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Farm Dogs: A Comprehensive Breed Guide to 93 Guardians, Herders, Terriers, and Other Canine Working Partners Paperback – October 4, 2016
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An in-depth and beautifully illustrated breed guide to a hardworking class of dogs, Farm Dogs is hard to resist even if you live in a city apartment. . ."
- The Bark magazine
She knows 93 breeds and knows them well. Covering rare finds and up-and-comers in the working world. . . If you have a working dog this will only help you understand him and his kin better. And if you are an informed future-owner - you couldn't make a better investment. A great guide that is easy to read and worth its weight in premium kibble."
- Jenna Woginrich, author of Cold Antler Farm
"This guide is an in-depth look at the history of dog breeds that have been an invaluable part of farmwork for centuries. Their roles have typically included herding livestock, controlling vermin, protecting the flock from predators, and serving as general farmhand companions and helpers. Along with introductory chapters that include information about general farm-dog history, and choosing the right dog, the author then covers all 93 breeds in extensive detail. These profiles include information about their origins, size, color, coat type, temperament, and history. There are also gorgeous color photos of each of the different breeds.
This is a beautiful, well-organized, and comprehensive title. It will leave readers with a richer understanding and deep respect for these dogs, their fascinating history, and their relationship to farmers and farm work throughout the ages. Highly recommended for public, academic, and school libraries."
- Booklist, April 2017
From the Back Cover
It's one of the greatest stories ever told: how humans and canines teamed up, eons ago, for mutual survival. In this stunning yet practical guide, Janet Vorwald Dohner shares the history, breed standards, and traits of 93 working breeds, from the familiar Border Collie and Dachsund to the less-known Kangal Dog and Swedish Lapphund. Whether you want a multipurpose farm partner or a four-legged family companion, here is the ultimate guide to herders, terriers and earthdogs, livestock guardians, and all-purpose farm dogs.
- Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC; Reprint edition (October 4, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1612125921
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612125923
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #384,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a couple of farms in our area that use Great Pyrenees to guard their herds of Alpacas and other flocks, so it was especially interesting to read about them. I can't imagine a better guide if you are considering bringing one of these dogs into your life.
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However, on thorough reading, I found the book very useful for people who have farms/hobby farms/big residential estates and may be looking for getting a dog or two. The book can also come in handy for new ranchers and livestock keepers who may be looking for keeping dogs for herding and protection purposes. The book is full of facts and superb pictures. In fact, there are so many pictures that this can be easily taken as a coffee table book, except it has much more content in it too.
The author knows the breeds or the breeders, who provided her knowledge, intimately. She has used that knowledge specifically for the breeds it applies to. For example, she writes, "Traditionally used both as LGD and a home guardian, the Kuvasz is a good choice for family farm dog". This is a valuable information for farmers and ranchers who have kids around. I distinctly recall an inquirer asking on a Facebook page about the best dog breed that she could use to protect her sheep outside and be with kids inside, This information could be good for readers like her.
I took the book to my office and showed it to my colleagues. Almost all of them fell in love with it and were thrilled to see such a colourful book with pictures and informative content.
I would have loved to see some well known, non registry dog breeds, that are traditionally kept as farm dogs, such as fila Brasiliero, bakarwals, etc.
All in all, a great job by the author.