The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

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9780135135549: The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog With detailed descriptions of more then 420 breeds and varieties of dogs from around the world, an entertaining look at canines throughout history, and invaluable practical advice, The New Encyclopedia of the Dog is the most comprehensive exploration of the canine world ever published. Visual Breed Guide: Specially commissioned, full-color photographs bring to life the delightful variety of the canine community. In these pages, you will find not only familiar breeds such as the Labrador Retriever and the Yorkshire Terrier, but also rarities such as the Kyi Leo and the Prazsky Krysavik (the world's smallest dog), as well as experimental crossbreeds like the Labradoodle and Cockerpoo. Each portrait is accompanied by an authoritative biography of the breed, including its place of origin, historical development, main physical features, and temperament. Complete History: From how dogs evolved from wolves, through the story of their domestication by early humans, to their roles today as comforting friends, workers, and companions in sport, Bruce Fogle illuminates why dogs have achieved a place of honor in the human community. He traces the special position of canines in human history, as well as presenting essential practical information on choosing and caring for a dog. His thorough discussions of canine anatomy (illustrated with diagrams and photographs), behavior, and psychology offer insights into the way dogs learn, and how they see the world around them. For those who can never get enough canine trivia, the author traces the evolution of dogs from wolves to our domesticated side-kicks. Fascinating facts on dogs in art, literature, folklore and religion abound. The New Encyclopedia of the Dog is the ultimate compendium for serious dog lovers.

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It's important to choose our friends wisely, and relationships with man's best friend require a special kind of wisdom. Renowned veterinarian Bruce Fogle (Natural Dog Care) has compiled over 400 pages of helpful advice concerning canine companions, and those looking to learn more about their favorite breeds need look no further. The New Encyclopedia of the Dog's six chapters are filled with gorgeous photos illustrating dogs of all ages from every breed imaginable. While the majority of the book is devoted to explanations of specific breeds, five short chapters provide information on evolution, domestication, health and anatomy, communication, and the roles dogs have played in recent human history. With historical photographs of tapestries, ceramics, and movie posters, as well as intricate diagrams of canine anatomy and charts outlining proper health care, these chapters provide great material for middle-school research papers or science-fair projects.

The 310 pages that fall within the "Domestic Dog Breed" chapter are further divided into nine categories of dogs that range from fascinating primitives to hard-working livestock and guarding dogs. Each breed has multiple photos, both as an adult and a puppy, and a standard set of information that includes size, weight, life expectancy, date and country of origin, and AKC registration. A few simple icons, explained in this chapter's introduction, provide you with information at a glance--when learning about new breeds, you'll know right away if the dog requires extensive grooming and plenty of exercise, or is suitable for small children and city dwelling. From the popular golden retriever to the exotic xoloitzcuintli, the perfect pooches in these photos would melt even the heart of Cruella DeVille. --Jill Lightner

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Bruce Fogle, DVM is a well-known expert on animal behavior. He lectures throughout the world and frequently appears on television and radio. Dr. Fogle is the author of the widely acclaimed Dorling Kindersley titles The ASPCA Complete Cat and The ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual.

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