100 Dogs Who Changed CivilizationFirst Dogs: American Presidents and
            Their Best FriendsThe Difficulty of Being a DogThe Pawprints of History: Dogs and the
            Course of Human Events

100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization: History's Most Influential Canines (Sam Stall)

Dogs that contributed to scientific advancement, influenced geopolitical events, inspired great works of art, and saved the lives of their beloved masters:

Aibo, Ashley Whippet, Balto, Bamse, Barry, Beautiful Joe, Becerrillo, Belferlein, Belle, Biche, Black Shuck, Blair, Blue, Boatswain, Bobbie, Bothie, Bounce, Boye, Brian, Buddy, Bummer and Lazarus, Buoy, Cap, Charley, Checkers, Chips, Dempsey, Diamond, Dorado, Dumpy, Fala, Flossie, Fortune, Gelert, General Howe's Dog, George, Ginny, Greyfriars Bobby, Grigio, Gunther IV, Hachiko, Handsome Dan, Jack, Jet, Jim, Jo-Fi, Josephine, Judy, Just Nuisance, Kees, La Diable, Lad, Laddie Boy, Laika, Lauth, Liline, Little Duke, Lucky, Man Ray, Mancs, Maria Antonieta's Papillon, Martha, Missy, Nero, Nipper, Old Drum, Oscar, Owney, Pal, Peps and Fips, Peritas, Pickles, Pimperl, Polly, Pompey, Rico, Rin Tin Tin, Robot, Sailor and Canton, Sergeant Stubby, Saucisse, Saur, Seaman, Shanda, Sharik, Sir Peers' Mastiff, Smoky, Snuppy, Spuds Mackenzie, Strongheart, Tang, Teddy, Tip, Titina, The fisherman's Newfoundland, The Little Brown Dog, Toby, Togo, Urian, Veterok and Ugolyok, Willy.

Publisher: Quirk Books (2007)

First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends (Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis) 

Almost all American Presidents had a dog while living at the White House. This book presents these chief mascots, with many pictures.

Publisher: Algonquin Books (2009)
ISBN-10: 1565129369
ISBN-13: 978-1565129368

The Difficulty of Being a Dog (Roger Grenier) 

The French, dog-lover writer Roger Grenier presents 40 stories (real and fictional) whose main subject are dogs; besides himself and his Braque Saint-Germain Ulysses, Camus, Sartre, Baudelaire, Voltaire, Colette Audry, Kafka, Goethe and Freud are some of the characters presented in this book.

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (2002)
Original title: Les Larmes d'Ulysse
Translator: Alice Kaplan

The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events (Stanley Coren)

Psychology professor and neuropsychological researcher Stanley Coren (author of The Intelligence of Dogs) presents historical references to "influential canines who changed civilization" in this book, first published in 2003.

Insightful mini-biographies of people who were, in a way or other, influenced by canine companionship; except a few examples (like Becerrillo, a mean, killer dog used by the Spaniards conquerors to terrorize native Indians), dogs had a good role in History and biographers frequently forget to write about their loyal presence in the lives of men and women who made it, as noted by Professor Coren.

You can read about Scottish writer Walter Scott (and Maida); German composer Richard Wagner (and Peps, Fips, Robber, Pohl, Kos, Russumuck, Branke, Mollie, King Marke), English poet Alexander Pope (and Bounce); English physicist Isaac Newton (and Diamond); American explorer Meriwether Lewis (and Seaman); Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (and Urian); German fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen (and Moritz); English nurse Florence Nightingale (and Cap); Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud (and Jofi, Wolf, Lun Yug, Lun, Tattoun); inventor Alexander Graham Bell; American General George Armstrong Custer (who died having Turk by his side); American writer John Steinbeck, his Charlie, and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, his Pat (and "doggerel"); American president George Washington (and his Virginia hounds); Prussian Emperor Frederick II (and Biche); English Kings James I and Charles I (their hounds and their troublesome love for hunting); Scottish King Robert the Bruce (and Donnchadh), Prince Llywelyn the Great (and Gelert); Prince Rupert of the Rhine (and Boye); Ancient Greek king Alexander the Great (and Peritas); Queen Mary I of Scotland (and her beloved dogs); Saint John Bosco (and Grigio); Saint Roch; Saint Patrick.

Also, Richard Martin and his crusade against bear-baiting and dog fighting, the RSPCA and its crusade to banish dogcarts (and its disastrous results); the ASPCA, Henry Bergh and the turnspit dogs (plus the Mary Ellen case and child labor); Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and his exacerbated love for dogs that went dreadfully awry with the Edicts on Compassion for Living Things; Imperial China and the lion-dogs; Napoleon Bonaparte and his misFortune concerning dogs (although he did owe a dog his own life); American presidential pets.

Publisher: Free Press (2003)
Illustrations: Andy Barlett