Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Review - Encyclopedia of Cat Breeds

About the Book
Updated with the latest information on all recognized feline breeds, this valuable reference source includes a survey of feline history and evolution, a detailed description of the attributes that make a purebred cat, a summary of feline genetics, and an in-depth discussion of conformation, color, and coat. The breed profiles follow, with each profile accompanied by color photos and a bar graph-style at-a-glance summary of the breed's characteristics.

Approximately 45 breeds are profiled, including: Abyssinian, American Shorthair, Bengal, Burmese, Cornish Rex, Himalayan, Maine Coon, Oriental, Persian, Ragdoll, Siamese, Sphynx, Turkish Angora . . . and many others. Added features that will be of interest to all cat fanciers include--

Descriptions of new or experimental breeds
Extensive information on the American domestic cat
A discussion titled "Which Breed is Right for You?"
Advice on choosing a purebred cat
Information on entering a cat in shows

The book features more than 100 color photos plus handsome line art.

About the Author
J. Anne Helgren has written six books and hundreds of articles on cats and cat care in Cat Fancy, Purina ProCare, I Love Cats, and other publications. She is also a contributing editor for Cats Magazine, where she wrote their featured "Breed of the Month" column for nine years. She also wrote 50 cat breed profiles for, and more than 40 articles for Pet She is a professional member of the Cat Writers' Association.

My Take on the Book
WOW! As a cat lover this book is the ultimate resource for any and all breeds of cats found within the United States. Filled with amazing facts this was a book that grabbed hold of my interest from page one and held me throughout. What I loved about this book was that it is definitely made to be a resource and there are a number of sections within the book that were written specifically just for the individual just trying to identify the right cat breed for themselves. On top of this the facts and figures shared within this book are so much more in-depth and each breed within the book is thoroughly examined. I learned so much about so many different breeds of cats, it actually makes me want to go out and find a new fluffy friend to bring home! One of the most important parts of the different reports on each of the cat breeds was the section on personality (in my humble opinion) as this section is well written and opened my eyes to the breeds that would potentially be a better fit within our own home. All-in-all this was an amazing book that I would highly recommend to all!

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