well, and the chapters are conveniently laid out, easy and fun to read ...
What we find most appealing is her description of the 200 breeds set out in the book (more than some breed books) ... Ms. Welton provides plenty of information about each breed (again, more than some breed books), from their expected temperament (including interaction with children) to expected life span, grooming requirements, genetic & hereditary medical cautions, availability (in the US), estimated price etc.
After having served its primary purpose and guiding owner to pup - the book will continue to be a very useful addition to any dog book library - as a source of information and reference ...
The photographs could be better though - maybe in the new edition ...
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