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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Portrayed Pooches, August 27, 2007
This review is from: Dogalog (Paperback)
This book has great photograhy in it. Each listed breed includes a brief history, standard weight and height, first and current uses, and other names for the breed. It also includes up to six "tags" that describe its personality and other characteristics, such as whether it is best-suited for cold or warm weather, if it requires a lot of grooming, ease of obedience training, how much exercise is needed, whether it is comfortable living in an urban setting, et cetera.

However, while it DOES include some of the more rare breeds (such as the Dandie Ditmont Terrier and the Lancashire Heeler), it DOES NOT include some of the more common breeds (such as the American Eskimo Dog). What I seem to dislike most is that much of the category classification is flawed. For example: Staffordshire Terriers are grouped with "terriers," though they are "mastiffs." This is because there is no "mastiff" category included, which then places bulldogs and the likes with "livestock dogs" (because of their guarding abilities). "Scent hounds" and "sight hounds" are not separated.....

All things considered, however, this is great as a quick reference guide. I bought it as a secondary book to share with my clients. If you have the money and you want DETAILED, completely accurate information, buy Bonnie Wilcox's "The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World" (my primary resource book). It is THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE book of dog breeds I've ever found. Next best (and about one third of the price) would probably be "The NEW Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds" (emphasis on the NEW) published by Dorling Kingsley.
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