Farm Dogs - Book Review
I started with the Border Collie section, since they are the dogs I know best. Jan was spot on without reiterating the same five things anyone can tell you about this herding breed. She went into things like startle reflexes, behavior around cats, and fear reactions. She makes suggestions throughout the herding section for other breeds if you “think” you’re the fit for these dogs but what you really need is something more like an English Shepherd (all around small farm working dog as opposed to sheep herder). Which isn't to say Border Collies aren't for you (Lord knows they weren't always for me) - she just knows what your farm needs in the k9 department. It is a fantastic resource.
She knows 93 breeds, and knows them well. Covering rare finds and up-and-comers in the working dog world. This book is not for your coffee table - it is for your reference library. If you already 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.