Canine Lexicon

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Library Journal
This attractive and ambitious volume has many excellent attributes, which serve to make its shortcomings extremely frustrating. The information on the various breeds and allied species is fascinating. In addition to the familiar breeds, coverage includes such rarities as the Korean Jindo and the Cane Corso the latter for some reason listed here under Sicilian Branchiero, which are not included in Bonnie Wilcox and Chris Walkowicz's Atlas of Dog Breeds , 3d ed. see ``Grooming Your Pet Care Collection,'' LJ 2/1/93, p. 49-53 but which are found in limited numbers in the United States. There are a number of errors, especially in the captions. The dog pictured with Nancy Reagan, for instance, is her Bouvier puppy, a herding dog, not a ``terrier.'' As a lexicon, this reference falls short in some surprising ways. While there are entries of varying depth in a wide variety of fields, many important terms that patrons may find on the pedigrees of purebred dogs are left out or given short shrift. Where, for instance, are Register of Merit ROM, Herding Certified HC, Senior Hunter SH, Canine Good Citizen CGC, or Certificate of Gameness CG? Why is there only one sentence on CERF Canine Eye Registry Foundation, an acronym now found on American Kennel Club AKC registration papers for puppies whose parents have been certified clear of inheritable eye diseases? And the authors just can't restrain themselves from plugging a certain nylon bone coincidentally made by another branch of the company publishing this book. With more research and careful editing, a second edition of this could be a winner. For now, withhold the ribbon--it doesn't meet the standard.-- Jennifer King, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Marlboro, N.J.
Zom Zoms
Although a cat now resides in the White House, the dog remains a loyal friend and a hardworking assistant. Whether herding sheep or cattle, searching for lost skiers, assisting disabled people, or providing unconditional friendship, dogs play important roles in everyday life. Selecting the right dog and caring for it are major commitments, and people often seek information at the library "Canine Lexicon" was prepared by the authors of "The Mini-Atlas of Dog Breeds", which "RBB" evaluated as an especially useful pet-selection tool ["RBB" D 1 90]. This new title provides a one-volume overview of all topics relating to dogs. It offers an alphabetical listing of breeds "Abyssinian Sand dog", "Dogue de Bordeaux", anatomical terms "gay tail", "heart", articles on the dog world "agility trials", "choosing a dog", organizations and abbreviations "American Kennel Club," "A.V.M.A", and dog care "grooming", "nutrition". Unlike most dog books, this one includes an article on mixed breeds "mongrels". Entries range in length from a few lines to several pages; "see" references appear when appropriate. The work is lavishly illustrated with 1,300 full-color photographs that enhance the text and illustrate the diversity of the species "Canine Lexicon" is similar in scope to the American Kennel Club's "Complete Dog Book" ["RBB" O 15 92]. The latter has only a few full-color plates but offers detailed charts of such anatomical characteristics as tail and eye types and facial shapes. While its coverage emphasizes only the 134 purebreds recognized by the A.K.C. and the breed standards for competition, it costs less $27.50 than the work under review. "The Ultimate Dog Book," by David Taylor Simon & Schuster, 1992, offers greater detail on various aspects of dog care but less comprehensive coverage of different breeds. Another TFH publication, the "Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World" ["RBB" S 15 89], covers all the breeds and includes full-page color pictures but does not provide information about care and training. Libraries with large collections or high demand for information about dogs may want all these books. Libraries with small budgets or more basic collections would do well to select either "Canine Lexicon" or "The Complete Dog Book", along with "The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," by veterinarian Delbert G. Carson and medical doctor James M. Giffin rev. ed., Howell, 1992.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780866221986
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1993
  • Pages: 896
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.73 (d)

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