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Title:
Dogs : the ultimate dictionary of over 1000 dog breeds
Author:
Morris, Desmond, 1928-
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Publication Information:
North Pomfret, Vermont : Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2002.

©2001
Physical Description:
752 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781570762192
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Renowned animal behaviorist Desmond Morris has created an impressive guide to the history and variety of man's best friend. The entries are accompanied by over 500 line drawings, which express the character of the dogs represented in a way that photographs often fail to capture. Divided into four m


Author Notes

Desmond Morris was born January 24, 1928 in Purton, North Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He is a British zoologist, ethologist, author, and surrealist painter.

After Morris' military service, he attended the University of Birmingham and graduated in 1951 with a First Class Honours Degree in Zoology. In 1954, he received a D.Phil from Oxford University. After graduation, Morris was a Curator of Mammals at the London Zoo until 1966.

Morris was a presenter of the ITV television program "Zoo Time" in the 1950s, but may be best-known for his 1967 best-selling book, The Naked Ape, which describes the evolution of human behavior from a zoological point-of-view.

Morris has authored nearly fifty scientific publications.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Animal lovers have long been captivated by Morris' fascinating work in the field of animal behavior. This addition to his oeuvre will not disappoint. Morris says this is the reference book he always wanted. It didn'st exist so he wrote it! While most standard guides focus on a breed's physical standards for the show ring, this guide downplays that aspect and instead gives a historical perspective. More than 1,000 dog breeds are covered. Breeds that are officially recognized and registered by major kennel clubs are included, but this dictionary also encompasses unrecognized breeds that have played a part in the history of domestic dogs. New breeds such as the Schnoodle, service dogs for the disabled, and even dogs once bred for human consumption are discussed, as are wild dogs, wolf-dog hybrids, and obscure and extinct breeds. Presentation and organization of breed information is unique. Dogs are arranged first according to their original function--"Sporting Dogs," "Livestock Dogs," and "Service Dogs." Within these broad categories the animals are separated by functional specialty, such as "Sighthounds," "Sheep-herders," and "Rescue Dogs." For each group, a short overview essay is followed by entries for specific breeds, arranged by country of origin. The physical appearance and disposition of the dog are described, along with the breed's history and development over time, as well as the background of the breed name. (There was at one time a breed called a Turnspit whose name precisely described its function--running in a wheel that turned meat being roasted before a fire.) Information about relationships among breeds and controversies among canine experts adds an interesting dimension. Some breeds are represented in small black-and-white drawings. In addition to an extensive annotated bibliography, a list of references appears after many entries. There is an alphabetical index of 3,000 breed names, with those appearing in the dictionary in capital letters. Although not replacing official kennel club guides, this title will be a valuable supplementary source of information for dog lovers. It offers hours of delightful browsing through the history of man's best friend.


Library Journal Review

A respected naturalist and the author of over 50 volumes on animal and human behavior, Morris has compiled a treasury of information on the dog. More than 1000 breeds are discussed, accompanied by 600 black-and-white illustrations. Although the sheer number of dog breeds cited would be sufficient to make this volume a highly recommended purchase for all public libraries, Morris's painstaking scholarship and research truly set the book apart from standard breed dictionaries. Individual breed descriptions are followed by references provided in chronological order. The book closes with lists of general breed reference works, regional breed books arranged by country, and books that examine breed groups. In addition to the scholarship and fluid writing style, Morris includes fascinating anecdotes about extinct dogs, edible dogs, recent crossbreeds, breed histories, alternate names, and even a dog that will herd fish. All breeds are listed in the index. A valuable book for serious dog enthusiasts and casual browsers alike. Cleo Pappas, Lisle Lib. Dist., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

In the English-speaking world, the impulse to categorize and document dogs dates from Johannes Caius's Of Englishe Dogges (1576). Since the 19th century, humans have competed for the title of best in dog dictionaries and encyclopedias. Morris's "ultimate" dictionary is now in the reading ring and may deserve best of show based on its 1,000 entries alone. The dog's function rather than its pedigree takes precedence. Morris's categories are insightful and entertaining--e.g., "Decoy Dogs," "Fish-Herders," "Edible Dogs," "Truffle Dogs." His definition of true breed is more inclusive than any other dog dictionary, allowing him to beat the old record of 500 entries in Andrew De Prisco and James B. Johnson's Canine Lexicon (1993). Each entry contains a brief "breed bio," clearly written, and including in most instances valuable bibliographic citations. The splendid black-and-white illustrations by Philip Hood manage to make each canine distinctive. Readers looking to know more about the familiar Golden Retriever or the less familiar Tibetan Corpse Dog or identify some "obscure breed" such as the Braque Poitou, will find this the ultimate dog dictionary. It might become almost as good a companion as your own dog. D. Gordon Christopher Newport University


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 Sporting Dogsp. 13
Sighthoundsp. 14
Scenthoundsp. 55
Short-legged Scenthoundsp. 123
Flushing Dogsp. 140
Earth Dogsp. 154
Treeing Dogsp. 220
Setting Dogsp. 240
Pointing Dogsp. 250
Decoy Dogsp. 280
Retrieving Dogsp. 285
General Hunting Dogsp. 306
Fighting Dogsp. 340
Chapter 2 Livestock Dogsp. 371
Livestock Guardsp. 372
Sheep-herdersp. 406
Cattle-herdersp. 457
Deer-herdersp. 481
Llama-herdersp. 487
Fish-herdersp. 489
Chapter 3 Service Dogsp. 493
Household Companion Dogsp. 494
Household Working Dogsp. 576
Edible Dogsp. 583
Hair Dogsp. 597
Property Guardsp. 601
Barge Dogsp. 636
Rescue Dogsp. 641
Sled Dogsp. 644
Travois Dogsp. 661
Cart Dogsp. 665
Carriage Dogsp. 672
Truffle Dogsp. 675
Chapter 4 Other Dogsp. 677
Wolf/Dog Hybridsp. 678
Feral Dogsp. 682
Obscure Breedsp. 698
Wild Dogsp. 712
Dog Bibliographyp. 718
General Breed Reference Worksp. 718
Regional Breed Reference Worksp. 725
Breed Group Reference Worksp. 726
Index of Breedsp. 733

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