The Complete Dog Book

The Complete Dog Book

By American Kennel Club

Ballantine Books, Hardcover, 9780345476265, 858pp.

Publication Date: January 31, 2006

For more than seventy-five years, The Complete Dog Book has been the premier reference on purebred dogs. Now in its twentieth edition, this treasured guide is an essential volume for every dog owner and owner-to-be.
Comprehensive and thoughtfully organized, The Complete Dog Book features all 153 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, the official breed standards, breed histories, and photographs. Also included are the twelve most recently recognized breeds: Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Black Russian Terrier, German Pinscher, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Havanese, Lowchen, Neapolitan Mastiff, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Parson Russell Terrier, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Spinone Italiano, and Toy Fox Terrier.
Along with AKC registration procedures and current forms, The Complete Dog Book includes sections on
choosing the dog that's right for you
responsible breeding
canine first-aid
joining a dog club
Canine Good Citizen(r) program
every AKC sport: Agility, Conformation, Coonhound, Earthdog, Field Trials, Herding, Hunt Tests, Junior Showmanship, Lure Coursing, Obedience, Rally, and Tracking
Concluding with an extensive glossary of terms and line drawings, The Complete Dog Book is a reference that dog aficionados will turn to again and again.

About the Author
The American Kennel Club has been the dog breed expert since 1884. For more information on the AKC, please visit their website at

Praise For The Complete Dog Book

“If the dog owner can buy only one book, this has to be the one!”
–The New York Times