How, why and when did man meet dog and cat? How much are they in fact guided by instinct, and what sort of intelligence have they? What is the nature of their affection or attachment to the human race? Professor Lorenz says that some dogs are descended from wolves and some from jackals, with strinkingly different results in canine personality. These differences he explains in a book full of entertaining stories and reflections. For, during the course of a career which has brought him world fame as a scientist and as the author of the best popular book on animal behaviour, King Solomon's Ring, the author has always kept and bred dogs and cats. His descriptions of dogs 'with a conscience', dogs that 'lie', and the fallacy of the 'false cat' are as amusing as his more thoughtful descriptions of facial expressions in dogs and cats and their different sorts of loyalty are fascinating.
"...this gifted and vastly experiences naturalist writes with the rational sympathy of the true animal lover. He deals, in an entertaining, anectdotal way, with serious problems of canine behaviour." The Times Educational Supplement
"...an admirable combination of wisdom and wit." Sunday Observer