Wanna play cards?

Dogs: Best In Show, set of 32 cards, $9.95, ISBN: 978-1-85669-901-3; available in October.

This fall, Laurence King Publishing, www.laurenceking.com, is launching a gift line that includes playing cards, postcard books, notebooks, travel journals and games.

One of these items is a set of trump cards called “Dogs: Best In Show” that features illustrations by dog lover and artist Polly Horner. Each card features a breed of dog, with pedigree facts and trivia.

Categories assigned a number of quantifying points include top speed, grooming required, keen nose, ease of training, noisiness, and exercise needed. Players then trump their opponents with their highest score from each category. The players with the lower points must hand over their cards to the person with the highest number, and so on, within each category. Whoever ends up with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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