The Good, the Bad, and the Furry
Choosing the Dog That's Right for You
Honest and illustrated profiles of over of 100 dog breeds—for the aspiring pet owner looking to find their ‘furever’ furry friend
With The Good, the Bad, and the Furry, author Sam Stall has consulted with dozens of breed rescue groups to learn the best—and worst—traits of more than 100 different dogs, from Affenpinschers and Afghans to Whippets and Yorkshire Terriers. These illustrated profiles offer honest, warts-and-all assessments of the world’s most popular breeds—and show which ones are right for you.
• Like to watch TV? The Brussels Griffon is a perfect companion for a couch potato’s lifestyle.
• Love to garden? So does the Bernese Mountain Dog, so be careful. Anyone considering this breed should expect a backyard full of holes.
• Have a house full of kids? The trusty Irish Setter will be their best friend.
• Live in a big-city high-rise? Pass on the Jack Russell Terrier—these dogs have tremendous energy and need plenty of open space to burn it off.
With more than 100 illustrations and a handy at-a-glance icon reference system, The Good, the Bad, and the Furry has everything you need to find the right dog for you!
In his foreword to this little red volume, ASPCA president Edwin J. Sayres talks about the problem of homeless "companion animals" in the U.S. Perhaps there wouldn't be so many homeless dogs if only their owners had read this wise and friendly book first. Stall (The Dog Owner's Manual) tells it like it is, giving the most important information would-be owners might need to know about more than 100 varieties of dogs. Each entry addresses key factors, like size, coat type, temperament, exercise requirements, potential genetic issues, schedule demands (does the dog mind if you leave her alone all day?) and financial demands. Helpful pet icons tell if a dog is aggressive, very smart, needs a lot of grooming, can make a lot of noise, etc.; while other icons pertain to owners, differentiating between couch potatoes and active folk, suburbanites and city dwellers, etc. Although photos would've been nice, a sketch of each dog does the job well enough. Stall's humor makes the book a joy to browse; he's funny even when describing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's watchdog potential: "the only way it could harm a burglar is if the guy tripped over it."