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Publisher's Summary

We love them with all our hearts, but do we really know where our dogs came from? Kim Kavin reveals the complex network behind the $11-billion-a-year business of selling dogs. A must-listen for the benefit of all dogs everywhere.
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.
©2016 Kim Kavin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Victoria H on 07-26-16

Thorough investigation and delightful presentation

Everyone thinking of bringing a dog into their lives should read (or listen) this book first. It completely flipped the way I think about dog rescue. The author is absolutely not against breeders per se. No matter how you're planning on acquiring your dog, the information presented in this book will prove invaluable in helping you make the choice that's best for you and for the dogs as well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-23-16

Very infomative and well narrated.

Very helpful for anyone that's looking into buying a dog or just curious about the market.

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By DrNick on 04-26-17

An excellent and interestingly-written book

What did you like most about The Dog Merchants?

A well-written and -presented book on the dog business including extensive reference to the market outside the USA. Worth listening to.

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