"The Perfect Match" was certainly one with me, it's my favourite breed-book. I'm a dog-lover, book-lover and rather a control-freak. So naturally I read breed-books, own some, chose my dog who accompanied me for nearly twelve short years, very carefully amongst the dogs of the world. Many of my aquaintances and friends scowl on my attidude (which isn't totally relieable, no doubt about that), but after a short while with the dog-dog they choose I hear them sigh: if only his hair wouldn't mat, if only he wouldn't be so full of boundless energy, if only he wouldn't slobber, snore, bark that much... WELL! Read "The Perfect Match" and then say: "Although Mrs Walkowicz did say the grooming was a task, I underestimated it.." sounds so much better, doesn't it? I think her book is unique in the truth spoken about requirements and character (with children! With other dogs!). She treats all breeds equally fair, that's great. My points of criticisms are: to me as non-native-speaker of english, the health clearance remains partially mysterious. The terms are really complicated, not what the prospective dog-buyer (perhaps first dog buyer) knows about. Some of the requirements should be rubbed in more. Example: teeth-care, that is daily hmpf, okay, weekly brushing and cleaning at home and professional cleaning for small breeds... Then, well, there are some breeds missing, I think mostly european breeds, but on the other hand, there are so many breeds NOT missing! I believe, one should warn of aggressive breeds (or potentially aggressive breeds) - "supervision suggested" is not enough.. and one should encourage the choosing of non-aggressive and the healthier breeds. But that would spoil the fair treating of the variety. To sum it up: This book can help and will help, if taken seriously.