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A Dog's Best Friend In Why We Love the Dogs We Do, Stanley Coren provides a foolproof guide to understanding which dog will make the best lifetime companion. He brings together his expertise in the fields of human psychology and animal behavior to provide a completely new approach to the dog/human relationship. Working with a team of animal experts, Coren has identified seven groups of dogs based on characteristics such as friendliness, protectiveness, independence, and steadiness. Each group contains dogs from different breeds that share similar personality traits -- a unique departure from the familiar American Kennel Club breed groups. Perhaps even more fascinating are the results of Dr. Coren's extensive work matching human personality types with canine characteristics. Using his personality tests, anyone can determine which dog is the right match and which dog is almost certain to cause heartbreak. Rich in anecdotes and grounded in scientific study, Why We Love the Dogs We Do offers us the tools we need to find happiness in what can be among the most satisfying relationships of a lifetime.… (més)
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Títol:WHY WE LOVE THE DOGS WE DO: How to Find the Dog That Matches Your Personality
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The personality test was fun and helped me think a bit more about dog personality as it relates to breed, as they both relate to me and what I need in a relationship with a dog. But the whole book is laced with weird and sometimes sexist gender assumptions. Also, I didn't need *quite* that many celebrity dog story anecdotes. ( )
  lightkensei | May 17, 2020 |
How to find the dog that matches your personality
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
This book might be useful for someone who is considering acquiring a dog for the first time. For those of us who already own dogs, however, the book is at least as likely to be irritating as informative. And for those of us who own cats -- with or without dogs as well -- the book is likely to be infuriating.

Before figuring out whether the book is useful, irritating, or infuriating, the reader has to chop through a good bit of underbrush. Much of the book is taken up with anecdotes about celebrities' dogs, and a long list of what famous person has had what breed of dog.

The meat of the book, such as it is, adopts an approach that might be useful for those considering acquiring a dog for the first time -- if they haven't known dogs who matter to them, and if they know little about various breeds. The reader rates him/herself on a series of psychological characteristics, to come up with scores on four broad qualities. Those scores are then matched against groups of dogs that the author feels are appropriate for people with the quality in question. This might help a very quiet, retiring person avoid acquiring a demanding dog (though as the author notes, physical traits are just as important).

All very well for neophyte dog owners, if those neophytes are considering getting a pure bred dog, and if the neophytes are willing to take the author's word for dog appropriateness.

But for those of us who already have dogs, or have had past relationships with dogs of certain types, the book doesn't do much to explain why we love the dogs we have -- at least not based on a very small and anecdotal sample. I, for example, should definitely have a "steady" dog (mostly working dogs) or a "self-assured" dog (mostly terriers). Instead I just lost a standard poodles to whom I was passionately devoted (despite the fact that he wasn't always steady, and not invariably self-assured) and am about to acquire another standard. My friend in DC who lives with two Bouviers should have "friendly" dogs, and so on and so forth.

This puts the dog owner in the position of wondering whether she/he has the "wrong dog". That is not something you should waste time thinking about once you have the dog.

As to cat owners, they lose all around. This author does not seem to like cats, and does not seem to have had any contact with cats that were not very, very stupid. As a former (and I hope future) cat owner, I object. ( )
  annbury | Jan 20, 2013 |
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A Dog's Best Friend In Why We Love the Dogs We Do, Stanley Coren provides a foolproof guide to understanding which dog will make the best lifetime companion. He brings together his expertise in the fields of human psychology and animal behavior to provide a completely new approach to the dog/human relationship. Working with a team of animal experts, Coren has identified seven groups of dogs based on characteristics such as friendliness, protectiveness, independence, and steadiness. Each group contains dogs from different breeds that share similar personality traits -- a unique departure from the familiar American Kennel Club breed groups. Perhaps even more fascinating are the results of Dr. Coren's extensive work matching human personality types with canine characteristics. Using his personality tests, anyone can determine which dog is the right match and which dog is almost certain to cause heartbreak. Rich in anecdotes and grounded in scientific study, Why We Love the Dogs We Do offers us the tools we need to find happiness in what can be among the most satisfying relationships of a lifetime.

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