Beautiful Dogs

Beautiful Dogs

by Carolyn Menteith
     
 

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Sit? Rollover? Beg? There'll be no crowd-pleasing tricks performed by the canine beauties on these pages, as their stunning portraits are enough to arrest your attention.  Featuring 40 of the world's most-loved and unique pedigrees, from the French Bulldog to the English Cocker, the German Shepherd to the Alaskan Malamute, Beautiful Dogs showcases man

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Sit? Rollover? Beg? There'll be no crowd-pleasing tricks performed by the canine beauties on these pages, as their stunning portraits are enough to arrest your attention.  Featuring 40 of the world's most-loved and unique pedigrees, from the French Bulldog to the English Cocker, the German Shepherd to the Alaskan Malamute, Beautiful Dogs showcases man's best friend as you've never seen him before. Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, covering such information as physical attributes, origins, and uses. An illuminating introduction also explores the history of the dog as faithful companion, working animal, and show-stopping pedigree, while delightful reportage photography offers a glimpse of the stars as they prepare for their moment in front of the photographer's lens.  A coffee-table book that will delight and astound in equal measure, Beautiful Dogs is the perfect gift for lovers of all things canine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782400752
Publisher:
Ivy Press
Publication date:
10/31/2013
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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For over fifteen thousand years, dogs have been invaluable companions to humans. They have played a fundamental part in the growth of our civilization, and as a result have earned the title of ‘man’s best friend’. No other two species share the relationship that dogs and humans have. This symbiotic partnership has covered everything from providing friendship to working together, whether that work might be hunting, herding, guarding or any one of a whole host of other tasks where the dog has proved its worth.

Their versatility has led to them still playing a vital role in modern life. As the traditional jobs that dogs have performed have died out, they have adapted to modern life and new roles. They work as assistance dogs for the disabled, search out explosives, drugs or missing persons, give warning of impending seizures and even detect some forms of cancer. Dogs can and often do save lives.

In Beautiful Dogs, we celebrate dogs in a few of their numerous forms. Some of the dogs presented here are champion show dogs, while others are much-loved companions. Each photograph shows a different breed, developed in the past by humans or by circumstances to do a specific job – and now, with the advent of the show ring, to have a particular appearance.

Each dog featured in the book comes with a description of the breed’s history, where it originated and what it was originally bred to do. Nowadays, most purebred dogs are bred for the show ring or, far more often, as companions and family dogs. In many cases, their working relatives still continue in their original roles, but few of these find their way into the world of dog shows.

To fully appreciate the beauty of dogs, you need to see how they move, discover their personalities and share their enthusiasm for life in order to understand just why they hold such a special place in so many people’s hearts and lives – and I hope this book will inspire you to do just that. Enjoy discovering in this book a small sample of the world’s many varied dog breeds – from the common to the rare, from the hunter to the companion, from the silky to the dreadlocked – but all of them beautiful.

Meet the Author


Carolyn Menteith is qualified dog trainer and behavior expert with over 20 years' experience of working professionally with animals. She regularly presents TV and radio programmes in the UK. She works with dog welfare organizations all around thw world, and has already written several books on dog behaviour and training and runs a website www.dogtalk.co.uk.  Carolyn works with and advises the UK Dogs Trust and Kennel Club.

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