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American Working Terriers Paperback – February 16, 2006
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The sections on veterinary care and tools alone will save most people more money than the cost of this book, while the tips on digging, locator collars, skunk toxic shock, and handling quarry at the end of a dig, may save you more than money.
This book is about working terriers, but if you show, breed or judge any type of terrier, you will find this book an eye-opener. Chapter One, for example, explains why (and how) the development of dog shows resulted in the elevation of linked structural characteristics that have resulted in breed after terrier breed disappearing from the working field, while Chapter Four explains what is really required in a good working terrier.
Top Customer Reviews
Investigate: If you're lucky, and anywhere near Arlington, Virginia, it might be Patrick Burns.
The rest of us will have to settle for American Working Terriers, Burns's rich and entertaining treatise on the topic of digging to dogs.
"When I refer to terrier work, I am not talking about ratting or bushing rabbits or working raccoons or possums in brush piles or barns, but honest earth work in which a dog disappears underground and out of sight, and then is dug to by someone with a shovel."
There is that and so much more: Burns manages in a few dozen wide-margined pages to tell the history of the terrier, first in England and then at home. Not satisfied with the sanctioned accounts, Burns ropes in the roles of social movements and class warfare, Darwin's theories, battlefield etiquette, the American Revolution, rat pits, Teddy Roosevelt, animal rightists and multi-flora rose to tell the story of the terrier complete. And that's just the opening.
The practicum starts with the size and shape of the subterranean dog. Burns blasts the modern standard that favors large dogs (fox terriers now literally too big to bolt fox) and show breeds so far removed from working stock they have to rename them. Typically utilitarian, Burns sets his own standard for a tunneling dog on the size of the tunnel.Read more ›
The chapters on History,Tools and Techniques are worth the asking price alone.
Very specific to the American Pipe size. (As the title suggests)
I await Mr. Burns next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Patrick Burns' book about working terriers is just more of the same opinionated and judgmental screed that you can find in his regular blog "Terrierman. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Larkin Vonalt
It's a very informative book. Well organized, and nice illustrations. I enjoyed that has a lot of history regarding working dogs and also has a chapter about training.Published on December 9, 2011 by Marianela Diaz Rodriguez
I had the unfortunate luck to follow a link to a conversation about purebred dog genetics on the author's blog. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by LMF