Jackson (Dog Breeding, Trafalgar Square, 1995) has attempted to provide a comprehensive dictionary of canine terminology. He has been active in dog activities for over 40 years and is also a journalist for several leading British dog publications. He includes over 15,000 terms arranged in typical dictionary format. Cross references and related terms are given, and there are accompanying illustrations. Although Jackson has included vocabularies from Britain, Australia, and the United States, he has a definite British focus that diminishes some of the usefuless of his book for American audiences. Definitions are brief, with most being just a phrase or a sentence or two. Such brevity sometimes plants more questions in the reader's mind. For example, the definition of "hip dysplasia" is inadequate for the complexity of the condition. Some terms are missing that should have been included, e.g., OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). Overall, the author has done a fine job of collecting the jargon characteristic of the dog scene. An extensive bibliography is included, but the focus, again, is decidedly British. The price is a little steep for the information provided. An alternative purchase that provides more depth and an American focus is Canine Lexicon by Andrew De Prisco (T.F.H. Pubns., 1993).-Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Wis.
This first comprehensive dictionary of terms relating to dogs contains more than 15,000 entries, often supplemented with explanatory line drawings. In attempting to define and demystify this extensive vocabulary, Jackson includes variations used in Britain, Australia, and the U.S. In addition, ancient and sometimes obsolete jargon is included, such as "bear baiters". There are entries for breeds, and veterinary and grooming terms. The author, a British journalist, breeder, and sportsman, is interested and involved in all matters canine. His other books include a history of a British dog show and "Dog Breeding" (Crowood, 1994)
Entries do not provide pronunciation or etymology. Some have illustrative quotations that are linked to the extensive bibliography. Easy to use and packed with facts, buy where interest is high. "Canine Lexicon" ["RBB" My 1 93] is more of an encyclopedia than a dictionary and has color photographs.