Working Origins and Traditional Tasks

Mike Loades

Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
White Owl
Illustration :
250 color illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526742308
Pages : 352
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Explains how environment and selective breeding for these tasks shaped the physiology of the breeds we see today.

With his signature hands-on style, Mike Loades experiences what it is like to handle various dogs engaged in their traditional tasks. These adventures take him to the Jordanian desert, where he shares the saddle of his camel with a Saluki and to the green hills of Wales, where he works cattle with a Corgi. He mushes Huskies in Alaska, drives carriages with Dalmatians and flies falcons with Spaniels. Each encounter not only highlights the bond between humans and dogs, it also frames that connection in its historical context. Different types of dogs appear the way they do because, at some stage in their development, they were bred selectively for a specialist job.

The author takes key types on a walk through history. Along the way he explores the methods and practices of their original occupations. He delves into when, where and why they were first bred as the types we recognize today. The fascinating and engaging text is supported by over 250 stunning color photographs of dogs in action. It results in an illuminating journey through many cultures and time periods. This book is a personal and heartfelt tribute to the enduring partnership between humans and dogs.

About The Author

Best known for his television appearances as the presenter of 'Weapons That Made Britain,' 'Weapon Masters,' 'Going Medieval,' and for the series 'Time Commanders,' Mike has also appeared on screen in well over a hundred documentaries as military historian and historical weapons specialist.

Additionally he has arranged fight and battle sequences for hundreds of stage and screen productions. He has lectured on arms and armor topics, including at The British Museum, The Royal Armouries and The Wallace Collection. He also directs historical documentaries for television and works as a consultant and filmmaker for the video games industry.

He has written six books, including highly acclaimed, major works such as 'Swords and Swordsmen' and 'War Bows.' His most recent publication 'Dogs: Working Origins and Traditional Tasks' is a book about the history of dogs. As well as having a fascination for swords, bows, and horses, Mike has had a lifelong enthusiasm for dogs. In this book he has been able to blend his love of dogs with his passion for history.

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