This book helps you choose the breed that matches your personality, family, and lifestyle. Dr. Tortora, a nationally known expert on canine behavior, provides extensive information on the pure breeds, including height, weight, coat color and texture, tendency to shed and food requirements. He presents the temperamnetal characteristics of each pure breed, activity level, dominance, territoriality, emotional stability, watchdog and guard-dog abilities and many other traits. There are also a series of mini questionaires provide so you can narrow down your selection to a breed that will be a perfect
match for you, your family and your lifestyle.
I recommend this book. I have made some choices that weren't the best for my family but with this book there is no doubt about the kinds of suitable dogs I should consider. The one I got was great!
From the cover . . . "How to find the perfect match for you. Here is a systematic and enjoyable way to choose a dog. This highly informative and useful book will take the guessowrk out of choosing a dog while leaving in the fun. It will tell you about more than 110 breeds and help you to select a dog compatible with your personality, family, and lifestyle. Choosing a dog can become easy and enjoyable as you learn everything there is to know about the breeds, including:
Physical characteristics -- height, weight, strength, coat color and texture, tendency to shed, and food requirements.
Temperamental characteristics -- indoor/outdoor activity level, emotional stability, sociability, training potential, and watchdog/guard-dog ability.
Popularity, background, and unique qualities of each breed.
This was a pretty good book. It did seem a little outdated in the style, but the information was great, and it helped us find a great dog for our family. : )
If you are thinking of getting a dog this is a great book for you. It tells you the pros and cons of various purebred dogs.