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With The Good, the Bad, and the Furry
, author Sam Stall has consulted with dozens of breed rescue groups to learn the best—and worst—traits of more than 100 different dogs, from Affenpinschers and Afghans to Whippets and Yorkshire Terriers. These illustrated profiles offer honest, warts-and-all assessments of the world’s most popular breeds—and show which ones are right for you.
• Like to watch TV? The Brussels Griffon is a perfect companion for a couch potato’s lifestyle.
• Love to garden? So does the Bernese Mountain Dog, so be careful. Anyone considering this breed should expect a backyard full of holes.
• Have a house full of kids? The trusty Irish Setter will be their best friend.
• Live in a big-city high-rise? Pass on the Jack Russell Terrier—these dogs have tremendous energy and need plenty of open space to burn it off.
With more than 100 illustrations and a handy at-a-glance icon reference system, The Good, the Bad, and the Furry has everything you need to find the right dog for you!
"In his foreword to this little red volume, ASPCA president Edwin J. Sayres talks about the problem of homeless 'companion animals' in the U.S. Perhaps there wouldn't be so many homeless dogs if only their owners had read this wise and friendly book first. Stall (The Dog Owner's Manual) tells it like it is, giving the most important information would-be owners might need to know about more than 100 varieties of dogs. Each entry addresses key factors, like size, coat type, temperament, exercise requirements, potential genetic issues, schedule demands (does the dog mind if you leave her alone all day?) and financial demands. Helpful pet icons tell if a dog is aggressive, very smart, needs a lot of grooming, can make a lot of noise, etc.; while other icons pertain to owners, differentiating between couch potatoes and active folk, suburbanites and city dwellers, etc. Although photos would've been nice, a sketch of each dog does the job well enough. Stall's humor makes the book a joy to browse; he's funny even when describing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's watchdog potential: 'the only way it could harm a burglar is if the guy tripped over it.' " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Delivers the inside poop on the world's most popular breeds of dogs--and describes which ones are right for you and your lifestyle.
What's the perfect dog for you? It depends on your lifestyle. Are you a couch potato or an athlete? A city slicker or a suburbanite? Do you suffer from allergies? Are you paranoid about security?With The Good, the Bad, and the Furry, author Sam Stall offers the inside poop on the worlds most popular breedsand describes which ones are right for you. Stall has consulted with dozens of breed rescue groups to learn the bestand worstperks, quirks, and personality traits of more than 100 different dogs.You'll learn that, contrary to what you see on Frasier, Jack Russell terriers make terrible apartment dogs (they have tremendous energy and need plenty of open space to burn it off). A much better choice for apartment dwellers is the Greyhound. (Sure, they can outrun virtually anything on four legs, but they're also content to spend all afternoon lounging on the couch.)Complete with more than 100 whimsical illustrations, The Good, the Bad, and the Furry make choosing the right dog a snap!
About the Author
Sam Stall is the coauthor of The Dog Owner’s Manual and The Cat Owner’s Manual. He lives with his wife, Jami, their two terrier mixed breeds, and one cat in Indianapolis, Indiana.