Since the average Shih Tzu stands less than a foot tall, you might think it would be easy to overlook these little dogs. But that's not the case at all! These pups have big personalities that ensure they are the center of attention! Shih Tzus love to be around people and have a way of becoming part of the family. Take Georgie, a Shih Tzu who worked as a service dog for an autistic boy named Alex. The two quickly bonded and were inseparable since the day they met. Alex's parents even credited Georgie with helping their son learn to speak. Of course, this kind of close companionship is typical of Shih Tzus, who have been prized house pets for over a thousand years. The breed dates all the way back to ancient China, where royal families treasured the little lion-like dogs! Shih Tzu: Lion Dog is a narrative treat for dog lovers that includes fun, real-life stories about these little pups while also recounting the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.
It's hard to imagine that Dachshunds, known for their short legs and slow speed, were ever used for hunting. Students will explore the original purpose of the Dachshund, the physical characteristics of the breed, and what these long, skinny dogs are valued for today. Blastoff! Series
German Shepherds have been used for a variety of work from seeing-eye dogs to bomb-sniffing police dogs. They also make fun, loving pets inside a home. Readers will discover the characteristics and the history of this versatile breed. Blastoff! Series
Known as one of the friendliest breeds of dog, Golden Retrievers make great house pets. They are popular for their ability to get along with people and are thus often used in roles that assist people. Kids will learn more about these smart, amiable dogs in this introduction to Golden Retrievers. Blastoff! Series
Often thought of as a fancy and pampered breed, the Poodle hunts just as well as many other dog breeds. Young readers will find out where this breed came from and why it is a popular show dog around the world. Blastoff! Series
Cairn terriers are small--but their fun personalities can easily fill up the big screen! Right off the bat, readers will meet Terry, the little cairn terrier who played Toto in the 1939 classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Toto became one of Hollywood's most famous dogs because of the loyalty, courage, and intelligence that Terry showed on screen--traits that any cairn terrier owner would instantly recognize. Where did these qualities come from? Perhaps they can be traced back to the cairn terrier's ancestors, who worked on farms in the Highlands of Scotland hundreds of years ago. These working dogs were bred for loyalty, intelligence, and bravery so they could help farmers hunt down farm pests like rats and weasels. A narrative treat for dog lovers, Cairn Terrier: Hero of Oz covers the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's current size, physical and mental characteristics, and suitability as a pet.
French bulldogs might be small, but these little guys have huge hearts! Kids will enjoy meeting dogs like Bugsy, a nine-year-old Frenchie whose owner, Molly, is a zoo director in England. When Molly brought an abandoned baby orangutan home from the zoo, Bugsy immediately welcomed the new arrival with licks and cuddled right up to his new friend. Of course, it's not surprising that Bugsy would warm to the little orangutan because French bulldogs were bred to be companion dogs. The origins of the breed can be traced back to the 1800s, when lace makers labored in cold factories. The workers wanted a smaller version of the English bulldog that could sit on their laps and keep them warm as they worked. Over the years, a friendly little dog was successfully bred! French Bulldog: The Frenchie is a narrative treat for dog lovers that includes amazing, real-life stories about these pint-sized pups while also recounting the breed's history and its relationship to the animal's physical characteristics, personality, and suitability as a pet.