Understanding Man's Best Friend: Why Dogs Look and Act the Way They Do

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Looks at the similarities and differences among different breeds of dogs.

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How dogs were domesticated, and how--through selective breeding since the Stone Age--various behavioral patterns and other characteristics of the ancestral wolf have been sorted out to create breeds for particular purposes. After contrasting wolves with their canine descendants, Squire (Curator of Education at New York's Central Park Zoo; her doctorate is in animal behavior) mostly explains the fascinating origins of the different types of breeds and the original uses of the behaviors they exhibit: e.g., sporting breeds enjoy a close relationship with a master; herders may nip but don't ordinarily bite; guard dogs are prepared to sit around, but hounds need to run; dachshunds, however, bred to accompany a hunter on foot, have legs too short to outrun their masters. Squire closes with some characteristics that are not in the dogs' best interests (a too-short nose is an inadequate cooling system), a sensible point of view on pit bulls (they're not all bred to be ferocious), and the comment that a mixed-breed pet is often a more versatile and interesting companion than the more focused result of ``pure'' lineage. An excellent survey, especially for anyone hoping to choose a breed compatible with a particular family. The book's organization leads to some repetition, but this may actually enhance its use as a reference. An appendix groups breeds by type and gives original uses; index. (Nonfiction. 9+) -- Copyright 1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 5-9-- A look at the similarities and differences of several breeds, including the history and development of canines from their wolf ancestors to household pets. In an informative, conversational manner, Squire explains how dog breeds developed different behaviors, based on the qualities for which they were bred. She concludes that "if you know a bit of its history, you'll understand and get along with your pet even better!" An appendix of breeds and their original uses completes the presentation. This book expands on information presented in Patricia Lauber's The Story of Dogs (Random, 1966; o.p.). The organization of the material and the topic itself work well as presented and will function as a standard title in the realm of dog development and behavior. Unfortunately, the grainy, poorly reproduced black-and-white photographs and reproductions are disappointing. --Carol Kolb Phillips, The Library, East Brunswick, NJ
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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