- Origins and History
- Puppy Care
- Feeding and Nutrition
- Breed Standards
- The Complete Gundog
- The Labrador Retriever Worldwide
- And Much More
The Labrador is used worldwide as a guide dog for the blind, its excellent nose has made it a first class arms and drug detection dog, and its gentle nature has made it an ideal therepy dog. Quick to learn and eager to please, the Labrador has also made its mark in the competitive sports of Field Trails, Working Trails, Agility, and Obedience. The breed's handsome looks ensure its success in the show ring, but perhaps most important, the Labrador excels as the perfect companion dog.
In The Ultimate Labrador Retriever, 2nd Edition, editor Heather Wile-Fone has recruited a star-studded cast of specialists to write the definitive book on the breed. Experts from all over the world have pooled resources to give the most comprehensive coverage of the Labrador today.
Starting with in-depth research into the origins and development of the breed, the experts go on to analyze the Breed Standard in detail. An acclaimed feature of The Ultimate Labrador Retriever is "The Judge's View," in which an American, British, and German judge make a pictorial critique of six different Labradors.
The critical importance of training and socialization is emphasized throughout the book, as well as detailed information on feeding, genetics, health care, and inherited conditions. There is also a special feature on breeding and rearing Labrador Retrievers.
The Ultimate Labrador Retriever, 2nd Edition, lavishly illustrated with more than 200 color photographs, is a "must-have" reference for the true Labrador enthusiast.
For any of us that have seen them at work or play in the fields and in the water, their unique combination of physical attributes and obvious intelligence makes them the ideal human companion. I should know; I live with four of them! The proof of their adaptability to almost any condition and their loyalty, intelligence, and unparalleled work ethic is demonstrated by the wide use of them as guide dogs and as adjunct partners for the physically handicapped. Stories of Labradors crawling out onto the ice to save their masters are legendary, as are the tales of them rescuing children from fires or from underneath rubble. Never has there been a dog superior to them.
The author has recruited a wide variety of experts to testify as to the qualities and abilities of the dog, and one walks away from a reading of the book much better informed as to the all of the many qualities and capabilities of the breed, which seems to represent an astonishing list of useful and worthwhile attributes.Read more ›
Excellent photography, beautiful pictures of dogs.
Outstanding descriptions of the breed standard, presented in a very educational and helpful way.
A good amount of information on competition, breeding and current breeders.
Too much information which is not useful to the typical pet owner, and not enough information that is useful... information is quite sparse on puppy training, socialization, etc.
Annoyingly obvious British colloquial language style, and not particularly well written or readable by any standard.
Lame attempts at scientific presentations of nutrition and anatomy, when this person is obviously not a scientist.
Scattery accounts of the breed history, filled with quotes without much useful elaboration.