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Big Dog Breeds Paperback – March 1, 2001

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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So you've fallen in love with the vision of a mastiff curled in front of your fireplace, or a gently gigantic Newfoundland romping with the kids, pulling their sleds and protecting them from strangers. But are you ready for the special concerns of a big--not to say enormous--dog? A thorough reading of Big Dog Breeds is in order, after which you'll be informed enough to make the proper decision for both the dog and your family. The first half of this straightforward book is devoted to the health and daily care of a big dog. Author Dan Rice (Complete Book of Dog Breeding, Dogs from A to Z) puts it all in simple terms: we see his two hypothetical dogs Barney and Greta through every stage of life, from his first day home as a puppy to his last decrepit wobble around the backyard. Rice neatly balances a deep love and respect for these caring canines with a few stern admonishments for humans. While a Bouvier des Flandres or briard may be a naturally wonderful creature, without proper care and training from his family, you can easily have a 160-pound terror roaming the neighborhood. To Rice, obedience training and love go hand in hand. The last half of the book is more entertaining--plenty of picture and personality descriptions of large breeds from akitas to wolfhounds. While some large breeds like the old English sheepdog don't rate an appearance, the mix includes smaller and popular dogs like German shepherd as well as lovable weirdoes like the dread-locked komondor. --Jill Lightner
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764116495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764116490
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,453,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I would not recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about buying a giant breed dog. This book does not tell the cons of owing a dog of this size and stature. I never saw the word "drool" mentioned nor the potential weights of any of these dogs. Also, in my opinion, the author is very biased when it comes to dog food manufacturers. He states that many owners think they know more about nutrition than the dog food producers. In many cases, owners do know more. He doesn't say much about the positive affects of a raw diet and supplements for giant breed and how most commercial dog foods are not geered to the growth of a giant breed. He really doesn't get into the genetic disorders that plague most giant breeds but gives a group of common disorders that affect all breeds. I was very disappointed with this book.
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The book is a wonderful source of information about what to expect when getting a big dog. It throughly covers all the possible diseases that strike big dogs. You learn all about the special care needs of your new big friend and your responsibilities that come with owning a large dog. However, nutritionally it does not provide any advice on home feeding but commercial food only. Gives great discriptions on large breeds from temperament to ease of training, as well as suitability for certain disciplines. It lacks to mention possible weight of each breed. Over all a great read and very informative.
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I found this book to be the right mix of simplicity, completeness and fun. The first half of the book is filled with good info (and reminders) that apply to any dog of any size. Since the book is easy to read, even going back over information that you have known for years is worth the effort to pick up those extra 1 or 2 gems (or reminders). If you're new to raising dogs, especially large ones, the info is kept straightforward and easy to understand.

The second half of the book focuses in on the individual big breeds to help you make the right decision about which breeds might be right for you and what you need to take in to consideration in your selection. The descriptions are succinct and the pictures will make the process very enjoyable even for breeds that fall outside of your particular criteria.
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By A Customer on June 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
An excelent guide to looking at health concerns of big dogs. The list of all big dog breeds in the back is very helpful. Read this book before obtaining a large dog.
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