by Linda J Shaw
Well, after many years of thinking, planning, researching, discussing and, yes, procrastinating, my book, The Illustrated Standard for the German Shepherd Dog, is done. Almost. The manuscript is done – all 187 pages. Over 450 of my drawings have been completed. Over 90 photographs of really good dogs have been assembled. The design and layout has been completed by my design whiz schutzhund friend, Heather Dickinson. The cover art, again thanks to Heather, is done.
It has been through several edits. I always find something to tweak. It has one more edit before I am completely happy. The file is now out for print quotes. Hopefully I will have a retail price in the next few weeks. Once that is done, it will be available for order prior to printing.
I have put just about everything I know about the structure and movement of the GSD into this book. It is unlike any book ever published on the breed.
I go into considerable detail on rear angulation; what’s normal and what’s not, and why.
I go into considerable detail on back structure, and why the roach is not normal, based on published scientific research.
I go into considerable detail on the normal anatomy of both skeleton and musculature.
I have produced a frame by frame full stride analysis of the gait of one of the breed’s best movers, compared and contrasted to a frame by frame full stride analysis of the gait of a wild grey wolf. The results are startling.
I have a detailed section on the genetics of color and pigmentation, with full colour illustrations of almost every colour variation in the breed, as well as a full colour section of illustrations of the internal anatomy.
I could go on and on, but you should read the book. I will be updating its progress through the publishing process here.
One thing that this book is not, is like any other book currently available on the breed.