Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds

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Barron's Educational Series, 1998 - Pets - 328 pages
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Here in one volume is virtually everything a prospective dog buyer needs to know, as well as clear & detailed information on canines for all dog owners & dog fanciers. Opening sections discuss breed evolution & point out the many physical & behavioral traits that make dog breeds different. The main section of this volume profiles nearly 150 breeds, arranged by AKC groups. Each breed profile tells how & why the breed was developed, & how selection for certain characteristics affects the dog's suitability as a pet. There is also valuable information on traits a prospective buyer should look for when choosing the breed. These include the breed's general health & vulnerability to specific health problems, longevity, exercise needs, activity level, compatibility with children & other animals, grooming needs, tendency toward obedience, watchdog aptitude, key conformation points, & others. This book contains a wealth of photos & line art in color & in black-&-white. It's a volume that deserves a place on the shelf of every dog fancier, veterinarian, breeder, & dog owner. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer who has been showing dogs since 1974. In 1965 she was named "Handler of the Year" by the American Saluki Association, & one of her Salukis was named "Dog of the Year." She is author of eight of Barron's Pet Owner's Manuals on various dog breeds.

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User Review  - Unkletom - LibraryThing

This is an excellent reference as to the strengths, weaknesses and temperament of many dog breeds. I relied on it heavily while deciding what dog I wanted to get and I'm very happy with the result. Read full review

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User Review  - L Harden - Borders

Wonderful Reference for dog owners and those who are looking to add a dog to their home. Very informative on breed standards, temperament, upkeep, and health. The pictures are great. Read full review

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D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic dog breeder and exhibitor. She is the author of 17 dog books and many dog-related magazine articles.

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