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Weekly Update: The Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology

Dear Dogwise Customer,

Dogwise Publishing is very pleased to announce the release of the Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology by Edward and Patricia Gilbert. Ed approached us nearly five years ago with an incredibly ambitious - perhaps audacious is a better word - project in which he proposed to define and describe with illustrations and/or examples virtually every term that can be applied to dogs. We had sold other popular terminology books that were largely limited to anatomical terms for many years and so we were intrigued by his proposal to also address not only anatomical terms but also those relating to coats, gait, reproduction, judging, behavior, breed nicknames - the list went on and on. So we reached an agreement with the Gilberts and took the plunge. Five years later we think we have something here that will be viewed as an incredible resource for dog enthusiasts, fanciers, judges and people who are just crazy about dogs and want to know everything they can about them.

We think there are a number of things that will make this book so unique and valuable. First is the incredible number of terms that have been included. Did you know there are well over one hundred terms alone used to describe coat color? Second is the scores of illustrations (by noted illustrator Dan Sayers) provided to help you visualize the definition of terms. And thirdly is the number of examples given for terms providing even more detailed information. Do you know which breeds are characterized by a visible occipital protuberance? Now when you hear that term bandied about by dog fanciers you will know it means and what it looks like.

But the most valuable aspect of the book relates to the issue that terms are often not used consistently from breed to breed. This inconsistency derives from the fact that many of the terms used have come from Breed Standards written by various organizations worldwide over many decades. So what is termed "hocks" in one breed may be called "rear pasterns" in another. Terms like "withers" and "topline" may mean quite different things depending on the breed being discussed. A "mantle" in one breed may be the same as a "blanket" in another. The Gilberts have dealt with this issue by taking great pains to provide examples in the book of as many inconsistent and contradictory usages of terms that they could identify - and they identified a lot! The inconsistent usage of a term may be frustrating to a novice and often may indeed be incorrect, but as Ed reminded us many times, if it's in a Breed Standard, it is "correct!"

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