This is one of the best all round books offering an understanding of the Border Collie Breed ever to be written - well researched, based on years of experience†and full of photographs, useful illustrations and witty analogies that make it easy to digest. More than that, this book shows respect for the breed and its abilities. In order to enlighten the reader - as opposed to merely entertain - Barbara Sykes starts from the roots of the breed, the dedicated and historical breeding of Border Collies as working sheep dogs,†and the instincts this breeding has been designed to develop. This aspect has been much neglected by many BC book authors who aim their publications at the Pet market and is ignored at peril as the dogs behaviour is rooted in these inbred working instincts. Failure to consider the working origins of the breed has led to so many of these wonderful dogs ending up in unsuitable homes and rescue centres such as ours. From these roots, Barbara takes us through all the aspects of the breed, providing real answers to important questions that vex many owners and providing real insight into the way these dogs think, relate and interact with each other, their handlers and the modern world. If Border Collie Rescue was to write a book on the breed, its problems and how to understand them, it would have to be a book like this. So many people come to Border Collie Rescue with an unwanted Border Collie saying "if I had known what I was taking on, I would not have got a Border Collie". We advise anyone considering taking on one of this breed as a pet to read this book first. In our opinion, if you can only afford one book on Border Collies - this is the one.