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Cat Breeds Of The World [Hardcover]

Desmond Morris
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May 10 1999
Here is the bible of pure cat breeds--spanning eight millennia and the entire globe--from one of the world's best known authorities.

From neolithic farm cats to ancient Egypt's feline deities to modern house pets, and from the first cat show in 1598 (with prizes for the best ratter and the best mouser) to the high-tone competitive exhibitions that began in the Victorian era, the domestication of the African wild cat has produced a superb, intriguing spectrum of creatures. With the wit, style, and erudition that made international bestsellers of his Catwatching and Catlore, Desmond Morris here details all 100 breeds: both the long-established and the exotic newcomers, from tough European shorthairs to delicate, slender, hot-country Orientals. Cat Breeds of the World brims with authoritative and entertaining information on each breed's history, myths, and legends (who knew there were nine possible explanations of the Persian Cat's origins?); its appearance, special features, and personality; and lists of color forms and breed clubs. Supplementary chapters cover experimental--often controversial--breeds, coat colors and patterns, feline anatomy, terminology, and cat societies. Illustrated with full-color photographs by leading cat photographers, this is the definitive reference for cat professionals and owners of pedigree felines, and a magnificent gift for every last cat addict.

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I have almost all books by Desmond Morris in regard to cats and dogs in my library and would not part with any of them. This one is no exception and makes a great coffee table book. The information found here is just as implied - info on a vast variety of cats from around the world. There are many other similar books available but few as complete. For those contemplating the purchase of a cat and not sure what type is right for you, this book is a terrific place to start. The book provides a history of various breeds of cats and the characteristics of each individual breed. Any lover of the feline world will not want to miss this beautiful, informative book.
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A wonderful and resourseful book with absolutely glorious pictures. Desmond Morris has given the most detailed history of our rare breed, the Turkish Van cat, that I have found anywhere. A joy to curl up with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! Buy March 31 2011
By Jean
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This was an amazing buy - book plus postage - less than $10

This book is a discarded library book, is in excellent condition, still has the library cover on it.

Has great pictures which is what I wanted it for, and has a history of all of the breeds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF THE AUTHOR IS DESMOND MORRIS, ITS A GREAT BOOK! Aug. 1 2001
By Sandra D. Peters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have almost all books by Desmond Morris in regard to cats and dogs in my library and would not part with any of them. This one is no exception and makes a great coffee table book. The information found here is just as implied - info on a vast variety of cats from around the world. There are many other similar books available but few as complete. For those contemplating the purchase of a cat and not sure what type is right for you, this book is a terrific place to start. The book provides a history of various breeds of cats and the characteristics of each individual breed. Any lover of the feline world will not want to miss this beautiful, informative book.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Breeds of the World : A Complete Illustrated Encyclopedi May 27 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A wonderful and resourseful book with absolutely glorious pictures. Desmond Morris has given the most detailed history of our rare breed, the Turkish Van cat, that I have found anywhere. A joy to curl up with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great info, but lacking some extras. Oct. 13 2007
By B. K. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has good background information on the history of several breeds of cats. It also has an informative section on coat colors and patterns and types of cats and why they are classafied as they are in the cat show world. The breed photographs are also stunning, as a whole.

That said, there are four reasons that I did not give this book 5 stars.
1. The breed information, other than history, reads pretty much like a written standard or description. There was not much information at all on individual breed personalities, etc.
2. There were not that many photos of each breed 1-2 on average.
3. There were no photographs to illustrate the different coat colors and patterns (in the back of the book).
4. Some of the breed photographs and a good bit of the classification information pertained primarilly to british-style cats. i.e. the "asian" grouping and the phtographs of the havanah brown and russian blue were definately British. I do not have a problem with that alone, but I think that it would have been quite informative to have photographs of British and American style cats from the same breeds.

Some things this book did have that I was surprised to find:
1. Information on grouping of cats in cat shows.
2. Listing of clubs that recognize each breed and color variations each club recognizes.
3. Information on breed-specific cat clubs.
4. Alternate breed history myths/stories.

All in all, a good reference book that could do double duty as a coffee-table book. However, I would not reccommend it as a resource when picking a breed of cat due to the lack of temperment information and number of breed photos, etc. It would, however, make an excellent addition to your collection if you want to learn more about the history of your particular breed.
5.0 out of 5 stars cats are wonderful May 9 2013
By L. LIvingston - Published on Amazon.com
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learned things I never knew about the breeds and their origins.It's a large book, which I love, although it's hard to juggle it if you have a cat that insists on reading with you.
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book. I regret giving it away Aug. 20 2014
By joey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the best cat books ever too be made.
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