PRIMITIVE BREEDS - PERFECT DOGS
by Vladimir Beregovoy and Jill Moore Porter.
Softcover $85 + $5 s&h U.S. (+$15 Canada; +$22 Foreign). 424 pages. The modern classic of the sport of dogs.
James W. Grier, Professor of Zoology, North Dakota State University, Fargo writes:
This book takes us back to the roots of the dog's genealogical tree. Primitive breeds are distinguished from cultured breeds, to the extent that is possible, and the origins from different races of wolves are considered. The various primitive breeds themselves are then further described. All of this is done on a sound biological basis, in view of the latest scientific research, in a concise, clear, interesting, and engaging style that any dog lover can follow. In fact, if others are like me, this book will probably recruit many readers to the growing ranks of those who take another look at and become quickly fascinated by the primitive breeds!
Sally Wallis, Zande Basenjis, U. K. writes:
The 'It's NEW, I gotta have one !' brigade should be banned from buying this book. "Primitive Breeds - Perfect Dogs" by Vladimir Beregovoy & Jill Moore Porter provides a wealth of information on ancient and rare breeds which are probably unknown to, and unrecognised by, the vast number of people who I sincerely hope will find and enjoy this book.
It is not just a catalogue of canines. To genuinely interested dog-lovers and seekers after knowledge, it offers an insight into the history, original purposes, health and characteristics of many primitive breeds from the four corners of the earth. The question 'what did dogs do before they met Man' is something which always fascinates me. Within the pages of this book, Vladimir and Jill explore and answer such questions. My own Breed survived very successfully for over 6,000 years and it is only now, in this so-called civilised era, that harm may come to it. This book carries the message that dogs are dogs, they are not humans, and their needs are not as ours. We should respect them, learn from them and remember they are descended from the wilderness. They civilised, perhaps, because they saw civilisation as expedient. Their instincts for survival are untamed.
This is neither a coffee-table book nor is it something to sit down and read from cover to cover. Rather, it is a book to cherish and to visit, over and over again. And if you find you can't put it down after all, that is because it is so very readable.