A dog owner's other best friend--is a bible of information invaluable to understanding and caring for these pets where slight differences in breed make a big difference in temperament. Surprising answers treat simple questions like: Why do dogs bark at strangers? Why do some breeds live so much longer than others? Why does my dog scoot along the floor? Practical sections cover current research on feeding, exercise, training for living indoors and with children, grooming, and common ailments, including how to give medicine and render first aid. Advice on more advanced care deals with breeding procedures, pregnancy and aftercare, longevity extension, euthanasia, and bereavement. Helpful photos and charts insure that your dog's life is the best it can be.