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Old 11-01-2008, 06:30 PM
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Default Have you ever read an all breed dog book and gone 'WTF!?'

I was at Barnes and Noble's (picking up Differential Equations for dummies, lol!) and I found a dog breed book so I started skimming. It was okay, though their info on pit bulls seemed a bit... dubious at the least.

But what got me was the papillon section. It said 'Show dogs are required to have symmetrical facial markings'. That's a new one to me! (It's a new one to Beau as well)

Ah well, I guess it could've been worse. anyone else read a book and just want to ask where they got their information from?
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:13 PM
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Yes, completely! It always bothers me to see books cite things like "not suitable for urban environment" because of high energy- wouldnt something along the lines of " requires extensive daily exercise/ breed to do a job, highly recomend getting involved in a dog sport of some variety" work just as well, just because someone has a dog out of the city doesnt necessarily mean it will get more exercise, a lot of people have big properties- but its still not really explaining why in the opinion of the author they are not suitable for city living which is a bit misleading. Are they implying that dogs "suited to urban living" don't need exercise and mental stimulation""?
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:44 PM
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I usually say WTF to the breed examples they have in some books. The dogs look way out of standard. I seen one with some hideous looking pugs that looked like they came from a BYB, for example. If they are going to show examples of certain breeds, they should at least show dogs that conform to the standard.
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I read a book once that said Schnauzer shed, and another I've seen that they don't bark much.

I think someone was drinking whilst writing those two books.... LOL
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:53 PM
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I think a lot of that has to do with the authors personal opinion as apposed to facts.
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:56 PM
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The only all breed book I have that even acknowledges the existence of the Treeing Walker Coonhound states you can't keep them in the suburbs and the representative photo is of a very non-typey dog in an ususual color variant.
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Sometimes the books are from other countries and thus they may be quoting that country's standard - ie UK doesn't allow white Collies and considers roughs and smooths different breeds. I have found several all breed books at these chain stores that were written in England. If someone were to pick up one of those books instead of one written in the US, they'd be very confused when it came to Collies ...
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Sorry, I can't get past going WTF over this
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I read a book once that said guinea pigs like the snow.

Putting your guinea pig in snow is a good way to kill it with pneumonia. Rabbits, on the other hand, can frolic in the snow just fine.
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Sorry, I can't get past going WTF over this
Hah, yeah.... seems like an oxymoron, no?
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