Amy Fernandez

Biography

Amy Fernandez acquired her first Chinese Crested in 1981. In the past 27 years, her Razzmatazz kennel has produced six generations of champions.

She is president of the Xoloitzcuintli Club of America, and has edited the official club newsletter, The Xolo News since 1986. In 2003, she had the honor of judging the Mexican Xolo Specialty in Tijuana.

Amy is a member of the World Dog Press, and past president of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). She is a feature writer for Dog World, the AKC Gazette, Popular Dogs, Dogs in Review, and Top Notch Toys. In 2003 her book Dog Breeding As A Fine Art was the overall winner of the DWAA writing competition. Her writing has also won the Elsworth Howell award, the Robert Cole award, and the PAW Arthur Award.

She is the author of Dog Grooming-A Short History (2009, Puppy Care Education), Operations Manual for the Xoloitzcuintli (2009, Puppy Care Education), Operations Manual for the Chinese Crested (2009, Puppy Care Education), The Xoloitzcuintli Handbook (1999), Hairless Dogs-The Naked Truth. (2000), The Chihuahua Bible (Barrons), The Poodle (TFH), The Maltese (TFH), Training Your Dachshund (Barrons) and The Xoloitzcuintli (Kennel Club Books).

Her dog paintings have received awards from the Society of Illustrators, The Pastel Society of America, The Art Show at the Dog Show, and can be found in the Dog Museum of America. Samples of her artwork can be viewed online at www.Amyfernandez.net.

Where to find Amy Fernandez online


Books

The Chihuahua: It's Heroes and Heroines
Series: Dog History Shorts. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » History » American
A short, well-written, detailed and referenced history, covering the years from around 1880 to the mid 1950s, of those who helped to make the Chihuahua one of today’s most popular breeds. It provides an excellent introduction to the modern history of this “ancient” breed that has its origins in Mexico. Author, Amy Fernandez, is a multi award winning dog writer, author, and journalist.
Hairless Dogs: Origins
Series: Dog History Shorts, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,100. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
It’s hard to look beyond one inescapable fact about hairless dogs. Consequently, many observers fail to appreciate their most amazing trait. For thousands of years they have defied dismissive pronouncements about their genetic fitness, surviving and thriving in situations that have spelled the demise of lesser breeds. This short book looks at how these extraordinary dogs were introduced to the re
Victorian Heroes: The popularisation of the Newfoundland and St Bernard in Victorian England
Series: Dog History Shorts, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
“The Saint Bernard shares with the Newfoundland the honor of being the only two breeds of dogs whose special mission and characteristics are the saving of life, in contradiction to all other breeds which more or less, lie in the direction of destruction.” (Show Dogs) Monumental developments like dog shows and purebred registries often overshadow the fact that Victorian values shaped perceptions
The Resurrection of the Irish Wolfhound
Series: Dog History Shorts, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2013 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
A short, well-written, detailed, and referenced history of the origins of today’s Irish Wolfhound. This book details the breeding activities of the nineteenth century during which two men, in particular, strove to re-create what was, by the beginning of the 1800s, regarded as an extinct breed. It provides an excellent introduction to the modern history of this “ancient” breed originally developed
Feed the Dog: A short history of feeding the domestic dog
Series: Dog History Shorts, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » History
Feed the Dog, an illustrated dog history e-book from Puppy Care Education. This book provides a short review of the history of feeding practices for domestic dogs up to the 1930s, including the development of packaged dog foods in the late nineteenth century. In only a hundred and fifty years the dinner of most pet and working dogs has gone from whatever it could get to a massive range of
A Short History of Veterinary Medicine for Dogs
Series: Dog History Shorts, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
Veterinary practice as we know it today is a very recent development. Despite the deep historical roots of man’s interest in animal husbandry and medicine, this particular combination was not pursued as a specialized vocation until the tail end of the seventeenth century. Prior to that, medical care for animals consisted of a hodgepodge of folk remedies, herbs, and modified human medical treatmen
Origins of the Modern Bulldog (British Bulldog)
Series: Dog History Shorts, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
A well-written, brief, but detailed and referenced history of the origins of today’s Bulldog, also known as the British Bulldog. This book spans the period from the early 1800s to the beginning of the 1900s. It provides an excellent introduction to the history of this breed, tracing its development from the original bull-baiting Bulldog to its modern role as a family pet and show dog.
Operations Manual for the Chinese Crested (2nd Edition)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 15,460. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2009 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
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Revised and updated 2011 Edition. Fully illustrated ebook providing an excellently written, in depth look at the Chinese Crested breed worldwide. It is ideal for breeders, owners and judges who aim to improve the quality and soundness of this lovely breed. Amy is an award winning journalist who has owned and bred Chinese Cresteds for 27 years.
Dog Grooming - A Short History
Series: Dog History Shorts, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,420. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2009 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
This illustrated book gives a short but detailed history of dog grooming, and the trials and tribulations of the development of show dog grooming and dog grooming in general. From the days of hand clipping and no running water, this book by award winning author Amy Fernandez, tells the story of how dog grooming has grown up.
Operations Manual for the Xoloitzcuintli (2012 Edition)
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 15,060. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2009 by Puppy Care Education. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
This book has been republished in October 2011, and now includes many more photos. Illustrated book. The complete guide to the Xoloitzcuintli or Mexican Hairless dog, for judges, breeders, owners and everyone else interested in this ancient breed.

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