“The Complete Shetland Sheepdog” is one of the most comprehensive books written about the Shetland sheepdog breed for the past years. The authority’s writer Margaret Norman has been into breeding, showing and judging for decades. Her kennel affix France hill, registered since 1953 has produced a number of champions in all three colors, sable, tricolor and blue merle. The latest crowned Champion is the bi blue dog France hill Two Tone. Unfortunately, the author passed away a few weeks before she could see her boy winning his third CC.
The book is suitable for both the one dog owner and the experienced sheltie breeder. Margaret Norman offers detailed advice and information on all aspects of the breed, starting from choosing a puppy, caring for your sheltie, grooming your sheltie, training your sheltie, the breed standard, breeding shelties, whelping and rearing puppies, coat care and presentation in the show ring. There is also a section on the puppy’s requirements in terms of diet and exercise. One of the first chapter’s is dedicated to the history and origins of the breed. Norman makes an interesting hypothesis about the breed’s origin.
The book contains full color photographs illustrating systematically grooming and trimming techniques. This is very helpful for the novice pet and dog show sheltie owner. The book is written in simple English language and it is very easy to comprehend. The author continues to give example from both the UK sheltie ring and even from all over the continent. A unique chapter is dedicated to the Breed Standard where the author compares the British and US standards of the breed. A chapter written by Sue Anne Bowling is the only section in the book written by this author deals with the “Sheltie in North America”. The book is necessary buy for all sheltie lovers around the world.