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For the Love of Golden Retrievers HardCover Book Hardcover – September 1, 1998

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If you collect books on Golden Retrievers, here [is one] that you will want to add to your library. [It] will add a new dimension to your understanding of the Golden, and [is] just plain fun to read. [It] will also make a good gift for both current and prospective Golden owners. For the Love of Golden Retrievers is primarily a photo essay; there is text, but it is the photographs that will capture your heart. My favorite may be the Golden being paddled down the river in a canoe, but the beautiful backlit picture of a wet Golden shaking itself, with the water flying everywhere, is a close second. The photographs are by various professional photographers, and the reproductions are outstanding. None of the individual dogs is identified; they are your dog, my dog, every dog. The text recounts the history of the Golden Retriever and its development by Lord Tweedmouth. As Hutchinson points out, "Breeding was, furthermore, an endeavor that heartily recommended itself to men whose privilege and assurance of innate superiority depended on their own pedigrees. In the class society that was England, nothing was more ostentatiously English than hunting and breeding. Far from being an idle hobby, Lord Tweedmouth's yellow retriever breeding program at Guisachan was a serious and timely affirmation of aristocratic taste and prerogative." -- Barbara Branstad, co-author of Retriever Working Certificate Training and exhibitor of Goldens, - AKC Gazette, May 1999

This is a special prize of a book. On one hand, it contains spectacular color photos from several renowned pet photographers, such as Mark Raycroft, Donna Dannen, and Alan & Sandy Carey. But it also details the history of the Golden Retriever from an author who has spent several years as a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History. -- Rochelle Lesser, Webmaster - Land of Gold Webpage, Spring 1999

About the Author

ROBERT HUTCHINSON is the author of many critically acclaimed books on the natural and social history of dog breeds. He was a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and studied paleontology at Columbia University.

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Product Details

  • Series: For the Love of
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Browntrout Publishers; First Edition edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563139014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563139017
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,658,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a pleasure to read, because it not only contains beautiful full-page, color calendar-quality photos of Goldens, but also gives the history of the breed as it became differentiated from other retriever breeds. The author has carefully documented the early geneology of the breed, and describes the scientific rationale for the program of inbreeding, line-breeding and outcrossing which established the breed characteristics. It was a real treat to find such depth of explanation presented so clearly. Experienced breeders as well as newcomers to the fancy will enjoy and learn from this book.
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not what I was looking for. I wanted a story of a Golden Retriever to read. This wasn't it. Good information about Retrievers though.
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