The American Book of the Dog

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(5 stars; 2 reviews)

Here is a period piece, covering 47 breeds, about the early days of dog breeding, the birth of the American Kennel Club (1884) which firmly established breed standards, and the development of bench shows and field trials. Each article, written by a premier breed expert of the day, sheds light on how today's breeds were sculpted from the best traits of dogs of yesteryear. Old dog training theory and methods of treating disease are discussed. Editor Shields called this book (as of 1891) “the grandest work on the dog ever published.” Its various authors were part of the movement importing canine stock from Europe, often at enormous expense, and organizing national breed clubs from the various private clubs they were part of. (Summary by Michele Fry) (24 hr 10 min)


01 Preface and Introduction 6:54 Read by Michele Fry
02 The English Setter 54:37 Read by Michele Fry
03 The Irish Setter 56:21 Read by Jill Engle
04 The American Golden Setter 40:11 Read by Jill Engle
05 The Pointer, Part 1 59:16 Read by Michele Fry
06 The Pointer, Part 2 54:45 Read by Michele Fry
07 The Greyhound 1:04:59 Read by Mark Nelson
08 The Deerhound 38:35 Read by laurencetrask
09 The Foxhound 48:44 Read by William Allan Jones
10 The Basset Hound 16:22 Read by Roger Melin
11 The Dachshund 46:21 Read by Michele Fry
12 The Bloodhound 43:46 Read by Michele Fry
13 The Russian Wolfhound 11:20 Read by JoshuaD
14 The Beagle Hound 46:23 Read by tommack
15 The Irish Water Spaniel 18:32 Read by E Farmer
16 The English Water Spaniel 10:33 Read by Roger Melin
17 The Clumber Spaniel 36:25 Read by Michele Fry
18 The Sussex Spaniel 8:36 Read by Jamie Fidler
19 The Field Spaniel 17:56 Read by tommack
20 The Cocker Spaniel 46:58 Read by Michele Fry
21 The Chesapeake Bay Dog 33:10 Read by tommack
22 The Fox Terrier 49:35 Read by William Allan Jones
23 The Bedlington Terrier 38:07 Read by tommack
24 The Irish Terrier 27:57 Read by Colleen McMahon
25 The Bull Terrier 17:56 Read by tommack
26 The White English Terrier 7:58 Read by Hayley McCardle
27 The Yorkshire Terrier 43:30 Read by Colleen McMahon
28 The Airedale Terrier 17:36 Read by tommack
29 The Scottish Terrier 11:39 Read by BettyB
30 The Dandie Dinmont Terrier 15:18 Read by BettyB
31 The Skye Terrier 18:38 Read by tommack
32 The Black and Tan Terrier 13:28 Read by tommack
33 The Maltese Terrier 17:05 Read by Hayley McCardle
34 The Collie 18:15 Read by Michele Fry
35 The Old English Sheep Dog 32:35 Read by tommack
36 The Great Dane (German Dogge) 45:32 Read by Ricarda
37 The St. Bernard 43:27 Read by Nuria
38 The Mastiff 38:15 Read by JoshuaD
39 The Newfoundland 21:00 Read by tommack
40 The Bulldog 11:28 Read by E Farmer
41 The Dalmation Coach Dog 12:31 Read by BettyB
42 The Poodle 33:50 Read by Roger Melin
43 The Italian Greyhound 19:43 Read by Natalia Cox
44 The Pug 15:58 Read by Jill Engle
45 The Mexican Hairless Dog 15:36 Read by tommack
46 The Toy Spaniels 19:33 Read by Michele Fry
47 The Skiperkee 13:18 Read by Sherri Lothridge
48 Some Canine Diseases, and their Remedies 57:20 Read by Michele Fry
49 Spaniel Training 12:42 Read by Michele Fry



(5 stars)

Very interesting listening to standards of breeds, their diets, ailments and the dog's purpose.