- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (6 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785034375
- ISBN-13: 978-1785034374
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.4 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One constant thread running through the book, is that of the health of your prospective puppy - and why this should be something taken into consideration when choosing a breed. Most other puppy books just contain pictures of cute puppies and almost seem to be afraid of offending puppy buyers in their shying away from any controversial issues. Pippa Mattinson does not do this. She explains why seeking a puppy of certain breeds is probably best avoided if you want to be sure of purchasing a healthy dog - which can enjoy life and not run up huge vet bills. WOW that someone has finally published a book with this material in it, for new puppy buyers.
She then explains why, if you STILL want a puppy from a breed with exaggerated features, purchasing a puppy from breeders who show their dogs, may not be the best way to find the most healthy puppy - due to dogs which are bred for shows frequently having the *most* exaggerated features.
As a trainer and behaviourist, I wince when people enrol their bulldogs, pugs and dachsies in my classes (to name a few breeds).Read more ›
What a fantastic, well written book. If you are thinking about getting a puppy, this book is a must read, even if you think you know what breed of dog you want.
The language Pippa has used is easy to understand which some authors get too technical. I loved the different colour coded sections as you can find what you are looking for easily. When I brought my Labrador 3.5 years ago, I didn't really have much knowledge about breeders, what to ask/look for and I think I was just lucky with what dog I have. After reading this book I will definately do things differently next time. I love the section that looks at popular breeds of dog and the advantages/disadvantages of the breed, including an honest opinion from Pippa as to whether or not that breed would be suitable for a family/single person etc. I liked the recapped summary at the end of each section as it is written very well and is honest.
Another fantastic book by Pippa Mattinson.
The book’s early chapters cover things that everyone should consider before getting a puppy. A puppy’s needs are outlined and the demands on an owner’s time are explained. The main part of the book looks at twenty popular breeds in some detail, expanding on their individual characteristics. This could be a great help to a would-be owner in deciding whether a particular breed suits their circumstances.
The health of each breed is considered in some detail and potential problems highlighted. For each breed the available screening tests that the puppies’ parents should have are specified, as well as the test scores that a purchaser should be looking for. The author does not pull her punches in stating her view that some breeds have such big health issues that they should be avoided.
As an experienced dog-owner I enjoyed reading this book (including going gooey over all the beautiful dogs pictured!) and I learned new things about breeds I haven’t owned. For a person new to dog ownership I would definitely recommend reading this before rushing out to buy your first puppy.
I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
We had 4 breeds shortlisted, so the breed reviews were really helpful & we have now chosen a Labrador. We have also chosen a KC assured breeder & we know that the forward planning & wait involved in our pup joining us is the right decision.
Also loved the background on how the different breeds have evolved over time, simple overview on complex genetics & generally some great advice!
A great read for anyone thinking ahead about having a puppy join the family! I'm half way through the Happy Puppy & looking forward to bringing our puppy home soon!!
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Disclosure: The publisher sent me a book for review, free of charge.
I have owned dogs for 15 years now and I've had countless discussions with friends or family about... Read more
I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I have to say I loved the book, having read many different puppy books, this one differed in that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book that gives a clear understanding about all important factors when considering a puppy. It gives an unbiased view on all breeds and the common health problems. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael L.
This is a must read for anyone thinking about getting a puppy. It is clearly written, deals with the real practicalities of having a dog including financial aspects. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LucyD
An easy read,with enough information to help readers make an intelligent decision about the right dog to suit their situation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. J. Hogan
If you are thinking of buying a new puppy, this is essential reading.
It gives very clear and easy to understand advice to prospective dog owners, to help them make an... Read more
Another great book from Pippa Mattinson. Pippa has such an easy and clear way of writing, and she gets her information across clearly and succinctly in little easy to digest... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Very imformative and would help any first time puppy buyer enormously, saving alot of time, stress and lead to a good choice of puppy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fiona Wace
A great book with very balanced descriptions of the top breeds. I was particularly impressed with the inclusion of health testing information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sara