The Australian cattle dog is emerging as a breed of considerable interest in the show work, and in this book its development from relative obscurity to prized show exhibit is traced. The book follows the breed's history with the first imports to arrive in North America and Europe. Breeding, rearing, and general welfare is covered, plus a chapter on the working role of the Australian cattle dog. An outstanding section on training will be of value to owners of all working breeds. John Holmes, who co-wrote the book with his wife Mary, is one of Britain's best-known trainers and has provided animals for numerous roles in TV and films. Two of his previous books, "The Family Dog" and "The Farmer's Dog", have each run to twelve editions.
The Australian Cattle Dog was developed as a breed by stockmen who wanted a tough, working dog who could drive cattle in the harsh environment of the Australian outback. A number of different dogs were used to produce the ideal type, and these included the native Dingo, the Collie, imported from Britain, and the Australian Kelpie. The authors trace the origins of this tough, intelligent working dog from the Australian outback to the first imports to reach North America, Britain and the rest of Europe. All aspects of caring for the Australian Cattle Dog are covered, such as feeding, exercise, breeding and rearing, and there is a special section on the principles of training and the working role of the Australian Cattle Dog.
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