- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: *Howell Book House; 1 edition (April 28, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0876056028
- ISBN-13: 978-0876056028
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Standard Poodle Hardcover – April 28, 1998
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The Complete Standard Poodle At long last the Standard Poodle the largest of the three Poodle varieties has a book to itself, concentrating on its history and development, and highlighting the Standard's unique character and working ability. The Poodle's ancient origins are traced, from its role as a water-retriever, to its appeal as one of the most glamorous of show dogs. In a special section, there is unique coverage of the versatile Standard Poodle, highlighting its talents in many different spheres Obedience and Agility, as a guide dog for the blind and a therapy dog and, most surprisingly of all, as a racing sled dog. There is an in-depth analysis of the Breed Standard, plus detailed information on colours and trims, and preparing the Standard Poodle for the show ring. For the first-time owner, advice is given on choosing a puppy, training, exercise, coat care and nutrition, and for the specialist, there is comprehensive coverage of breeding and rearing a litter. Illustrated with more than 150 top-quality colour and black and photographs, this book is essential reading for all Poodle enthusiasts.
About the Author
Eileen Geeson has been actively involved with Standard Poodles for over thirty years, and has enjoyed considerable success with her Janavons prefix. Her first Champion, Ch. Janavons Daughter of Blest, was a Utility Group winner, and Ch. Janavons Midnight Blue made his name as the first blue Champion for many years. His breeding is behind many of the top-winning blues in the ring today. The Janavons line has also been successful overseas with Int. Finish and Swedish Ch. Janavons Yankee Doodle Dandy and Int. Finish and Swedish Ch. Janavons Ballerina. Ch. Janavons Pollyanna, with her outstanding personality, was a particular favourite in the show ring. She won Best in Show at the much-acclaimed Standard Poodle Club Championship Show in 1984. Eileen is a Championship Show judge and when she judged at the British Utility Breeds Association in 1986 she attracted a world record entry of Standard Poodles. Eileen judges many breeds in the Utility Group and also judges at Group level. She joined the committee of the Standard Poodle Club in 1977 and is now Vice Chair.
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As soon as my Complete Standard Poodle arrived, I dove in. The author has bred, shown, and judged standard Poodles in the UK for three decades (by 1998). She is recognized as the leading British authority on the breed. She provides excellent history and photographs of outstanding dogs and great advice on how to judge, groom, breed,and raise standard Poodles.
To my total astonishment, she feeds her champion Poodles, and recommends you feed your Poodle, the RAW-MEATY-BONES diet!
"There is no doubt that dogs like a variety of foods. Being natural carnivores they love the internal organs of other animals such as beef (usually complete with well-chewed grass and vegetables), their meat, bones. everything. As natural scavengers they eat anything from scraps to the compost heap. Dogs descended from wolves and still carry their natural instincts. These instincts are often depressed by an owner who refuses to accept their dog is a dog. I have had Poodles come to stay with me who will not so much as look at a raw meaty bone while there is a human in sight, yet leave the dog alone with the bone and you will soon hear it crunching with great passion."
In addition to RMB, she says table scraps and cooked veggies are good supplements to the diet. Tom Lonsdale (author of Raw Meaty Bones) could have written Ms. Geeson's feeding recommendations. I would love to know if she read Dr. Lonsdale's earlier writings; his major book was not published until 2001. The book has no index and acknowledges only a few Poodle experts and photographers. Perhaps, Ms. Geeson is simply a sensible dog expert, who recognizes dogs' wolf origins and the dietary needs of carnivorous pets.
My Poodle babies adore raw-meaty-bones. I am happy to follow Ms. Geeson's advice to feed my Poodles RMB. I wonder how many other standard Poodle owners have similarly followed her advice. She is the leading Poodle expert in the UK ....
I wish only that she, or a follower, will update this good book with recent genetic and health information. Cropping tails has become unlawful in some countries; how does this affect judging? Nonetheless, this is by far the most informative book on standard Poodles yet written. I recommend it.