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114 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2003
We have kept a number of dog encycolpedias over the years, as well as a variety of breed specific titles, training or grooming guides. Looking for a new title on Amazon is a little frustrating, you cant flick through the pictures or browse the text to compare one option with another, it therefore was with a little pot luck we selected this title from the half a dozen or so choices.
This is large book covering the main KC breeds, but also a number of less common breeds from around the globe, and a small selection of known crosses; some 400 in total. With the exception of a number of very rare species or extinct breeds, this book is very comprehensive and offers the family a chance to review less traditional dogs before choosing a pet.
Breed information is limited to a half a page to two pages per breed, but include the key referance points you would need,size, temprement, common names, colouring, coat type etc. and a brief breed history. There are also at least 3 colour photographs of of each breed, all of good quality and apear to have been taken specifically for this title.
Its a very "coffee table friendly book", large sized atractivly presented, full of beautiful photographs and clear text.
The chapters break up sensibly with division into the main dog groups, but also placing the various breeds in a sensible (read none alphabetical) order, so that for example the 5 different types of American "Coon Hound" are in serise, or the various Mastif/large breeds all togeather for easier comparison. An index at the back is thankfully detailed and in traditional alphabetical order for quick referance.
There are general chapters on dog history, health, training and care, again well presented.
Overall this title was superior to the previous dog encycolpedias we have had in all aspects, an excellent referance guide, a good starting point for owners seeking a new breed, and also a nice item to just have around just to flick through.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2000
Having kept an eye out for a 'good' book on dog breeds for quite some time I was delighted with the New Encyclopedia of the Dog by Bruce Fogle. It is full of useful information beginning with the evolution of the dog, moving through care and training and then onto the informative summaries of individual breeds each with good clear pictures just showing how beautiful dogs are. I never knew there were so many different varieties! This book is now a key reference book in our house to be used by all the family when trying to identify dogs.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2005
I received my 'New Encyclopedia of the Dog' book yesterday, and so far, I have not been able to put it down! Its very informative and has several excellent shots of each breed in there. It even includes new breeds such as the 'Cockerpoo' and the 'Labradoodle'.
This book is very informative and is perfect if you're undecided about which one is your perfect pooch!
Definately a must have if you're even a smidgen of a dog lover!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2008
I recieved this book a month ago, and am still working my way through it.

It is a great book, contains history of the dog, dogs in the media and film. The middle section contains a large section of breeds of dogs, which is very informative. There is a small section at the end on caring for your dog.

Overall this book is great for the coffee table for dog lovers, and is useful for choosing and caring for your own dog.

Would recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2009
...by this I mean it is what it says it is, an Encyclopedia. So it is a lovely full colour book with a bit about everything (so history, health, breeds etc), but it only touches on everything. In my opinion it is a coffee table type book with all the colour photos of the dogs and a quick reference guide to everything, but not much depth of info. So for anyone looking for something further, you would need to supplement this with additional reading.

But for me it was great, as it is just a lovely book to have and it wasn't that expensive for the amount of pages etc. And I would recommend something like Bruce Fogle's "Caring for your Dog" as a book that provides much more in depth info on the health (all aspects) of the dog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2012
Firstly, mine came with the Dark Blue cover (2007).I'd love to give this book 5* and tell it's fantastic, but its not. But then again I don't think any one book could give you all the information you would want. This gives you a brief, general overview of some aspects of Dogginess. Unfortunately my list of failings is more important than my list of givings.

This book gives you:
- Beautiful DK photography over 415 pages.
- Pictures and brief info about dog breeds common and exotic.
- Origin and purpose of breed.
- Interesting brief info about evolution, history, skeleton, muscle groups, internal organs,breeding and communication.

This book does NOT give you:
- Detailed information about any breed.
- Detailed information about behaviour, communication, looking after puppies, breeding OR ANY HEALTH RELATED ISSUES.

I have a Chocolate Lab (of which there is no picture in this book :( ), and a Sprocker, of which this book taught me nothing.

So its the detail of information that is seriously lacking in this book. I found the key code inconsistant,e.g some dogs it will indicate whether they are considered dog friendly and some there is no key at all, and colouring reference completely bizare. It would have benefited from a diagram to explain pedigree/purebreeds, crossbreeds etc, that I have seen in other books. And the pages dedicated to random dog breeds, I think were disjointed.

I do not own any other dog books so its a good starting point, and as I said initially, I don't think any one book will give you everything. I can now chose to purchase books specialising in whichever area I need.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2001
I read this book "the new encyclopedia of the dog" for the first time at my friend's house. By that time I was going to choose my soul mate, but I was so confuse which breed should I choose. And at my friend's house I saw that book and Borrowed it for almost a month. After returning the book, I know that I have to have the book for myself. So I ordered it from amazon.co.uk website. After reading the book over and over again,I knew what breed should I get for me. And I could get the whole dog's breed information. You can find so many dog breed and their information like the hight, grooming, etc.Thank you for this book, now I'm staying with my norfolk terrier soul mate and we're having so much fun together. thank you for this book, I can find the perfect breed for me.So, for dog lovers out there, if you don't know what dog breed you should choose, you should get this book. It will help you alot in deciding what dog breed you want. So good luck !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2008
great book with many different breeds,
some l didnt even imagine they exist!
short discriptions of each with a lillte bit of history and nice photos,
handy and honest tips will help you to choose perfect dog!

great gift for adult and kid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2008
I first purchased this book for a friend as a gift & they loved it. Since then-I have gifted several copies to friends & family ages 9-79.
Beautiful & informative pictures & text make this the best dog breed book I've come across.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2010
This is absolutely the best book for dog lovers I've ever seen.Very informative and I must say that the information contained in the book is the information you really need - size and weight,temperament,aptitudes,hereditary diseases,etc.The book is very well organized,the pictures are of excellent quality and represents dogs from different angles of view.And besides the book is simply and purely beautiful!It's a pleasure to read it and to look inside.For those who love dogs many many hours of fascinating reading are guaranteed!
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