The Complete Dog Book: 20th Edition
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Rating: 4.9

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(4.9 out of 5, based on 20 reviews)

There's the Scottish Terrier ("an earth dog used in hunting the fox and the brocke"), the Boston Terrier ("a lively, highly intelligent, smooth coated, short-headed, compactly built, short- tailed, well balanced dog"), or the Great Dane ("one of the most elegant and distinguished varieties of giant-type dog"). In fact, there are 146 AKC-recognized breeds profiled within the pages of the Complete Dog Book, and the pictures and text provide great bowser browsing. The breed descriptions help you choose among the hounds, terriers, toys, and working breeds, the herders, guard dogs, and sporting breeds. Measurements help determine which dogs will best fit your abode (Chesapeake Bay Retrievers measure 21 to 26 inches high at the shoulder, Chinese Cresteds are a mere 11 to 13 inches off the ground, while the Irish Wolfhound stands 30 to 32 inches tall), breed temperaments help you choose your ideal pet, and show criteria help you know what you're looking for when you actually start to shop for a pup. In the meantime, there are interesting stories about breed origins, and a useful glossary of dog terms, while the chapters on grooming, training, and Canine Health and First Aid will come in handy once you've brought your new dog home. --Stephanie Gold
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Dennis S.
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Rating: 5

Every shelter should have one

posted 5 years ago

A great book to keep handy, 1st for information about bred characteristics and 2nd to help try and identify those mixed breeds with mixed up blood lines.

Pros: Informative

Cons: Should have more breeds

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sally r.
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Rating: 5

Great book to keep on hand

posted 5 years ago

This is a fantastic book that keeps on giving. It's especially great if you have a mixed breed. It explains what each breed was intended to do and will help answer questions about WHY your dog does something.

Pros: Gives you needed info on all dogs

Cons: NONE

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