What Are Some Ways to Learn More About Specific Dog Breeds?


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The American Kennel Club provides a list of recognized dog breeds, along with the history and distinguishing characteristics of the breed, at AKC.org/dog-breeds/. Another breed registry, the United Kennel Club, has its own list at UKCdogs.com. The two organizations recognize many of the same breeds, but differences exist as well.

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Aside from reading about dog breeds online, many books are available on the subject. "The Dog Breed Bible" by D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D. contains photos and full descriptions of every breed that the AKC recognizes. "The Dog Encyclopedia" by DK Publishing lists interesting facts about each breed's history, as well as known health problems. "The Dog Selector" by David Alderton describes many common breeds and how to choose a breed compatible with your lifestyle.

Visiting a dog show is a good way to learn more about dog breeds. During dog shows, judges judge dogs against others of their breed on how well they conform to the breed standard. Some shows feature specific breeds or categories, and some are all-breed shows. To meet as many breeds as possible, attend an all-breed show sponsored by one of the national kennel clubs, such as the AKC or the UKC. Find listings for upcoming shows near you on their websites.

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