Book review: Dog Eat Dog: A Very Human book About dogs and Dog Showing by Jane Stern

I just finished reading the book Dog Eat Dog: A Very Human Book About Dogs and Dog Shows by Jane Stern.

here’s a link to to reviews about the book on Goodreads.

As everyone knows, Huib shows canyon about three or five times a year. We didn’t start his show career until he was two and a half years old, which is probably a bit on the older side to make a debut, but canyon loves to strut his stuff around the ring and it’s been a really good experience for us.

I found this book to be one of the best books I’ve seen written about dogs and dog showing. Jane focuses on Bull Mastiffs, so the reader learns tons about the breed and about the politics that exists within the showing of them. I also really liked the way in which jane presented the interactions between show exhibitors and explained the ways in which some shows can already be decided before the dogs ever take the ring.

I had to laugh at the commentary Jane shared from ringside because it reminded me of times I’d heard similar comments from people watching or even made similar comments myself.

Dog showing and breeding are definitely not things you want to go into to make money or with the mindset that your dogs are unbeatable. Both are something people should do because they enjoy it because it’s definitely not a money maker and there are going to be ups and downs, with the downs often being long ones.

If you’re interested in learning about the dog show scene, I totally recommend this book. the facts are sometimes out of date, but the showing parts are almost spot on.

Comments

  1. Maybe I should read this before starting to show dogs. 😉 I wonder if there is a similar one for cats? If not, I’ll write one. LOL

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