The most complete history of the Shetland Sheepdog breed written to date, and a must for every breeder or exhibitor’s reference library. Tracing the breed from its native Shetland Islands to the formation of breed clubs and acceptance by the Kennel Club (Great Britain), McGowan documents Collie crosses made to improve Shetland Sheepdog type, important American Shetland Sheepdog breeders and kennels, and traces the development of the breed up to modern times.
In addition, this book offers an in-depth discussion and commentary on the AKC breed standard for the Shetland Sheepdog, plus advice on grooming, showing, and judging Shelties. A history of Shetland Sheepdogs in performance events, plus advice on breeding Shelties and caring for the older Sheltie provide added value.
A comprehensive history of the Shetland Sheepdog:
• Were Shetland Sheepdogs really bred to herd sheep?
• What breeds went into the formation of the Sheltie?
• Shetland Sheepdogs imported to America
• Important Shetland Sheepdog breeders in England and America
• Historical photographs of Shetland Sheepdogs
• Formation of the Shetland Sheepdog breed standard & breed clubs.
Hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11, 288 pages, illustrated, appendices, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-1-889576-00-8, $15.95. Available exclusively from Alpine Publications.
Author Charlotte Clem McGowan
Charlotte Clem McGowan is eminently qualified to write a history of the Shetland Sheepdog. As a young handler she learned from influential breeders like Mary Van Wagenen, Evelyn Davis and others, and over the years was given access to many historical photos, letters and records. McGowan is licensed to judge all Working, Herding and Sporting breeds, some toy and terrier breeds as well as Best in Show. She has judged numerous Shetland Sheepdog specialty shows, including National Specialties, and has judged at Westminster Kennel Club at least four times.
A graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in English, McGowan has written for all the Sheltie magazines, Dog News, and was Sheltie columnist for the AKC Gazette. She has served on the Board of the American Shetland Sheepdog Club, the Ladies Dog Club, and others. In addition to raising and showing Shelties under her Rorralore Kennel name, she has also bred Dandie Dinmonts and Papillons.
"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
“The Shetland Sheepdog in America by Charlotte Clem McGowan of the well-known and respected Rorralore Shetland Sheepdogs, will be an asset to all Sheltie owners, whether they breed, compete or just plain love their dogs. …The book weaves a tapestry of the evolution of the Sheltie, from those early foundation dogs in their native Scotland to the modern ones of today, spread out in many diverse countries. The evolution is described in both word and picture.”
— Jean Fleming, Dogs in Canada
“Chapters describing the evolution and achievements of many prominent American Sheltie kennels are listed chronologically and geographically….The final chapter is headed Breeding the Sheltie and here, in addition to much extremely helpful advice on rearing and training the show puppy, we find some warnings about excessive grooming and its artificial aids.”
— Mary Davis, Dog World (England)
1. Origin of the Sheltie
2. Collie Crosses Affecting American Pedigrees
3. Early Imports and Show History
4. Major Foundation Breeders and Bloodlines in the United States
5. Kennels Following the Foundation
6. Kennels Prominent in the '60's and '70's
7. The Contemporary Sheltie in America
8. History of the Standard
9. Commentary on the AKC Standard
10. The Sheltie in Other Countries Today
12. The Working Sheltie
13. Breeding the Sheltie
14. Showing Shelties
15. Senior Shelties
16. Appendices: National Specialty Winners, Register of Merit Sires, Register of Merit Dams (through 1998)