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The Complete Australian Cattle Dog Hardcover – October 15, 1993


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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.

About the Author

Professional dog trainers John and Mary Holmes first came across the Australian Cattle Dog in 1979 when they were on a tour of Australia, giving talks to training classes. John, who has always had a special interest in farm working dogs, was determined to bring the breed to Britain, and in 1980 they imported Aust. Ch. Landmaster Darling Red. The following year they took her to Crufts — the first ACD to be seen there — and she was well placed in "Any Variety Not Separately Classified." In 1986 her son and daughter won the AVNSC category. Both John and Mary have worked tirelessly to get the Australian Cattle Dog established outside its native home, and the newsletter, which Mary edited for eight years has done much to promote the breed. They were founder members of the ACD Society in Britain; John was the first Chairman and is now President of the Society. Judging appointments for the breed include the Jackpot Classes at the ACDACA Specialty in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Crufts Centenary show. John and Mary are well known for their film and television work, training a variety of different animals. John is also a bestselling author with two of his books, The Family Dog and The Farmer's Dog, both in their twelfth editions.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (October 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876050143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876050149
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very easy to understand.
Bonnie L. Nelson
This is not another "puppy care" book - it is really about ACD's.
"rhondac@telapex.com"
This book has the best breed specific information I have found.
Randy Goode

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Randy Goode on December 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has the best breed specific information I have found. It is one of the few books that covers training techniques for "heelers" working with cattle.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Is a great book for anybody who is thinking of buying an ACD or is looking for a little bit of help on raising and training one. Also helps in training them to work cattle and sheep, since other herding dog books usually don't deal with "heelers" or working cattle.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "rhondac@telapex.com" on September 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have owned and raised ACD's for years and this is by far the best book on the breed I have found. I have really enjoyed the reading and the photographs of famous Cattle Dogs. This is not another "puppy care" book - it is really about ACD's. It is a must for any serious Cattle Dog owner or fan.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on November 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this book. It's almost as if the book was written about my own dogs! I find myself laughing and saying, "Yes! That's Blue!" or "That's exactly what Ready does!" I actually recommend THE COMPLETE ACD for owners of any breed because of the good information that can apply to all dogs.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Shortly after the purcase of my 2nd ACD I bouht this book and it is the most complete book on ACDs I have ever read It covers every thing including training for herding comp. It also has in great detail the origin of the ACD. Congrates to the authors of this wonderful book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MacNeill on March 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The vagueness and inconsistancy with the finer points of raising ACD's can create some real problems for those who don't realize the intelligence of this breed. Also, the history of this breed, according to this book, will lead you down the road of half truths and myths regarding the true origin of the Australian Cattle Dog. I would suggest Scott Lithgow's book, Training and Working Dogs even if a companion to this breed doesn't wish to work their dog. It has valuable information on raising this particular breed and others like them. For true history of this breed, I would suggest A Dog Called Blue by Noreen Clark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie L. Nelson on April 2, 2009
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Wonderful book. Very easy to understand. Sound information. Very helpful hints for raising an ACD. Highly recommended.
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