Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred by Josh Dean, is a great book for anyone who is interested in learning about the ins and outs of dog shows.
The author follows the campaign progress of a young Australian Shepherd named Jack as he works to earn his Grand Championship.
I really liked this book because it showed not only the messy politics behind conformation shows, like judges favouring professional handlers, but the author also presented the more personal side of things, the owner having to negotiate with Jack’s breeder, trying to cover the professional handling fees, etc.
In addition to following Jack across the US as he attended AKC shows, the author also followed him into the world of the Australian Shepherd Club of America.
I not only learned a lot about AKC shows, but I also learned a lot about the Aussie breed and about the breeding process.
this book honestly has it all, so if you’re curious about the world of dog shows and dog breeding, check this book out.