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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (21 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521425379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521425377
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'… is not just for dog lovers but also for the curious. With enough detailed studies to interest specialists, this book is readable and stimulating. It ranges from the psychology of pets and their owners to the fascinating history of dogs' domestication and diversification as a species.' New Scientist

'… a richly varied, interesting and attractively presented book. This will be an extremely useful reference text for any veterinian, behaviour consultant or research scientist/student interested in companion animal behaviour. Highly recommended.' A. L. Podberscek, The Veterinary Record

'Reading this book increased my knowledge and stimulated my mind.' Emma Magnus, Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors Newsletter

'… both welcome and long overdue … an admirable and wide-ranging compilation.' Stephen Harris, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'… the best reference work currently available on the topic.' Dennis C. Turner, Animal Welfare

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This unique book provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art account of the domestic dog's natural history and behaviour based on scientific and scholarly evidence rather than hearsay. Anyone with a serious interest in Canis familiaris, its evolution, behaviour, and its place in our society will find The Domestic Dog an indispensable and fascinating resource.

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The dog family or Canidae is a biologically cohesive group of carnivores that is divided into thirty-eight species, including the domestic dog (see Table 2.1). Read the first page
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "ellerslie83" on 23 May 2005
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As a graduate of animal management and now a student of animal behaviour, this is a book that I could certainly recommend.
"The Domestic Dog, its evolution, behaviour and interactions with people" edited by the great James Serpell is certainly one reference book you should not be without.
After the Introduction, the book is divided into 3 parts: Domestication and Evolution, Behaviour and Behaviour Problems and Human-dog interaction.
Each of these parts has chapters which are each written by different experts and researchers who are renowned in their fields, such as: Juliet Clutton-Brock, Raymond Coppinger, James Serpell and Roger Mugford to name a few. In all there are 17 different chapters, each focusing on a very specific area.
Naturally the book begins with the Origins of the dog: domestication and early history, followed by the Evolution of working dogs.
The chapters in the second part are: Genetic aspects of dog behaviour with particular reference to working ability, Analysing breed and gender differences in behaviour, Early experience and the development of behaviour, Feeding behaviour of domestic dogs and the role of experience, Social and communication behaviour of companion dogs, The ethology and epidemiology of canine aggression, Canine behavioural therapy, Effects of owner personality and attitudes on dog behaviour.
The third part of the book deals with: Dogs as human companions: a review of the relationship, The welfare of dogs in human care, Variation in dog society: between resource dispute and social flux, Population biology and ecology of feral dogs in central Italy, From paragon to pariah: some reflections on human attitudes to dogs, and finishing up with The hair of the dog.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun 2002
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If you are seriously interested in studying the behaviour of dogs this is an excellent book to read. Amongst many other scientifically explored topics it shows how the circumstances surrounding a dogs life can relate to the dogs behaviour. I found I needed to re-read some areas several times to be able to fully appreciate the text, but I don't think this detracted from my enjoyment of this very interesting book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Canis bonus on 31 May 2009
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A collection of scientific abstracts on literature research/experiments relating to dogs and their behaviour. Guaranteed to put some dog-related myths to rest.

Among the myriad soft, barely researched, and oft-emotional literature relating to dogs and dog behaviour, this collection of articles stands out as one of the few oases of reliable, science-based facts.

Only minus points:
- I do not detect the logic behind the chosen subjects. The chosen articles are all dog-related, but the weight given to this or that subject seems random. This is perhaps as a result of limitations in available research?
- If you are not used to read scientific material, you might find the style prohibitively dry and put the book down before you even reach the second page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Powell on 27 May 2010
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Domestic dogs, love em or hate em, this book gives an idea of why they are as they are.
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By Carol on 12 Jan 2014
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useful for studying,eesential part of bookshelf for any one studying at uni of dog world. Clear and easy to understand
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By DianeB7 on 3 Jan 2014
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This was a gift for a family member who had specifically asked for this book. The condition it came in was fine, exactly as advertised, and speedily despatched so perfectly happy. I can't tell you anything about the book itself as it was a gift and like a good sister I didn't read it myself before gift-wrapping it. My brother thought it was excellent though.
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