- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Readers Digest; Revised, Subsequent edition (December 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0888502052
- ISBN-13: 978-0888502056
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Illustrated Book of Dogs Hardcover – December 1, 1993
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Based on a book first published in France, this publication is divided into six major sections. The first considers the history of the domestic dog and its ancestors. Then there is a portion on dog identification by physical characteristics and on classifying breeds. The central section of the volume follows--an alphabetically arranged, well-illustrated catalog of more than 150 dog breeds from affenpinscher to Yorkshire terrier that are recognized by kennel clubs in the U.K., Canada, Australia, South Africa, and Europe. Entries consider each breed's background, development, and physical and temperamental characteristics. This section also includes a discussion of unofficial breeds and consideration of mongrels. The section entitled "You and Your Dog" considers choosing a dog, hygiene, canine psychology, and training. The fifth area discusses a dog's anatomy, physiology, and medical care. The final section has information on international kennel clubs and show criteria and competition. The book concludes with a glossary and an index.
Compared with the 1989 revised edition, the jagdterrier has been dropped and the Jack Russell terrier and shar-pei have been added; the information on the Shetland sheepdog has been shortened. The Jack Russell terrier and shar-pei were listed in the 1989 edition under "Unofficial Breeds"; the former is still not recognized by the American Kennel Club. British spelling continues to be used. Measurements are in metric and imperial. The format and the color drawings and photographs of dogs are attractive.
This easy-to-use reference will be helpful to those deciding on a dog and to dog owners, although those who want to show dogs will need to consult the American Kennel Club's Complete Dog Book [RBB O 15 92].
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The anatomical description and the philological trip into the personality of the breed gives a hint into the mood and whims of all the family branches of Cats either big or small, domestic or wild.
It is a good primer and an interesting read.
It makes it as a Coffee table and a reference Book.
I find it a good read and can recommend it for everyone as a reading choice.
As far as the book goes, it is very detailed, with all sorts of cat breeds and individual qualities and charachteristics of cats. History of cats, and how to care for your cats.
I bought her another book similar to this one for Christmas as well, because like any man, I waited until the last minute to buy it off Amazon and it didn't come in until after Christmas.
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It's filled with many great cat pictures and illustrations, along with easy-to-read text.Read more