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German Shepherds


the following books and videos 


Barwig, Susan . Assoc. Editor. 1986 (Wait for the new edition or buy this one for $36) The German Shepherd Book. Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Hoflin Publishing Company.

Bennett, Jane G. 1982 or later. The New Complete German Shepherd Dog. New York. Howell Book House.

Lanting, Fred L. 1990. The Total German Shepherd Dog. Alpine Publications Inc. Out of Print

Nicholas, Anna Katherine. 1983. The Book of the German Shepherd Dog. TFH Publications, Inc. Ltd. $27.97

Strickland, W.G. & J.A. Moses. 1998. German Shepherd Today. $20.97

Coile, D. C. & D. Hereford. 1999. The Complete Idiots Guide to German Shepherd Dogs. Howell Book House. $11.96

This is an excellent book that provides detailed information about the GSD, its history, its functions and its care. Recommended as a basic text for anyone interested in buying a GSD for the first time. There is also a great deal of useful information for anyone who knows and loves the GSD. Highly recommended.

Von Stephanitz 1927. German Shepherd in Word and Picture.

The "original" book on the breed. The GSD was created in 1899 as a working dog. It's "looks" were immaterial to von Stephanitz, but it's "function" was critical. Therefore the versatile training of the GSD was part of its original heritage. In North America, the breeding standard focuses upon the "looks" of the dog with training being secondary. In Germany, the ability of the dog to function continues to be primary. Looks remain secondary.

Walkowitz. C. The German Shepherd Dog. $29.95 Has wonderful photographs of German Shepherds in a variety of activities

Dunbar, I. Editor. The Essential German Shepherd Dog. $6.36

Billinghurst, Dr. Ian.

Book 1: Give Your Dog a Bone

Book 2: Grow Your Pups with Bones.

Book 3: The BARF Diet (A condensed and better organized version of Book 1) Privately published.

Books advocating a raw food diet (Bones And Raw Food) written by the author of the "BARF" (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet Billinghurst is an Australian veterinary who became convinced of the value of a raw diet when he changed his small animals to commercial pet food (as recommended by the pet food companies) and found them changing from healthy vigorous animals to ones with a variety of health problems. When he changed back to a raw diet, his animals improved in health.

Willis & Bennet. A Genetic History of the German Shepherd dog.

A "must" for serious breeders

Schultze, Kymythy. Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet $7.16. Paperback. Describes the BARF diet and gives recipes. Is a condensed version of Billinghurst.

Millers, Sandra, Editor. The Ultimate Diet: Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats. $14.95 Spiral

See Billinghurst

Martin, Ann M. Food Pets Die For: Shocking facts about pet food.

Describes her battle with dog food major companies in her search for the ingredients of dry pet food.

Lonsdale, Tom. Raw Meaty Bones promote health.

Dr Lonsdale is an Australian veterinarian who is attempting to convince the Australian veterinary society of the need for raw food for dogs and cats. The book chronicles these efforts. Appendix 3 provides the diet he recommends.

The Monks of New Skete. 1991. The Art of Raising a Puppy. Little, Brown & Company. An easy to read text. $16.77

The Monks of New Skete. How to be your Dog's Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners. Little, Brown and Company. $16.07

Martin, RJ & Chagnon, NA. 1975. Toward the PhD for Dogs: Obedience Training from Novice through Utility. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.

This is the best obedience book I have ever read. It's out of print. If you can find a copy -- buy it! Don't let the title distract you.


Available through Dog & Cat Book Catalog http:/

The German Shepherd Dog. The American Kennel Club Series. B1114

An excellent introduction/overview of the German Shepherd Dog.

Rutherford. C. & Neil, DH. How to Raise a Puppy you can Live With.

Packed with ideas on how to train a puppy

Coren, Stanley. How to Speak Dog.

(Sorry this got in the video section. It is really a book.) This is an absolute MUST for anyone who owns a dog and wants to understand what its non-verbal communication means.

Hastings: Puppy Puzzle: Evaluating Structural Quality.

An excellent video on a step-by-step procedure for evaluating litters. A must for serious breeders.

Rachel Page Elliot: Dog Steps

The best video demonstrating movement based upon structure. A must for serious breeders or show dogs.

If you want to talk to others who are using a BARF diet, try

If you can think of another book or video you would recommend, please let me know so I can add it to my list..