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A practical guide designed to iielp you choose
the most suitable dog for you and your home

Featuring over 1 90 international breeds

Joan Palmer

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Parts of a Dog
1 Ear
2 Skull
3 Eye
4 Stop
5 Foreface. Theforeface, nose

and jaws make up the muzzle
6 Nose
7 Jaws. The fleshy parts of the

lipsand jaws make upthejowls

8 Lips. Pendulous upper lips are
called flews

9 Cheek
10 Neck
11 Shoulder
12 Upperarm
13 Elbow
14 Forearm
15 Wrist
16 Stopper pad

This annotated drawing shows the
main anatomical parts of a dog
and the accepted terms used to
describe them.

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Good points
• Affectionate
• Intelligent
• Excellent pointer
• Good nose
• Tireless
• Loyal

Take heed
• A devoted, sensitive dog that

needs kind fiandling

The Brittany Spaniel combines
well the roles of hunter and com-
panion. It has a natural talent for
pointing and has been described
as more like a setter than a spaniel.
It has an excellent nose, and can
cope with difficult terrain. It is,
however, a sensitive animal that
expects, and deserves, every con-
sideration from its master. It is
easily distinguishable by its short,
stumpy tail. This breed is relatively
unknown in the United Kingdom,
but has been successful in Field
Tnals in the USA.

Height: maximum 52cm (20y2inJ,
minimum 46.5cm (18]^in]; ideal
for dog 49-51cm [19j/4-20in}, for
bitch 47.5-50cm [^8\-^9%in).

Relishes plenty of exercise.

Daily brushing. Take care that
ears, eyes and paws are clean.

One to ll's cans (376g, 13.3oz
size] of a branded meaty product,
with biscuitadded in equal part by
volume; orScupfulsofadryfood,
complete diet, mixed in the pro-
portion of 1 cup of feed to >2 cup
of hot or cold water.

Origin and history
The Brittany probably originated
either in Spain or in the Argoat
Forests of Brittany. There is also a
story that one of the red and white
English Setters of a Breton count
mated with a Breton bitch, thus
starting the Brittany Spaniel. 97^

Below: ttie Brittany Spaniel, a
fine pointer and companion.


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Good points
• Loyal
• Willing
• Fine gundog
• Excellent nose
• Good water dog
• Makes a good pet

Take heed
• Needs training or could

become a destructive hunter

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is a
livelydog with plenty of enthusiasnn

and endurance. It is somewhere
between the little Cocker Spaniel
and the English Springer in
stature. It is a tireless breed, and,
in commonwith most spaniels,
provided it is given plenty of
exercise and correct feeding it will
live to a ripe old age.

The Breed Standard states: 'A
symmetrical, compact, strong, merry
very active dog; not stilty [i.e.
stiff in appearance}; obviously
builtforenduranceand hard work.
A quick and active mover display-
ing plenty of push and drive.'

Dog up to 48cm [1 9in] in height
at shoulder, and bitch 46cm (1 Sin)

Like most spaniels the Welsh
Springer is essentially a working
animal and is not ideally suited for
apartment life or for those with
insufficient time to take it for
lengthy walks.

Similar care to other spaniels,
with regular brushing and
combing to maintain smartness.

Recommended would be 1-1 >2
cans C376g, 1 3.3oz size) of a
branded meaty product, with
biscuit added in equal part by
volume; or 3 cupfuls of a dry,
complete diet mixed in the pro-
portion of 1 cup of feed to y2 cup
of hot or cold water.

Origin and history
A dog that would seem to be a
forerunner of the Welsh Springer
Spaniel is mentioned in the
earliest records of the Laws of
Wales, circa AD 1300, and
indeed it appears that even
before that time a similar white
spaniel with red markings had
been associated with the region.
The Welsh Springer Spaniel is, in
fact, very similar to the Bhttany
Spaniel, and makes a first-class
gundog and household pet.97^

Below: The hard-working and very
willing Welsh Spnnger Spaniel.


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17 Pastern 27 Hock (Heel]
18 Toes 28 Rear pastern
19 Nails 29 Hind foot
20 Forefoot 30 Pads
21 Sternum (Breastbone] 31 Tail (Brush/flag, rudder, stern]
22 Chest 32 Croup
23 Flank 33 Loin
24 Thigh [Upper thigh] 34 Back
25 Stifle (Knee] 35 Withers (Top of the shoulders]
26 Second thigh (Lower thigh] 36 Crest of neck



Below: Throughout the book
a size symbol for each breed is
shown in scale against an outline
of the Wire Fox Terrier, which is
39cm [ISYzin] at the withers


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Do you know how much to feed a Yorkshire
Terrier? Is the Standard Schnauzer good with

children? Does the Dalmatian need a lot
of exercise? You can find the answers to these

and many other practical questions in this
comprehensive easy-to-follow guide.

A selection of over 190 breeds arranged

in order of size, from Chihuahua to St Bernard

ISBN 0-668-05362-3

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