The Dog Selector

The Dog Selector

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This big, handsome volume describes dogs of all sizes, shapes, traits, and personalities. Author David Alderton wants every prospective owner to find the very best dog to fit his or her own personality and lifestyle, and in this book he discusses breeds and their owners under the following categories:

* Absolute beginners * Family-friendly dogs * Good mixers
* Dogs for couch potatoes * High-maintenance hair
* Large dogs for large spaces * Hypoallergenic dogs
* Dogs with special skills * Dogs for runners * Portable dogs
* Weird and wonderful dogs * Smart dogs * Burglar deterrents

For example, exercise junkies will find a willing canine companion in a Dalmatian or an English Springer Spaniel. Couch potatoes, on the other hand, will probably prefer a Basset Hound or a Shih Tzu. First-time owners might be looking for an easy-going dog that makes minimal demands, such as a Labrador Retriever, and families with a houseful of kids might prefer a patient but playful pooch, such as a Beagle or an English Setter. Each breed is categorized and profiled with a large color portrait, a brief history of the breed, a description of the animal's traits, and a chart that pinpoints the dog's characteristics. More than 200 full-color illustrations.
Publisher: Hauppauge, NY : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., 2010
ISBN: 9780764163654
0764163655
Branch Call Number: 636.7081 ALD 2010
Characteristics: 176 p. : col. ill

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puppy_lover
May 26, 2014

Great book my dog is a chorkie:]

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Cheryl_B
Jul 14, 2011

Great pictures, nicely laid out. Quick and easy facts on each dog breed. Even if you're not looking to get a dog, this is a great coffee table book, or a fun read with kids. If you are looking to get a dog, the genetic predisposition facts are fair warning.

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KarenW
Nov 01, 2010

Interesting idea to put desired traits in choosing a dog. This way you can't work against the genetic dispensation of a breed and you can figure out what breed would suit your lifestyle. I would think that owners would then find it less frustrating in handling a new canine addition to a household.

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