#30 – The New Encyclopedia of the Dog – The Definitive Visual Guide – Dr. Bruce Fogle

With detailed descriptions of more than 420 breeds and varieties of dogs from around the world, an entertaining look at canines throughout history, and invaluable practical advice,  The New Encyclopedia of the Dog is the most comprehensive exploration of the canine world ever published.

Visual Breed Guide:  Specially commissioned, full-color photographs bring to life the delightful variety of the canine community.

In these pages, you will find not only familiar breeds such as the Labrador Retriever and the Yorkshire Terrier, but also rarities such as the Kyi Leo and the Prazsky Krysavik (the world’s smallest dog), as well as experimental crossbreeds like the Labradoodle and Cockerpoo.

Each portrait is accompanied by an authoritative biography of the breed, including its place of origin, historical development, main physical features, and temperament.

Complete History:  From how dogs evolved from wolves, through the story of their domestication by early humans, to their roles today as comforting friends, workers, and companions in sport, Bruce Fogle illuminates why dogs have achieved a place of honor in the human community.

He traces the special position of canines in human history, as well as presenting essential practical information on choosing and caring for a dog. His thorough discussions of canine anatomy (illustrated with diagrams and photographs), behavior, and psychology offer insights into the way dogs learn, and how they see the world around them. – Publishers Website

I believe this book will be one of the most used books in our library at home.  From how dogs came into domestication to the present, this is one amazing and huge book filled with full color photographs, illustrations, and information you will ever need if you are a dog lover, or if you are new to dogs.  If you are new to dogs, this book will be invaluable to helping you pick the breed that you would like, right down to temperament, coloring, size from the largest to the smallest.  My son absolutely loves this book.  He can be sitting one minute doing one thing, all of a sudden picking up this hardcover and looking at it from cover to cover.  This is similar to the Encyclopedia of the Cat, which we had reviewed a few months ago by the same author.  Simply stunning!  Take a look inside with the slide show below if you don’t believe me.

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