Thursday, September 19, 2019

National Geo Kids DOG BREED GUIDE: A Complete Guide to Your Best Friend Fur-Ever [Review & Giveaway]

Veterinarian, San Diego Humane Society President and passionate animal welfare champion Dr. Gary Weitzman debuts an excellent reference for families who are bringing home their first four-legged doggy friend. 

Hardcover $19.99
Ages 8-12 National Geographic Kids
My thoughts:  The amount of information on dogs and their history is fascinating and beautifully presented. Although designed for ages 8-12, this will appeal to adults as well.

I grew up with beautiful, loving Collies. My father even raised a few puppies and he had one Collie that he took to dog shows. But they were family dogs allowed to romp and play in the yard with the children and one was a self-appointed protector to my younger brother. So out of innate curiosity  I looked up the information in Dog Breed Guide on Collies. Such a little bit on Collies, but enough. After all, there are a lot of dog breeds featured in the book.

The dogs are categorized by type of breed. I found it very interesting that there is a classification known as "Primitive Dog." These dogs are actually more closely related in genetic makeup to original dogs than any other breed.

It is pointed out that domestication of wolves is the first case of animals being domesticated. Also, that dogs of today are considered to be direct descents of a line of wolves now extinct.

The grouping of dogs in this book sets them apart by their sense of smell, sight, herding, mountain, retrievers and then specially "designed" dog and those bred to have hair rather than fur (good for those with allergies).

So much information about dogs is in Dog Breed Guide that makes this a book that will appeal to young and old alike and be picked up time and time again for perusal and information gleaning.

Every library needs a copy of this book - public, schools, private libraries. I highly recommend.

About the book: From dachshunds to Dalmatians and poodles to pugs, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of more than 400 different dog breeds. Each profile includes the breed's "dog stats": country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, exercise needs, and "K-9 qualities." With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman and dog behaviorist Amanda Kowalski, kids will also learn how to choose the right dog for them, how to take care of their new furry friend, and how to understand their behavior. Fantastic feature spreads cover dogs in popular culture, dog ancestry, how to prepare for your perfect pooch, and so much more.
Begins September 19
Ends October 18 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.
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  1. "(1) Do you have a dog & what 'breed'" We had a couple different golden retriever mixes at different times, but not dogs currently.

    "(2) What do you want to learn about dogs?" The history of different breeds--I think there's actually a lot about different breeds--especially including unrecorded, unstudied foreign breeds--that is just unknown!

  2. I don’t have a dog right now.
    I love to learn about animals.

  3. We have a dog named Allie.She is a Bichon poodle.I would love to learn why dogs scratch the bed/blanket before they lay down,,and nothing changes lol.

  4. I have a dachshund mix (rescue) named Lulu and I would love to learn more breed specifics

  5. 1. At present we do not have any dogs. Previously we have owned Miniature Schnauzers (Hans and Heidi) and West Highland White Terriers - Westies - named Corkie and Charlie.

    2. I think it is interesting to learn the history of different breeds of dogs and how many breeds were working dogs as well as companions.

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  6. Do you have a dog & what "breed" At present, we do not have a dog. We have owned a miniature poodle and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Lab mix. We do plan on getting another dog soon.

    What do you want to learn about dogs? The books are for my grandson, but I love reading about dogs and actually want to check some breeds out. This may be the start of that.

  7. We have a mini Pug named Pepper! I would like to learn what breeds are the most recent to come into existence.

  8. No, I don't have a dog. I'd like to learn what breed gets along best with other pets.


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