"The 1960s and 1970s were, as they say, the ‘best of times and the words of times.’ A number of very talented breeders produced some beautiful, sound and typey dogs. The intense and comfortable camaraderie of earlier times began to fade...and the large kennels with defined strains disappeared, replaced by generally smaller kennels and a very few large ones."
"If anyone knew a breed and wrote the book to prove it, it is Charlotte Clem McGowan with her recently published The Shetland Sheepdog in America. . . .the reader is drawn into the purpose of the breed and the understanding of how the breed evolved. . . . Her commentary on the AKC standard for the breed is a super strong section . . . explaining the essence of the breed to the nth degree. . . .This is a book any dog person would enjoy, with lots of attention paid to some of dogdom's most famous names such as Nate Levine. Furthermore, it is a book aimed at stimulating interest in the breed even if you have never owned a Sheltie. And if you are a Shetland Sheepdog aficionado, this book is an absolute must for your library! - Pat Trotter, Dog News
This book will help you to:
||Learn the comprehensive history of all that went into making Shelties what they are today.
||Discover secrets of successful breeders and why sometimes the best breeding is no breeding at all.
||Understand some of the issues surrounding Shelties and meet great breeders past and present.
- Origin of the Sheltie
- Collie Crosses Affecting American Pedigrees
- Early Imports and Show History
- Major Foundation Breeders and Bloodlines in the United States
- Kennels Following the Foundation
- Kennels Prominent in the '60's and '70's
- The Contemporary Sheltie in America
- History of the Standard
- Commentary on the AKC Standard
- The Sheltie in Other Countries Today
- The Working Sheltie
- Breeding the Sheltie
- Showing Shelties
- Senior Shelties
- Appendices: National Specialty Winners
- Register of Merit Sires
- Register of Merit Dams
About the Author
Charlotte Clem McGowan has owned dogs since 1956 and has bred Shetland Sheepdogs, Dandie Dinmonts and Papillons. Her Rorralore kennel has produced a number of champions. A distinguished judge licensed for all Working, Herding and Sporting breeds and BIS, she has judged more than fifty Shetland Sheepdog specialty shows, including four National Specialties.