Australian Shepherds (Pet Owner's Manuals) Paperback – 1 Aug 2009
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From the Author
For the life of your Aussie---and the time of your life!
Not your average breed of dog, Aussies are versatile workers and companions. Some earn their keep as working ranch dogs, some as Search and Rescue dogs, some as show, obedience, or agility dogs, but they all more than earn their keep as beloved family dogs. Nonetheless, this energetic and intelligent breed is not for everyone. This book explores the nature of the Australian Shepherd, relating its historical function to its present behavior, with special attention to the type of household in which it may (or may not) flourish. It's not been a history without controversy, and that controversy continues to guide the breed's future today. The most up-to-date advances in behavior, training, nutrition, and medical conditions (especially hereditary problems in the breed) are incorporated in this book as they relate to the Aussie. Special attention is given to training the Aussie to herd, and all of the herding, obedience, conformation, agility competitions available. Chock full of gorgeous color photos showing Aussies at work, play, or just looking breathtaking, you might be tempted to keep this book out of the reach of curious Aussies...but it is an Owner's Manual, and it's meant to be referred to over and over. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., is an enthusiastic dog breeder and exhibitor. She is the author of 17 dog books and many dog-related magazine articles.
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This would be a great little book to check out the breed to make sure you want an Aussie in the first place. Also, if you just adopted a puppy or adult and need some quick good info before you go off to buy that $45 Aussie book :)
It's easy reading for adults AND kids!
Still, for the price, it has some useful and interesting information, and I did learn a couple of things. I doubt I will reference it often but I don't mind having it in my collection. However, if I were to only pick one book about this breed, I would definitely select something more comprehensive.
If you are getting a purebred puppy, though, I would definitely recommend this as a good starting point. I still wouldn't consider it to be very comprehensive, but it will give you some good pointers on what traits to look for, what to avoid, and how to care for your new puppy.