Cover image for The complete dog book.
The complete dog book.
American Kennel Club.
Nineteenth edition, revised.
Publication Information:
New York : Howell Book House, [1998]

Physical Description:
x, 790 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Official publication of the American Kennel Club."

Includes index.
Added Corporate Author:
Format :


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SF427 .A57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF427 .A57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Best-Selling Dog Book of All Time! From Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers, with all the breeds and varieties in between, there is only one source for all the breed standards, all the canine sports and all you need to know about choosing, living with and enjoying purebred dogs. The Complete Dog Book Official Publication of the American Kennel Club

"If the dog owner can buy only one book, this has to be the one!" ? The New York Times
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Published under the auspices of the American Kennel Club, this book includes information on 134 breeds of dogs, five of which have been added since the last edition. One hundred of the breed standards have been revised or reformatted. Updated sections on dog anatomy have been added; the health care section has been revised under the supervision of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Each section on an individual breed includes a black-and-white photograph, a brief history of the breed, characteristics, and the official standard used in judging at dog shows or field trials. Entries are arranged by type of dog (sporting, terriers, herding, etc.) and alphabetically by breed within these sections. Two inserts of color photographs of dogs supplement the black-and-white ones. Good basic information on selecting a puppy or dog, keeping a dog healthy, and training a dog follow the dog entries. A glossary of terms and a brief index conclude the volume. For those wanting information on pure-bred dogs, at least the 134 recognized by the AKC, this is the most useful book available since it tells how an animal is judged and what disqualifies a dog from competition. Also, a section on types of competitions--dog shows, canine good citizens, obedience trials, field trials and hunting tests, herding, junior showmanship, and lure coursing--explains how dogs become champions. The sections on the individual breeds also provide some guidance on personality and temperament. If a reader wants information on breeds not recognized by the AKC, Mini Atlas of Dog Breeds [RBB D 1 90] covers 400 breeds in 10 categories. Mini Atlas concentrates on dogs as pets rather than as show animals. For more affluent libraries, Atlas of Dog Breeds [RBB S 15 89] covers 400 breeds with 1,100 color illustrations. The original occupation of the breed with the characteristics that affect its behavior as a pet are stressed. This work also covers extinct breeds. But for those libraries that have found previous editions of The Complete Dog Book useful or that serve clients who breed and show dogs, this eighteenth edition is a necessary purchase. (Reviewed Oct. 15, 1992)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Revised 19th Edition
The American Kennel Club
Selecting the Right Purebred Dog
The Breeds: Histories and Official Standards
The AKC Breeds
Disqualifications Applying to All Breeds
How Height and Length Are Measured on a Dog
Inaugural AKC Registrations
The Groups
Group I: Sporting Breeds
Group II: Hound Breeds
Group III: Working Breeds
Group IV: Terrier Breeds
Group V: Toy Breeds
Group VI: Non-Sporting Breeds
Group VII: Herding Breeds
The Miscellaneous Class
Living with Your Dog
Canine Health and First Aid