The Spirit of the Dog

The Spirit of the Dog

An Illustrated History

Book - 2012
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This large, beautifully produced, and lavishly illustrated book explores the long, colorful, and enduring bond that has continued to exist between human beings and dogs. It's a relationship that dates back some 14,000 years, marked by many momentous events--dogs following or leading men into battle. . . dogs rescuing men, women, and children from scenes of disaster. . . dogs seated on the laps of emperors. . . and dogs working in the fields with farmers and shepherds. Here are accounts of--

Dogs in ancient Rome and in cultures of the Far East Hunting dogs from the Middle Ages to the present day The emergence of dog breed societies The bravery of working dogs in the police and the military The development of guide dogs for the blind and infirm
Here too are illustrated descriptions of virtually all major breeds, arranged in categories that include:
Sight Hounds * Spitz-type Dogs * Mastiff Breeds * Guard Dogs and Herding Dogs Scent Hounds * Gun Dog Breeds * Terrier Breeds * and Toy Dogs and Companion Breeds

The Spirit of the Dog promises to be a treasured addition to the bookshelf of many devoted dog lovers. Printed throughout in full color, it features more than 400 magnificent photos and illustrations.
Publisher: Hauppage, N.Y. : Barron's, 2012
Description: 288 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
ISBN: 9780764165498
Branch Call Number: 636.7 Pic


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ksoles Jan 30, 2013

A warning to would-be dog owners: after one flip through "The Spirit of the Dog," there's no turning back!

With astounding photos by Astrid Harrison and loving prose, this book beautifully captures our canine companions and explains the unbreakable bond between human and dog. It examines more than 100 breeds, from the popular Labs and Border Collies to the more obscure Ibizian Hound, discussing behavioural traits, cultural significance and history.

Art historian and animal expert Tamsin Pickeral divides the book into eight chapters including "elegance and speed," "beauty and endurance," and "agility and wisdom." This allows the dogs' personalities to shine through, capturing and warming even the non-dog lover's heart.

rowanquincy Nov 14, 2012

Lovely pictures. Nice book.

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