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The Dog Breed Bible: Descriptions and Photos of Every Breed Recognized by the AKC [Spiral-bound]

D. Caroline Coile Ph.D.
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Book Description

April 1 2007
This heavily illustrated directory describes every canine breed recognized by the AKC. It includes recently recognized breeds, such as the Norwegian Buhund, the Pyrenean Shepherd, and the Swedish Vallhund. A succinct description of each dog cites its origins, its physical and temperamental traits, its average life span, all major health concerns, and its special needs, such as training, grooming, exercise, and adaptability to specific environments. A color photo shows an example of each breed in its show pose and an adjoining photo provides a detailed head shot. Written by an expert on dog breeds, this spiral-bound book packs a wealth of information in a manageable size. It will serve as a handy guide for prospective dog purchasers, as well as trainers and breeders. Attractive and easy-to-use charts summarize the ease of care for each breed.

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"Lhasa apsos, terriers, and beagles, oh my! Entries are consistent in coverage and design, making it easy to compare breeds. This small, spiral-bound book is perfect for circulating or reference collections in school and public libraries."

Booklist, January 1 & 15, 2008

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Every AKC-recognized breed described:

  • Origins
  • Physical traits
  • Temperament
  • Average life span
  • Breed-specific health concerns
  • Training and exercise
  • Grooming needs . . . and more

    Several newly-recognized breeds described
    Vivid color photos of all breeds

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    3.0 out of 5 stars It is nicely produced however July 3 2014
    If this is a "bible" it is definitely an abridged version - it is missing a number of established breeds (ironically, some I specifically wanted to read up on!). It is nicely produced however.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Dog Bible Nov. 5 2013
    By PussNboots TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
    this book I got had the information in it that I was looking for..
    very good book..I liked it very much
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Dog Breed Bible Nov. 28 2009
    I am taking a dog training course and need to know the AKC dogs. Breeds, charactaristics, what they look like.
    It is like a quick reference guide to The Complete Dog book. Love it.
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    30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality March 5 2009
    By citywulf - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
    The one good point of this book is that it includes all the AKC breeds (as of the date of publication). However, that doesn't overcome its flaws. The biggest problem is the pictures - they are small, poor quality, taken at odd angles that cause distortion, and often don't look much like the supposed breed. I unfortunately have had 2 copies (1 arrived damanged and the seller replaced it rather than refunding, as I requested). The spiral binding on both was stiff and squeaky. The text is standard fare.

    A better choice, sadly out of print but still available used, is The Dog Breed Handbook: The Complete Reference From Afgans to Zande Dogs. I also enjoy What Dog? A Guide to Help New Owners Select the Right Breed for Their Lifestyle (What Pet Books?) for its honest presentation of breed traits and multiple gorgeous photos.
    23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, concise, basic information March 11 2008
    By Cherubim - Published on Amazon.com
    Sturdy, spiral bound features one breed per page and covers basic information on origin, temperament, upkeep and health. Each breed is rated from 1 to 5 on energy level, exercise requirements, playfulness, affection level, friendliness toward other pets, friendliness toward strangers, ease of training and grooming requirements. A color photo of the head and side view of each breed is included.
    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great photos and lots of dog breeds covered June 12 2008
    By Hello Kitty Ellen - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
    I like that this book is easy to breeze through. Each dog breed is listed on a separate, glossy page and the book is set up with a spiral binder. It's better than other dog breed books in being aimed at the consumer who just wants to pick out a breed to buy, not to show. I thought it could go even further in its info about the positives and negatives of each breed as a family pet, for instance, known to bark a lot or being too active for the average suburban household. It briefly touches on these issues. Also, more info on the grooming needs would be good. It says how often to groom but doesn't explain fully if they mean take it to a groomer or do it yourself, and how much this would cost. Some of the possible diseases that each breed can be susceptible to are listed, but no info is given on the illnesses (fatal? possible cures? how often does it occur?). It does show lots of breeds, so that's nice.
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Reference Excellence About Dogs July 27 2008
    By Jose R. Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
    We have been doing dog breeds reserach, and this book just have it all. Use it, is easy and complete.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars In a word: a disapointment Jan. 7 2014
    By Efrat Rothfeld - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    the book is in hard cover and inside looks like a spiral binder which is easy to leaf through. But the information on each breed is very short and I found it lacking in depth. Even a general guide could invest in a bit more information about the breeds. I have a similar book about cat breeds which is so much more informative about the temperament of each breed, grooming requirements etc. I would have liked to have more photos and more than just minimal information.
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