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The Complete Dog Book

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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, br
Hardcover, 20th Edition, 880 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1939)
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Apr 04, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite sentence, under the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier entry: Partially shrouded by the mists of time, the history of this breed sometimes reflects the Irish people's gift as storytellers rather than historians.
Feb 05, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
It tells you everyting you need to know about dogs and different types of dogs.
Oct 16, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
A bit too hard on gathering all facts. Requires multiple months of reading to finish this book in it's entirety. Very long and wordy, but verbose for quantity of information for a VERY LONG, long list of breeds.

Purchase a paperback or hardcover copy of the book as opposed to Ebooks, as you really shouldn't read it cover to cover, unless you are deciding to become an official AKC judge at a high-profile event.
Dec 28, 2015 David rated it liked it
The Complete Dog Book (20th Edition) by the American Kennel Club (Ballantine Books 2006)(636.7). The Complete Dog Book provides breed standards, histories, and photographs of all 153 breeds which the American Kennel Club recognizes including the newest additions to the roster. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 1/1/2010.
Jun 26, 2010 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a basic reference book for AKC registered breeds. It's a good book for dog lovers/breeders to refer to regarding AKC standards and AKC rules/regulations. Also contains contact information for AKC officials and departments.
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Jan 24, 2013 Robin Maire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know to use this book again it is one of the bests and if you love dogs then this book is for you and it gives you so much good information about there history and there description it's just amazing!!!!
Feb 24, 2009 Abby rated it it was amazing
do you have a new dog and don't know what it is than read the complete dog book it has all the info. that you need to know about your new dog.
Fredrick Danysh
Aug 24, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lists and describes all the breeds of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club as well as breed standards for show quality dogs.
Mar 31, 2010 Abigail rated it really liked it
I love this book. The only thing I don't like is that they don't have color picture for each breed of dog.
Donna Hunt
Sep 19, 2012 Donna Hunt rated it it was amazing
Nice dog book about all the dog breeds the AKC recognizes.
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