The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds: The Comprehensive Visual Directory of all the World’s Cat Breeds, Plus Invaluable Practical Information on … (Illustrated Encyclopedias (Booksales Inc))

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Lavishly illustrated, the 256 page directory is presented according to basic groups:  shorthairs, longhairs, semi-longhairs, orientals, and foreign breeds–all featuring full color identification photography plus photographs of varieties to show variations within the breed.  Breed standards are given as well as care boxes for at a glance tips for each breed.

An introductory section covers the history of cats, ranging back over the millennia to the wild cats which roamed the earth with early humans to the domesticated cats of today.  There follow sections on the anatomy, physiology, and psychology of the cat, and specialist terminology is illustrated with examples taken from the breeds featured in the Encyclopedia.  Photographs, maps, and drawings show how particular conformations and characteristics have evolved into groupings which are recognized today.

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  1. Bill
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    This book was a real disappointment The write-up and history sections of each breed in this book are very shallow, not detailed, and in some cases inaccurate. For example, the Chantilly Tiffany breed was NOT listed or discussed. Instead, this book lumps the Chantilly/Tiffany breed together with the British Tiffanie breed (p. 206), which as accurately stated in other books, “British Tiffanies have nothing to do with the American Chantilly/Tiffany breed.” The write-up in this book is just plain wrong.

  2. B. K. Anderson "book, music, & aquaria lover"
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    Good, but not great This book met most of my expectations for a general cat breed book, that said, my standards were not set that high…1. General information- This book has a good section on coat colors and patterns, eye shape, body type, etc. at the front of the book. It also lists some colors that are specific to certain breeds in the front section.There is a section on general cat history, care, and other points.2. Photographs- The photographs are in color, and of average/good quality…Not steller, but not badly done either. They are not large, most taking up less than a quarter page in size.3. Breed specific information- Some breeds have more photographs and information than others, particularly the popular breeds. For example, the persian section (called long haired) is from page 58 – 85). If you are a rare breed fan, you may only get one page with a couple of photographs. The information, although not very indepth, is formated in an interesting way… They give the standard, faults, and some general history of the breed, along with some details about appearance (with photographs) in an in-set box. If you are looking for specific information about the particular aspects of personality or genetics of a breed, this book is not for you.4. Which standards?Although this book gives the points allocated for each breed in the US, Most of the breed photos and the groupings/naming of the breeds seem to be British in origin…i.e. “longhair” instead of “persian”, having the less extremely short-faced persians favored in the UK, having a more “oriental” looking havanah brown, etc. The photograph captions are also not any help in determining which “style” a cat is.The good? The bad? Who should buy this book?Good points:-A good amount of photographs showing color and pattern variations within some of the more popular breeds.-Good introductory section on behavior, color/markings, health issues, etc.-Covers some breeds that other books leave out.Bad points:- Not much detail on breed characteristics and behavior.-Sad lack of info and photos on rarer and less popular breeds.- Funky combination of american standards with british pictures and groupings.Who should buy this book?- If you want a general reference with many breeds in it.- If you want some basic information on coat color and pattern.- If you want photographs of color variations within the more popular breeds (persian, siamese, burmese, british short hair, american shorthair, etc.)

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