The German Shepherd Today

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Presenting the Great, New Third Edition of the Most Respected Book in Print on the German Shepherd in the English Language. From the time Captain Max von Stephanitz undertook the development of the modern German Shepherd just before the turn of the 20th Century to the present, dog enthusiasts have been quick to recognize the versatility, trainability, and desirability of the universally beloved Shepherd and have taken the breed to their collective heart.

Since 1974 The German Shepherd Today has been recognized as the most definitive source of information for all who glory in von Stephanitz's living legacy. Now, in its third magnificent edition, this great masterwork is more meaningful than ever to the unique fellowship that has the German Shepherd as its common bond. Here you can explore the German Shepherd's roots and the work of the visionaries that launched his fortunes. There is vital information all owners, new or old, need to make the most of sharing their lives with these remarkable dogs. For whatever reason you have been drawn to the German Shepherd and for whatever information needs you have regarding the breed and your relationship to it, you will find all you seek-and more-in the new third edition of The German Shepherd Today. And with the text Shepherd fans recommend to each other, is a large gallery of beautiful photos, enlightening diagrams, pedigrees, and statistics you will find as absorbing as the dog you call your own. The best one remains on top.
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The third edition of The German Shepherd Today continues in the tradition of this peerless guide to provide the best, most complete information on this breed to its legion of admirers. Fully updated, it brings you the Shepherd's story from the beginning and takes it right to the closing years of the 20th Century. In 35 definitive chapters, you can explore in as much depth as you like everything that makes this breed both remarkable and justly celebrated. Here are just some of the topics:

  • Choosing a Puppy or Mature Dog (American-Bred or Import)
  • Reading German Pedigrees
  • Naming a German Shepherd
  • Housebreaking
  • Grooming and General Care
  • Preliminary Training
  • Early Obedience Training
  • Retrieving
  • Obedience Classes, Tracking, Agility
  • Conformation Training
  • The Sieger Show
  • Sheepherding Trials in Germany
  • Schutzhund Trials and Training, Breed Surveys, and Conformation Classes
  • Koer Reports of Famous German Dogs
  • German Shepherds in the U.S.
  • Futurities and Maturities in the U.S.
  • National Specialty and Obedience Trial with lists and photos of Grand Victors & Victrixes, and Obedience Victors & Victrixes
  • Dog Shows in the United States
  • The Professional Handler
  • Handling Tips
  • Register of Merit Sires & Dams (and pedigrees)
  • Breeding
  • The Genetic Factor
  • The Color Factor
  • The Breed Standard
  • Structural Analysis
  • Diseases
  • Early North American Bloodlines
and a great deal more. Everything about The German Shepherd Today is directed at enhancing your knowledge of and pleasure in the breed. Whether you are seeking or raising your first puppy, looking for help in basic or advanced training in the many disciplines in which the breed excels, are a rank novice or a seasoned veteran with the breed there is something valuable you can take from this edition of the breed's most honored work of reference. Visit us online at www.mcp.com/mgr

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WINIFRED GIBSON STRICKLAND is one of the world's premier dog trainers. She has earned 171 Obedience titles including 40 perfect scores and over 1500 awards. Owner of the celebrated Wynthea Kennels, home to 20 conformation champions and seven Obedience Trial champions, she was an AKC Obedience judge for 18 years, director of the GSDCA, and member of the SV.USA and WDA. She is founder and president of the Diamond State GSDC. She is also the author of Expert Obedience Training for Dogs, Joll and Me, and Obedience Class Instruction for Dogs: The Trainer's Manual. She has also created obedience training videos for Beginners, Novice, Open, and Utility handlers. JAMES A. MOSES is synonymous with many of the breed's finest including Ch. Covy-Tucker Hill's Manhattan, BIS at Westminster 1987 and Ch. Altana's Mystique, one of the breed's all-time top winners.

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