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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876057679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876057674
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,589,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on Oct. 28 2001
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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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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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