Set to become the classic work on the breed for many years to come, Tony Parsons' The Kelpie is the culmination of sixty-five years of experience in breeding and training Kelpies, while also researching their origins and promoting the breed worldwide. This fully illustrated and authoritative work contains everything you might want to know about this renowned dog. Some of the many areas of Kelpie lore and practice covered include: The Kelpie's origins, evolution, theories and furphies The role of genetics and selection in breeding stock Practical advice on loyalty, temperament, obedience, commands and developing control Preparing the Kelpie for showing The Karrawarra stud and the increasing popularity of the working Kelpie in the US Famous Kelpies of today and yesterday, as well as breeder profiles A section on health and nutrition by Dr Alistair Webb from general care to emergency treatment Over 250 colour and b and;w photographs, many of them rare and historic. On virtually every page of this book Tony Parsons reveals his deep respect and affection for this great Australian dog. This major work will be welcomed and valued by all Kelpie breeders, owners and enthusiasts throughout the world.
This weighty tome is an important book for anyone interested in Australian kelpie breed of dog. It addresses the history, breeding, attributes and care of the breed and dismisses several myths about its origins, such as those involving dingoes. The author gives credit to the contribution of the major breeders who developed the unique qualities of the kelpie, as well as many of the individual dogs whose genes and character continue to be expressed. There is a warning to preserve the original prized intelligence and abilities of the working dog strain and not let it be lost or diluted by emphasizing show dogs with the "correct" appearance.
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