Published: 1981


Intelligent And Loyal

A celebration of the Mongrel, with photographs by Graham Wood

The mongrel occupies a special place in our hearts and homes. Jilly Cooper collected stories from hundreds of owners to write this engaging and affectionate tribute. She presents a delightful account of the lives and natures of a vast assortment of dogs of doubtful parentage: a fascinating, moving and entertaining chronicle of their exploits and accomplishments, their bravery, devotion and wisdom.

Jilly’s special method of classification enables you to tell instantly if your pet is a Woolly Whitejaw, a Borderline Collie, a Bertrand Russell or a Lancashire Hot Pet.

At last, our mongrels have achieved the recognition they have so long deserved…

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This was a book that made me laugh a lot and so sent to my dog-loving cousin and she equally enjoyed!


Brilliantly moving book. Just bought again after someone 'borrowed' mine and never returned it! Recommended!


Idiosyncratic, witty, completely original!


Loved her descriptions of the dogs we know and love the best.