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The Perfect Match: A Dog Buyer's Guide Paperback – Sep 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876057679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876057674
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #650,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Paperback
"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.
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I bought THE PERFECT MATCH to add to my collection of many dog breed books, and found it to be very informative; Even moreso than some of my other books. The descriptions are very well written, even giving information for the buyer to consider before a purchase of the particular breed (for example....would it be a good breed with small children in the home, or in an apartment, or in the city, etc.)

The dog breeds are all listed by catergory (an example would be: Basset hounds are listed in the Hound category), and their are even listings of rare dog breeds.

The only drawback I found to the book, and the one reason why I did not rate it a 10, was the fact that it was not printed in color. It would have been very nice to have seen some of the darker breeds pictured in color, because their coats often came across as being very dull. This did not deter from the writing or descriptions however, so all in all, I would say it is one of the best breed dog books on the market today.

This is an excellent book for people considering a dog as a pet, and also it is an excellent reference guide for those of us who enjoy attending dog shows.

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Overall, I think this is a very useful and informative reference guide. It provides an easy-to-understand snapshot of all the most popular breeds, plus many of the more obscure ones. The writing is clear and readable, and the pictures are (for the most part) sharp and attractive. The section on evaluating potential pets and the places you get them is also very helpful.
So why only four stars? Because the text descriptions of each breed are WAY too short. There's one breed per page, but the page is filled with large type, a picture and lots of white space. Many breeds are described in just two short paragraphs -- that's three or four sentences total. I found myself having to check other sources for basic information on almost every breed. The book would be much better if the descriptions of each breed were three to four times longer.
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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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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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