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The dog encyclopedia
Verhoef-Verhallen, Esther J. J.
Publication Information:
Buffalo, NY : Firefly Books, 2001.

Physical Description:
270 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

First published in the Netherlands.

"A Firefly Book."
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
SF422 .V47 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Dog Encyclopedia provides specific information on over 225 breeds of dogs. For every breed there is information on the dog's:

country of origin special skills size coat grooming requirements character training needs social behavior exercise requirement.

Each entry is accompanied by at least one full color photograph.

Author Notes

Esther J.J. Verhoef-Verhallen has written several books on animals, and contributes a column to a number of weekly magazines. This encyclopedia is the fruit of her own experience as a dog owner, coupled with her extensive knowledge and expertise.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

These compact encyclopedias provide concise, accurate pet information at a reasonable price. The books are similar in format. The cat book provides chapters on feline genetics and coat color, and the dog book provides more information on training. Information on care and training in both books is similar to what can be found in series from other publishers. In both books, the largest sections are devoted to describing the various breeds of cat or dog. The dogs are divided according to body type or working or nonworking status, and the cats are described by coat length. Each description gives the origin of the breed, conformation, coat and colors, personality, and special breed characteristics. The author comments frankly on the special needs of particular breeds of cat and dog; for example, "You should never condemn the Sphynx [cat] to a solitary existence," or "If you are seeking a family dog that won't require much from you, forget this breed [Australian Cattle Dog]." The translation from the Dutch is in fluent, idiomatic English. There are color photographs of each breed, sometimes several. The photographs are of good quality, which is remarkable given the price of the books. At that price, small public libraries will want to consider them for reference, and larger public libraries will want to consider them for reference at smaller branches as well as for the circulating collection.

Library Journal Review

These two books are useful additions to the literature about our animal companions from an expert in the field of pedigree dogs and cats. Like Bruce Fogle's Encyclopedia of the Dog (LJ 9/15/95), The Dog Encyclopedia uses the classification system developed by the International Cynological Federation, which differs slightly from the American Kennel Club system. Classifying cats is more of a problem, and in The Cat Encyclopedia, the author has chosen to classify them by physical characteristics‘length and type of coat‘making it easy for cat fanciers to locate their favorite breeds. Each book gives general information about buying and caring for the animal. The Dog Encyclopedia includes a discussion of each breed's temperament and physical characteristics as well as information about training and exercise requirements and social behavior. The Cat Encyclopedia includes a brief history of the breed and information about temperament and physical characteristics, including the body, head, coat, and colors. Each book is profusely illustrated with full-color photographs. Highly recommended.‘Peggie Partello, Mason Lib., Keene State Coll., N.H. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.