The Encyclopedia of the Dog

The Encyclopedia of the Dog

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by Bruce Fogle

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With detailed descriptions of more than 400 breeds of dogs from around the world, an entertaining look at canines throughout history, and invaluable practical advice, The Encyclopedia of the Dog is the most comprehensive exploration of the dog world ever published.  See more details below


With detailed descriptions of more than 400 breeds of dogs from around the world, an entertaining look at canines throughout history, and invaluable practical advice, The Encyclopedia of the Dog is the most comprehensive exploration of the dog world ever published.

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Library Journal
Here are two exceptional new titles in the dog encyclopedia category. Superb illustrations of every conceivable common and uncommon breed are the main focus of these books, designed to take the reader on a photographic tour of the dog world. Fogle (ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual, LJ 6/1/93; The Dog's Mind, LJ 12/92) is an acknowledged animal behavior expert. Because of his vast experience as a practicing veterinarian, Fogle is able to provide his readers with more practical insight. His book includes brief but informative sections on the development and evolution of the dog, dogs and humans (i.e., folklore, art, sports), structure and physiology, communication and behavior, and care (health, feeding, grooming, travel, and behavior problems). Readers wanting further information are referred to Fogle's other books for more details. As expected, the sections on the various breeds dominate. The categories chosen are admittedly arbitrary and unlike those used in similar titles: primitive, sight hounds, scent hounds, spitz type, terrier, gundog, livestock, companion, and random bred. Multiple outstanding photographs accompany half-page to full-page descriptions of the over 400 breeds featured. Legacy of the Dog covers fewer breeds (about 200) but is better organized. The table of contents lists seven standard categories (herding, working, sporting, hound, terrier, toy, nonsporting) and an alphabetical list of the breeds included in each category. There is a brief discussion of the history of domestic dogs, which include the characteristics of the groups chosen. Group charts display all the breeds listed in each group, making comparison very easy. Most breeds have a double-page spread with exceptional photographs (taken by the author over a three-year period) and very brief descriptions. Since Yamazaki is a photographer and not a vet, his book's emphasis is obviously on photography. One also questions some of Yamazaki's observations on the breeds themselves. For example, in a discussion of Border Collies, he remarks that "it is also well suited as a household pet," a statement that Fogle disputes. Both titles are highly recommended for the quality and quantity of photos. However, Fogle may be more accurate in his observations, and if you can purchase only one title, it should be his.Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Brookfield, Wis.
For public libraries, and the dog-lovers on your Christmas list, a beautifully designed and illustrated guide that describes over 400 breeds (with photos and text), and presents general information about dog development, psychology, and care. No bibliography. 10x11.75" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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The cover claims that this is "the most comprehensive illustrated guide to the canine world, featuring more than 400 breeds and varieties." Introductory chapters cover dog history, their relationships with humans, physiology, socialization, and care. By far the longest and most valuable part of the book is the section on dog breeds, which is more than 200 pages and describes more than 400 types (not necessarily AKC-recognized). Breeds are organized in an international standard classification using eight categories based on physical characteristics, origin, and behavior Each entry has at least two or three large, clear photos (full face and side view of the whole body), with up to six shots to illustrate particular features ("dark-pigmented lower lips droop naturally" on a golden retriever). Text is concise; just a paragraph on breed history and then a few sentences describing highlights such as the dog's geographic limits or how to distinguish it from similar breeds. The "Key Facts" box for each summarizes the breed's country and date of origin, its first use (puffin hunting, sheep herding, farm ratting) and use today (companion, watchdog, gundog), life expectancy, other names, and height and weight ranges. Coat-color boxes as well as graphic symbols provide information on appearance, obedience training, exercise, and grooming requirements; suitability for homes with children and other animals; and climatic extremes The book is as visually appealing as other Dorling-Kindersley titles, such as "The Encyclopedia of the Horse" ["RBB" D 1 94]. Coverage with much more text, but far fewer illustrations, and emphasizing AKC criteria and competition may be found in "T.F.H.'s Atlas of Dog Breeds" (1989) and "AKC's Complete Dog Book" (1992) With so much information packed into an easy-to-use format, minor weaknesses can be overlooked. For example, popular names are rarely indexed (the continental toy spaniel is not listed for "papillon" or "phalene"), and the text is occasionally repetitive. However, this will be a useful reference and browsing volume for most public and school libraries.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love looking at this book! It has lots of useful information, and great photographs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book is the bomb and it has everything you want to know about dogs and any kind of breed. Buy it today! I give this book five stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is one of the best dog books out in the market. If I could rate higher, I'd give this book ten trillion stars. I also think this book can get people interested in the origon and history of the dog, maybe even buy one from this book. And for the price of $32.00, this book is worth every pennie, I myself would pay at least $18 dollers more. That is how good this book is.
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This book is an exceptional resource. It contains many pictures of each breed as well factual information including breed history. It is highly recommended.
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This is a great book for finding the breed(s) of your mystery do or for just exploring the different dog breeds of the world. I sat for hours reading through this interesting book, learning proper dog care. Yeah, Baby!