PRAISE FOR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF K-9 TERMINOLOGY FROM EXPERTS
"Yay it arrived and it is fabulous. "Wow !!!!!! Look what arrived in the mail today. Thank you so much Ed and Pat Gilbert for another great publication. Guess I will have some night time reading for a while with over 800 pages to get through. This book looks like a book that every serious show dog person should have."
Ian Rasmussen, Breeder Ahmadi Salukis, Exhibitor, Australian National Kennel Club (ANKC) All Breed Judge, former member Judges Training Board
After reviewing: "This book is more indepth on canine terminology than any book that I have seen. It is 827 pages of information." Ian Rasmussen, ANKC All Breed Judge
“Congratulations on the conclusion of K-9 Encyclopedia of Terminology. It is a huge addition to dog knowledge in print.” Thelma R. Brown, Emeritus AKC Judge and author
The feedback I hear is that your book is a "treasure." Anonymous
“It´s very much Da Vinci Code in a dog book! It’s Fabulous!! … the detail you explain and the book rhythm is enough to send anyone sideways!!! My brain is full of information already.” Mario Cabral, Elamir Salukis, Portugal
"The book is indeed a work of both knowledge, range and love." Anonymous
“The book Encyclopedia of K9 Terminology by the Gilbert’s is worth having if you are a judge, breeder or dog fancier. It came out August of this year (2013).” Donna Ernst
“This amazing book has become one my prized possessions. What a collaboration of love and dedication to the world of dogs they have produced in this publication. It is utterly AMAZING!!!!!! Suzanne Faria, President, Judges Education Chair for Portuguese Podengo Pequenos of America
MAGAZINE AND PRINT REVIEWS
Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology – Book Review by Allan Reznik from Dogs in Review, October 2013.
Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology by Edward M. Gilbert, Jr. and Patricia H. Gilbert. Illustrations by Dan Sayers. Dogwise Publishing, 2014. $49.95. www.dogwise.com
Words like “encyclopedia” are tossed around pretty liberally by the publishing world to describe the next tome to hit the shelves. However, in the case of Ed and Pat Gilbert’s reference book, it is absolutely fitting.
On their Dedication and Acknowledgments page, the Gilberts modestly state the reason for the book: “Language is the means we use to communicate. We, in the dog world have developed a highly specialized language that is unique to our sport. The K-9 Encyclopedia is an attempt to record this language, so that those of us in the sport can more clearly communicate with each other.” Their “attempt” has ultimately resulted in a comprehensive reference guide that achieves what no other terminology book has done before.
Many dog books contain glossaries, defining a few dozen technical terms in a few sentences and organizing them in basic, alphabetical order. The Gilberts, with their varied and complementary background as breeders, judges, lecturers and writers recognized that the same terms are used in different ways by different breed standards. Organization is key in a project of this magnitude and here is where the book will impress beyond its mere physical presence (weighing in at more than four pounds and 827 pages). The Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology is divided by subject into 11 sections: Canine Body Systems; Overall Appearance; Skin, Hair and Coat; Anatomy Head to Tail; Coat Colors, Patterns and Markings; Temperament and Behavior; Gait; Dog Breeds; Genetics, Breeding, Reproduction, Whelping and Puppy Development; Diseases and Veterinary Care; and Grooming, Showing and Judging.
“Withers” rates four pages. “Front and rear dewclaws” are dealt with in three pages, with lists of breeds that are required to have or not have, rear dewclaws and rear double dewclaws. Ed’s technical background and Pat’s experience as an all-breed professional handler, combined with their success as seminar presenters, enable them to break down structure and terminology into accessible language. Big, clear, beautiful illustrations by breeder, exhibitor, designer and artist Dan Sayers complement the text. Far too many dog books lack an index, a recurring frustration for readers. By contrast this volume concludes with an Index of Entries, an Index of Breeds and an Index of Illustrations and Figures.
It’s clear this book was a labor of love that should be warmly received by breeders, exhibitors and judges. For those who haven’t read many breed standards beyond their own, the Gilberts’ exhaustive research and organization will provide an education each time the book is opened. What a gift they have bestowed on the fancy.
Allan Reznik, Breeder, Author, Editor-in-Chief Dogs in Review
Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology – Review by Ranny Green from Seattle Times
“Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology,” by Edward M. Gilbert and Patricia H. Gilbert. Illustrations by Dan Sayers. Dogwise Publishing. $49.95
Wow! This is one of those rare volumes you receive for review and all you can do is simply marvel at the breadth of the content and presentation.
With 800-plus pages of definitions, explanations and illustrations, the authors leave no stone unturned for the breeder, fancier and even the veterinarian. This isn’t one of those elementary get-acquainted-with-the-dog books, rather a substantive resource for those whom dogs are a deeply engrained part of their lifestyle and culture.
Because of the depth and complexity of this resource, Dogwise assists the reader with a three-part index at the back – by entries, breed and illustrations – allowing you to find your subject with ease.
Chapter headings include Canine Body Systems; Overall Appearance of the Dog; Skin, Hair and Coat; Anatomy Head to Toe; Coat Colors, Patterns and Markings; Temperament and Behavior; Gait; Dog Breeds; Genetics, Breeding, Reproduction, Whelping and Puppy Development; Diseases and Veterinary Care; Grooming, Showing and Judging.
And don’t overlook the often ignored forewords and editor’s note at the outset which deliver solid input about the need for this compendium that required two years to publish and details for how it is organized.
A definitive guide to breed standards, it is packed a wide array of terms associated with many breeds. I’d be willing to bet you are unfamiliar with a good many.
Here are a few:
Sennenhund breeds: German mountain breeds.
Clean boot: A tracking term used for bloodhounds. It means natural scent of man, one that is not strengthened by artificial aids.
Sagaces: Those dogs which hunt together by scent.
Look of the eagle expression: This term is applied to both the Afghan hound and Doberman Pinscher.
Monkey-like facial expression: This description is directed toward the Affenpinscher.
Black Devil: Nickname for the Schipperke.
Diehard: No, we’re not talking a battery here. This name is used to describe the Scottish terrier which exudes ruggedness and power.
Little Brushwood Dog: A name sometimes applied to the Shiba Inu.
Red Devil: We’re not referring to a vacuum but an Irish terrier.
“Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology” frames the big picture of dog sport in a tableau of wide-ranging information, accented with brush strokes of colorful detail.
Ranny Green, a Seattle Times pets columnist and feature writer for three decades before retiring in 2008, will be writing monthly features and book reviews on this newly revised web site. Green is also the former president of the Dog Writers Association of America, a five-time recipient of the DWAA's columnist of the year award and a six-time winner of the DWAA feature writer of the year for newspapers over 150,000 circulation. He currently serves on the media staff of the famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show staff in New York City each February, and is on the board of numerous dog- and animal related charities. He and his wife Mary own a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, a rescue dog.
MAGAZINE REVIEW FROM ACROSS THE POND
FROM 'OUR DOGS', ONE OF THE UK'S TWO WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS DEVOTED TO THE DOG FANCY
DAVID CAVIL IS THE PROPRIETOR.
20th December 2013 issue
"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain’t read "- Abraham Lincoln
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx
Every now and again I review books which I believe will be useful to judges and breeders and over the years I have brought together a core ‘set’ which I believe everyone should have read thoroughly and have on their book shelves if they aspire to be a judge. These are general publications which are quite separate from the breed standards, your collection of publications from specialist authors and the breed seminars you have attended on the breeds in which you are interested. I also recommend that you keep articles and magazines which have special breed supplements. All are invaluable references and give you the opportunity to review a wide range of photographs and opinions prior to an appointment enabling you to develop a balanced concept of each breed.
The general books I continue to recommend (some of which are out of print but are often available through OUR DOGS BOOKSHOP, or online sites or through specialist canine booksellers) are divided into three groups:
Basic: Good Judgement - Peggy Grayson, ‘Take them Round Please’ - Tom Horner, ‘Dog Steps’ - Rachael Page Elliot
Essential: ‘K-9 Structure and Terminology’ by Ed ward Gilbert and Thelma Brown , ‘An Eye for a Dog’ - Robert Cole , ‘Canine Terminology’ - Harold Spira
Advanced: ‘Dogs in Motion’ - Prof D Martin & Dr K Lilje, ‘Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis - Curtis Brown, ‘The Science and Techniques of Judging Dogs’ Robert Berndt
There are many others all of which have useful information but if you own the above titles all the basics are covered.
This list does not change often but I’m going to add a recent publication to the ‘advanced’ recommendation. It is called the Encyclopaedia of K-9 Terminology and, given the use of the text ‘K-9’, you will not be surprised to learn that it is connected with ‘K-9 Structure and Terminology’ - already on the ‘essential’ list. One of the authors is the noted American judge and write Ed ward Gilbert and for this book he has co-opted his wife, Patricia, and the excellent illustrator, Dan Sayers, to bring together almost 900 pages of text and drawings in eleven sections: they are a mine of information and absolutely fascinating for judges and breeders.
A labour of love
There is no doubt this is an incredible and dedicated labour of love: it is difficult to imagine how much time and work has gone into it unless you browse its pages. It takes almost every aspect of show dogs and breaks them down into incredibly detailed but ‘bite sized’ elements so you can quickly track down the answers to your questions. The subtitle is ‘Interpreting the Language of Dog Fanciers and Breed Standards’ and herein lies a clue to the only shortcoming of the book from a UKperspective. When Our Dogs was first published back in 1895, the term ‘fanciers’ was common parlance for enthusiasts, but apart from its remaining in the full title of Paignton Championship Show (its full title is the Paignton and District Fanciers Association) it is a word which we seldom use in our English vocabulary. This is not the case in America and the only problem readers will have in this book are the inevitable ‘Americanisms’ which are embedded in the text. It is perhaps unfair to mention this first but it does enable me to emphasise that readers should not be put off by it, as George Bernard Shaw opined, ‘our being separated by a common language’. The instances are few and do not detract from the immense value of the book which, if you have not already gathered it, is extraordinary.
The detail in both the text and the drawings is amazing. The 11 sections cover Canine Body Systems,; Overall Appearance of the Dog, Skin, Hair and Coat;, Anatomy; Coat Colours; Patterns and Markings; Temperament and Behaviour: Gait; Dog Breed;, Genetics, Breeding Reproduction; Whelping and Puppy Development; Diseases and Veterinary Care and Grooming, Showing and Judging. As President and CEO of the American Kennel Club, Dennis Sprung, says in his introduction: ‘this is an incomparable guide to the study and appreciation of the dog - a crowning achievement in the lives of two very special ambassadors of the dog fancy’.
What do we mean by ‘square’
Just to give you an example of what I would term the ‘general’ information, there is a long paragraph on what is meant by a ‘square’ body. Not only do the Gilberts describe the different definitions of the term ‘square’ but say which each of the terms applies to each breed. In this country, we teach aspiring judges that the proportions of a dog’s outline is measured from the withers to the ground compared to the distance between the point of shoulder to the point of buttock. This is the concept used in most standards but both here and across the Atlantic , several standards use the term in a slightly different way so two breeds, both of which are described as ‘square’, actually have a different outline. There is also a list of different expressions used in different breeds to describe proportions and what precisely they should mean. For instance do you know the difference between ‘long cast’, ‘off square body’, ‘Slightly longer body’ and ‘slightly off square’? The Encyclopaedia of K-9 Terminology gives you the answers.
Over 250 pages are devoted to the head: thirty-five to ears alone. For instance under ‘triangular shaped ears’ the differences between Alaskan Malamute, The Belgian Shepherd, Cesky Terrier, Clumber Spaniel (ears to not have to be ‘pricked’ to be ‘triangular’), Schipperke and Siberian Husky among others are carefully defined.
What is also interesting is the number of slang words and phrases which we use, all of which are listed and linked to what is generally considered to be the ‘correct’ word and definition. I have always had a fairly simple series of concepts in my mind regarding feet but although different standards use different terms to describe very similar characteristics (say - ‘cat like’, ‘round’, ‘arched toes’ and ‘knuckled up’) they all meant approximately the same to me. However, when you go into the detail, these and other similar terms are applied to specific paw characteristics of different breeds in different ways.
Wide range of descriptive expressions
Despite the slight language differences which I have found fascinating because there appears to be a much wider range of descriptive expressions in the States, it does seem to me in looking at the drawings, that the details of the breeds illustrated are very much what I would expect. We often see dogs from abroad perhaps carrying too much coat and being ‘overdone’ in other respects but Dan Sayers does seem to have trodden a sensible, moderate and generic line. I was particularly impressed with the section on breed expressions and I know from past experience that many specialists will look at them and find fault. This is inevitable but, again in my experience, different specialists will find different faults in any given drawing just as they will when judging dogs in the ring. In the case of this book I think the drawings are pretty good and provide a sound guide for non-specialist judges. I remember the time I spent trying to obtain good drawings of the various tails exhibited by Spitz for my first book so I know how difficult is. I am also somewhat obsessive about tail set and carriage in my own breed so I am delighted to report Dan Sayers gets the Finnish Spitz tail just right. I believe this probably means that the rest of his drawings are pretty accurate too.
The Encyclopaedia of K-9 Terminology is not cheap - but I thoroughly recommend it and it is well worth saving up for.
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