The following list of books has been prepared with the view of enabling those breeders who wish to extend their knowledge of the principles and practice of breeding to do so in the most economical and effective manner. In general, the books mentioned are the standard works on the subjects they treat, but an effort is made only to include those most available to American readers. Because of the lack of information on books treating of the histories and points of the various breeds, a short list of the most important of these is included.
Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species," "The Descent of Man," and "Animals and Plants under Domestication" (in the order named) make a splendid introduction to this study, and can be followed by A. R. Wallace's "Darwinism," Romane's "Darwin and After Darwin," and Weismann's "The Evolution Theory."
E. B. Wilson's "The Cell," is the standard work on the cell, and will supplement the elementary facts found in any good text-book on Physiology.
H. M. Vernon's "Variation in Animals and Plants," contains many forceful examples of the different types of variation, while for a statistical study the best books are F. Galton, "Natural Inheritance," and K. Pearson, "The Grammar of Science." For mutations one should read, H. de Vries. "Species and Varieties," and "The Mutation Theory."
J. A. Thompson's "Heredity," is a standard work—the sections dealing with the germ plasm theory are especially good—and G. Archdall Reid's "The Laws of Heredity," is capital treatment of heredity in man.
By far the best work I know for practical breeders is "Principles of Breeding," by Eugene Davenport—a clear and complete exposition of the scientific and practical material. More directly treating of the problems of dog breeding is C. J. Davies' "Breeding to Type." "The Rational Service," by "Great Dane," and "The Management of the Stud Dog and Brood Bitch," by Theo. Marples are valuable little books.
General Works on Dogs
The standard American work treating the histories and points of the various breeds is James Watson's "Book of the Dog," a popular one volume edition of which is now published, containing all the text, but only part of the illustrations of the original two volume edition. "Modern Dogs," in four volumes, two devoted to sporting dogs, one to terriers, and one to non-sporting breeds, by Rawdon B. Lee is a well written, authentic work, and "The Twentieth Century Dog" (two volumes, one sporting; one non-sporting) is a remarkably valuable compilation of the opinions of many experienced owners. "The Kennel Encyclopedia," edited by J. Sidney Turner, is a splendid work of reference, while Count Henri de Bylandt's "Dogs of All Nations" (2 vols.) is a profusely illustrated work giving, in four languages (English, French, German, and Dutch) the official standards of all known breeds, many of which are not even mentioned in the English and American works.
The following is a list of the most important monographs on the more popular breeds. Those books published in America are marked with a star (*).