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The Perfect Match: A Dog Buyer's Guide [Paperback]

Chris Walkowicz
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Sept. 1 1996 Howell reference books
This book is a must for anyone considering a canine addition to the family. Nearly 150 breeds are presented with a full photo for each and a complete checklist including personality and physical characteristics, as well as both possitive and negative attributes. Never before has there been such depth of truth and authority collected in one comprehensive volume.

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Choosing the Ideal Canine Companion Has Never Been Easier! If you are considering a canine addition to the family, The Perfect Match is the perfect guide. The most authoritative book of its kind, it is the only one to utilize experts in every breed profiled. Written by Chris Walkowicz, a nationally acknowledged, life-long dog authority, this book is filled with the expertise of those specifically involved with each one of the over 160 breeds included. A photo accompanies every breed outlined, along with a complete checklist including personality and physical characteristics, as well as both positive and negative attributes. Never before has there been the depth of truth and authority that is given here, highlighting each breed's unique qualities along with a look at who should not own the breed. Because this is in the truest sense matchmaking, The Perfect Match provides a broad spectrum of in-depth information for each breed in a user-friendly format, including:
  • grooming requirements
  • activity level
  • life expectancy
  • size
  • character
  • shedding
  • whether good with children
  • genetic health
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

About the Author

Chris Walkowicz has had a lifelong involvement with dogs as a breeder, trainer/behaviorist, lecturer, writer, and now judge of purebred dogs. She is the co-author of Old Dogs, Old Friends, and Successful Dog Breeding.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the author's other book! Aug. 26 2003
Format:Paperback
I rated this book only three stars because the same information, expanded and updated, appears in "Choosing a Dog for Dummies," by the same author. The newer version is worth four or five stars, I believe. Both are easy to use, thanks to the telegraphic evaluations preceding each write-up. Despite there being no color pictures, this is a good reference for the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Indispnsable Book May 26 2003
Format:Paperback
In my years as breeder referral chair for a local kennel club I just about wore out my copy of this book. It has all the pertinent information arranged in chart and narrative form for each breed.
The articles have the ring of veracity. Authors who really know the breeds are telling it like it really is. It is simply the most useful dog book I ever bought, and I have bought many.
John Culleton
Wexford Irish Terriers
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is all surface tension April 15 2003
By Leenie
Format:Paperback
For years I have been trying to find a book to replace, The Right Dog for You, by Daniel F. Tortora, because his book now does not include an number of breeds. I thought The Perfect Match might be the one. What a disappointment. I wanted to learn about the breeds and how they react and interact in their environments. Some breeds have more information, but there are no cautions about puppy mills or the effect they have on the breed. There is no consistent information about heriditary defects, the life-span. This is not a buyers guide, it doesn't give you the information to make the educated decision a buyer of this book is hoping to make. I wish Tortora would write another book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal overview, with photos March 1 2003
Format:Paperback
Great encyclopedia, overview of 150 dog breeds, with B & W photos. Also includes the inherent traits and characteristics of each breed, to help the future owner match their personality to that of their dog. Wish everybody would read this before acquiring a new canine. Arlene Millman, author of BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY (The tale of a remarkable Boston Terrier).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal overview, with photos March 1 2003
Format:Paperback
Great encyclopedia, overview of 150 dog breeds, with B & W photos. Also includes the inherent traits and characteristics of each breed, to help the future owner match their personality to that of their dog. Wish everybody would read this before acquiring a new canine. Arlene Millman, author of BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY (The tale of a remarkable Boston Terrier).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black and White photos Jan. 25 2002
Format:Paperback
Perhaps I should have read the description more closely but I didn't realize that the dog photos were in black and white. Part of the joy of looking at all the different breeds is seeing what they look like. I will be sure my next purchase is a book with color photos.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the "Rare Dog Breed" Enthusiast Oct. 28 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a good book if you are not interested in searching for a rare dog breed. I could find more information on the internet about dog breeds than this book had to offer. Every single dog breed I was interested in was not covered or even mentioned in this book.
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By X
Format:Paperback
Most dog encyclopedias or "pick the best breed for you" books are just photo albums with breed descriptions straight out of the AKC info snippets. They tend to have very little practical info on breeds or their quirks. I dont know where the information came from for this book, but breed after breed I found it right on the money. Having worked as a veterinary kennelworker for 3 years and in a groomers shop for 2 I have had experience with most common breeds and this is THE book I hand out whenever people ask "What should I get?". I really had to laugh at gems in there like "Shih tzu, special abilities: Shadow" or "Bearded collie, protection: may bark.. if they think burglar has come to play with them". Spot on! :)
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