Hairless Dogs - The Naked Truth (The Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli and Peruvian Inca Orchid)

Hairless Dogs - The Naked Truth (The Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli and Peruvian Inca Orchid)

by Amy Fernandez, Kelly Rhae
     
 
Hairless Dogs - The Naked Truth (The Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli & Peruvian Inca Orchid) is the first-ever breed book of its kind that provides information about all modern day hairless dogs (including the American Hairless Terrier). There is also a chapter devoted to other hairless animals, such as the Sphynx cat, naked mole rat & hairless cow. The Naked

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Hairless Dogs - The Naked Truth (The Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli & Peruvian Inca Orchid) is the first-ever breed book of its kind that provides information about all modern day hairless dogs (including the American Hairless Terrier). There is also a chapter devoted to other hairless animals, such as the Sphynx cat, naked mole rat & hairless cow. The Naked Truth is the definitive guide to the care, breeding, and history of hairless dogs. Well researched and meticulously documented, this book will once and for all put to rest the many myths & legends surrounding these curious canine companions. Archaeological evidence is presented tracing the history of hairless dogs from their ancient origins to their present day incarnations. Full of fascinating details, this unique book provides an in depth look at the genetics of hairlessness (dominant & recessive), its perpetuation through selective breeding, and the development of the four officially recognized hairless breeds of today. Discussion of foundation kennels, pedigrees, breed standards and numerous rare, historical photographs make this book an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in hairless dogs. With the publication of Hairless Dogs � The Naked Truth, the authors hope to fill a growing need for factual information on hairless dogs and dispel the myths surrounding them. To that end, the scope of the book has been purposely limited to information that has been carefully researched and verified. As a result, the authors are proud to present the most comprehensive exploration of hairless dog ancient and modern history ever written. The 8.5 x 11 hardcover book is 276 pages with 400 photographs & illustrations, including a 32 page color section. It has an in depth reference section which includes worldwide hairless breed club addresses (including internet and email addresses where available), a very extensive glossary, index and impressive bibliography of sources. For any prospective show or pet owner contemplating life with a hairless dog, or the seasoned professional currently owned by one (or many, as the case may be). If you have an interest in hairless dogs, their history, genetics, conformation and so on, you'll want to know The Naked Truth!!

Editorial Reviews

James G. Reynolds
Hairless Dogs - The Naked Truth by Fernandez and Rhae is a unique and erudite publication with the world of canine literature. In the introduction, Victor Joris promises the reader 'the most definitive and comprehensive history of hairless breeds ever written,' and the authors live up to this claim. Probably the most impressive factor about the book is the superb research and documentation. The authors take us for an interesting walk through the old myths and legends behind the breeds and then, through painstaking, exhaustive research and documentation, bring us the reality of the breeds. The juxtaposition of historical documentation with Darwinian theory provides fascinating insights into hairless breeds. Not that this is a 'dry as dust' historical tome; rather it is a well-written authenticated story reflecting the determination and accidents that have made the Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli and Peruvian Inca Orchid Dog what they are today. Tremendous use is made of pictures and drawings, in lovely colour and black-and-white plates, that clearly show the development of the breeds and offer interesting viewpoints on their development. The section on the Xolos was particularly interesting to this reviewer as it paid tribute to the Contessa Lascelles de Primo Real - Lassie to her friends - who was so instrumental in reviving the breed. The Contessa grew up in the Montreal area and it was my pleasure to visit her home and kennel in Mexico. From a judge's viewpoint, the inclusion of the various breed standards and their evolution over the years should be compulsory reading. To anyone who wants to be considered a breeder, the extended pedigrees are a must. This work should provide interesting reading for anyone interesting in breeding purebred dogs. Frequently, breed books are rather superficial, concentrating more on favourite kennels and dogs rather than examining the roots of the breed and its development in any historical or scientific milieu. By applying many of the issues raised in this book to your own breed, you can develop into a more informed breeder. One of the most telling points the authors make is that 'natural selection is opportunistic not directional.' Their work reflects the impact of highly successful breeders to add direction to the promotion of specific breeds.
— Dogs in Canada Magazine
Ranny Green
While the title certainly teases you, what�s inside is an absorbing portrait framed in a densely packed narrative of three of the world�s most distinctive-looking breeds. Both authors approach their subject with a zest and a cutting-edge knowledge. Fernandez, of Forest Hills, NY, became involved with hairless breeds in 1981, purchasing a Chinese Crested. It wasn't long before she bought a Xolo, at a rare-breed show, which really hooked her. In the 19 years she has bred hairless dogs, her kennel has produced 100 title holders worldwide. Outside the kennel, Fernandez is a painter and illustrator, specializing in pet portraits. Rhae, of Woodinville, a senior applications developer at Microsoft, has been involved in showing Cresteds most of the '90s. Hairless Dogs will quickly become accepted as the definitive resource for these breeds. While it addresses myths and legend, history, genetics, breed management and care and concludes with a thorough reference section, the text is complemented with a superb balance of photos.
Seattle Times
Suzanne Hively
Hairless breeds get coverage: If you are curious about the way hairless animals -particularly the Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli, Peruvian Inca Orchid, American Hairless Terrier and Sphynx cats -- developed over the centuries, you will want to read Hairless Dogs - The Naked Truth by Amy Fernandez and Kelly Rhae. But if you are interested in owning, showing or breeding hairless breeds, this book is a 'must read'. Fernandez, who has been breeding Xolos and Chinese Cresteds for 18 years, along with Rhae, who became interested in hairless dogs more recently, have done a tremendous amount of research, tracking these breeds through the centuries and around the world. Old-time pedigrees and portraits featured in the book are invaluable to fanciers. The authors profile dogs of the breeers who influenced the development of the breeds in this country and others. Fernandez's dogs are featured in many of the photos. But with her accomplishments in showing and breeding, she has earned the right to be there. Discussions about genetics and health dispel many of the popular myths about hairless breeds. Don't start reading if you have only a few minutes to spare. You won't want to put the book down. Fernandez and Rhae did a professional job of self-publishing this hardcover book.
The Plain Dealer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967216010
Publisher:
Kelly Rhae
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
276

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