The Dog Merchants

The Dog Merchants

Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and Rescuers

Book - 2016
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In what promises to become an Omnivore's Dilemma for dog lovers--breed devotees and adoption advocates alike--The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions.

Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, The Dog Merchants makes it clear that money spent among these dog merchants has real-world effects on people and canines. Kavin reveals how dog merchants create markets for dogs, often in defiance of the usual rules of supply and demand. She takes an investigative approach and meets breeders and rescuers at all levels, shedding much-needed light on an industry that most people don't even realize is an industry.

Kavin's goal is to advance the conversation about how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters. She shows that a great deal can be improved by understanding the business practices behind selling dogs of all kinds. Instead of pitting rescue and purebred people against each other, The Dog Merchants shows how all dog lovers can come together with one voice as consumers, on behalf of all our beloved companions.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus,, 2016
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition
ISBN: 9781681771403
Branch Call Number: 636.7 KAV
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 24 cm

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heidiup1
Aug 08, 2016

Excellent book though quite depressing.

TSCPL_JulieN Jul 22, 2016

Man's best friend is a product that is produced, packaged, marketed, and sold just like any other commodity. And the business of dog is a very big business indeed. From a dog auction in Missouri to the glittering world of the Westminster Dog Show, Kavin journeys around the country and explores Product Dog. Villains (puppy mills, for example) are thoughtfully reappraised, heroes (rescue operations) are tarnished in this thoughtful, fascinating, and eye-opening snapshot of the dog business. Essential reading for dog lovers (and highly recommended for the rest of us too!)

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