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Best in Show: The World of Show Dogs and Dog Shows (Hardcover)
by Bo Bengtson (Author)

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Book Description
This is an outstanding book with loads of information on the dog show scene. Everyone who shows dogs should have this in their collection as it's information is priceless! As a dog show groupie, I loved the photo's of the many top dogs I have come to regard as legends. This book explains everything you need to know about how shows operate and how to campaign a dog. However, this is not a "how to" book. I have enjoyed the writings of the author in other publications and have a great respect for him. He is extremely knowledgeable and shares his experience fully in this book.

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Canine Terminology (Hardcover)
by Harold R. Spira (Author)

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Book Description
A classic available again! A beautifully illustrated glossary of ALL terms used in the Breed Standards for purebred dogs worldwide. Terms are clearly defined, with reference to specific breeds where the term is used, and most are illustrated with detailed pen & ink drawings by Mary & Peggy Davidson. This is an invaluable reference book for ANYONE involved in the sport of purebred dogs at any level - breeders, exhibitors (conformation, agility, obedience, etc.), judges, as well as veterinarians, vet techs, or vet students.

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Dog in Action: A Study of Anatomy and Locomotion
As Applying to All Breeds (Paperback)

by McDowell Lyon (Author)

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Book Description
The Dog In Action has inspired generations of dog breeders and judges to watch more carefully, to put aside preconceived notions of how the dog "should" work and learn from what their eyes tell them. While some of Lyonís theories have since been disproved, the book still deserves to be in the serious dog personís library because it is the foundation for all gait and locomotion books which have since been written. The modern dog breeder, judge and fancier will learn:
1. To put functional soundness above everything else.
2. Why the trot shows the faults and virtues of a dogís running gear.
3. That every animal that moves can teach us about functional conformation.
4. Why a dog must be dynamically balanced to function efficiently.
5. That no dog can be any better than his bone placement, conformation and muscle tone.
6. How to develop a thorough knowledge of dogs in order to interpret a breed standard.

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An Eye for a Dog: Illustrated Guide to Judging Purebred Dogs
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by Robert W. Cole (Illustrator)

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Book Description
Subjects covered in the book: Type, balance, proportions, features (plus how to highlight/hide them!), faults and illusions, and a very complete section on movement!
- It is written almost like "lessons" in judging dogs
- It allows you to practice and develop your eye with wonderful illustrations and tests your knowledge of several breeds
I would recommend this book to any dog breeder or showman, or anyone interested in judging purebred dogs. It's a great general reference and starting point for dog structure and judging!

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Annie On Dogs (Paperback)
by Anne Rogers Clark (Author)

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Book Description
Annie On Dogs is a compilation of magazine articles written by Anne Rogers Clark...one of the most respected judges in the dog world. When Mrs Clark spoke, you listened!! And learned!! Her death in December 2006 was a blow to all who knew her and she may never be "replaced".
If you wish to learn how to conduct yourself in various dog show situations (some very funny), then this is the book for you. If you wish to understand what goes on behind the glamour of televised dog shows, wish to understand things about those crazy people in the ring and just WHY that judge chose that dog, get this book and start reading at the beginning. The wisdom on the pages will astound you.

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K-9: Structure and Terminology (Hardcover)
by Edward M. Gilbert (Author),
Thelma R. Brown (Author),
Curtis M. Brown (Author)

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Book Description
This book will judges a better understanding of the movement of a dog in the show ring. It describes quite well the parts of the skeleton and how they relate to this movement.

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The Science and Techniques of Judging Dogs (Hardcover)
by Robert J. Berndt (Author)

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Book Description
A seasoned and experienced all-breed judge and past Chariman of the Board of the American Kennel Club, Robert Berndt also draws upon his many years of experience as a dog handler in "Judging Dogs: Science And Technique", a superbly written and organized instruction manual for judging entrees of any and all breeds of dogs either in general or in specialized dog shows and competitions. Properly judging dogs requires a detailed and accurate knowledge of breed Standards and type, as well as an expertise in canine anatomy, physiology, and topology. "Judging Dogs: Science And Technique" is an ideal and substantial 276-page, step-by-step, illustrated introduction for the novice judge.
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Solving the Mysteries of Breed Type (Hardcover)
by Richard G. Beauchamp (Author)

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Book Description
Richard Beauchamp is asyndicated columnist, dog show judge, and former publisher of "Kennel Review" magazine. This book is a straightforward and detailed instructional guide for aspiring dog breeders, and dog show judges, and purebreed connoisseurs aspiring to acquire a degree of professionalism, about discerning the subtle distinctions of breed type. Individual chapters competently address what to look for in various physical characteristics, from coat and head shape to silhouette and movement. Black-and-white photographs enhance the meticulous text descriptions in this succinctly written resource which should be considered a core reference title for personal, professional, and community library collections.

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Dog Steps- A new Look: (Paperback)
by Rachel Page Elliott (Author)

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Book Description
Rachel Page Elliott has long been one of America's most respected authorities on dog gait. Her studies using cineradiography (motion-picture X-ray) equipment at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology provide new insights on bone and joint motion in canines. Rachel has long been a breeder, exhibitor, and fancier of Golden Retrievers. In 1998, the ACK awarded her their Lifetime Achivement Award in the field of conformation--the first woman to be so honored.

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Dog Anatomy: A Pictorial Approach to Canine Structure
[ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)

by Peter Goody (Author)

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Book Description
The drawings in this book are very detailed, they are by far the most accurate in any anatomy text book, and they have a simplicity that adds to their impact. The text is a little minimalist, for it is really in the form of expanded labelling for the illustrations.

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Tricks of the Trade: From Best Intentions to Best in Show,
Revised Edition (Paperback)

by Pat Hastings (Author), Erin Ann Rouse (Author)

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Book Description
In the show ring, judges assess the whole package, which is the sum of effective breeding, evaluating, rearing, teaching, conditioning, nutrition, grooming, care and presentation. Pat Hastings discusses all of these elements in this book and shares a variety of tips and tricks that she has found useful over her long career in the dog world. The revised edition is a significantly enhanced resource, with expanded text, more visuals and all-new illustrations.
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