The Complete Dog Book: 20th Edition (Hardcover)

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For more than seventy-five years, The Complete Dog Book has been the premier reference on purebred dogs. Now in its twentieth edition, this treasured guide is an essential volume for every dog owner and owner-to-be.

Comprehensive and thoughtfully organized, The Complete Dog Book features all 153 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, the official breed standards, breed histories, and photographs. Also included are the twelve most recently recognized breeds: Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Black Russian Terrier, German Pinscher, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Havanese, L wchen, Neapolitan Mastiff, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Parson Russell Terrier, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Spinone Italiano, and Toy Fox Terrier.

Along with AKC registration procedures and current forms, The Complete Dog Book includes sections on

- choosing the dog that's right for you
- training
- nutrition
- grooming
- responsible breeding
- canine first-aid
- joining a dog club
- Canine Good Citizen(R) program
- every AKC sport: Agility, Conformation, Coonhound, Earthdog, Field Trials, Herding, Hunt Tests, Junior Showmanship, Lure Coursing, Obedience, Rally, and Tracking

Concluding with an extensive glossary of terms and line drawings, The Complete Dog Book is a reference that dog aficionados will turn to again and again.

About the Author

Established in 1884, the American Kennel Club is composed of more than 500 dog clubs from around the United States. In addition, approximately 3,800 affiliated clubs hold AKC events and use AKC rules to conduct dog shows, performance events, educational programs, training classes, and health clinics. For more than 100 years, the American Kennel Club has been the nation's premier publisher of magazines on the subject of dogs. The American Kennel Club magazines, AKC Gazette, AKC Family Dog, and Puppies, reach a collective audience of more than 1.1 million readers.

Praise For…

“If the dog owner can buy only one book, this has to be the one!”
–The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345476265
ISBN-10: 0345476263
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: January 31st, 2006
Pages: 858
Language: English
Series: Complete Dog Book