Pernice Press publishes and sells books about animals, nature and the countryside. A new title relating to dogs and breeding is imminent and more information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, you can purchase our existing titles below.

The Best of the Best
The IGL Retriever Championship 1909 — 2011

The International Gundog League's Retriever Championship is the premier event of its kind in the world, so the title The Best of the Best is well chosen. In 2009 the blue riband event reached its centenary and this book records and celebrates that hundred years. It presents an authoritative account of the origins and development of the Championship and provides detailed descriptions and key images of the last twenty-eight years.

There is detailed analysis of records and discussion of significant changes during its history. Extensively illustrated, The Best of the Best provides a wealth of information that will make this a valuable work book for all who are interested in breeding and finding out what the competitive record can tell us. As a work of reference it is unmatched.

"The Best of the Best often captures that mix of elation and disappointment that I know well: not least in the seven years from 1994 which included two seconds and other placings for my mother's FTCh Ulstare Style and the centenary year of 2009 when my own FTCh Roberto Rannaldini of Bolton Abbey won the IGL Retriever Championship and the Captain A Glen Kidston Challenge Cup. This book, which presents so much more than a list of award winners and also-rans, is a work of reference which readers are sure to return to again and again." 

From the Foreword by Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire DL

Published on November 25th 2013.

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Publication Details

Authors: Graham Cox and Dr Gareth Davies
ISBN 978 0992 6275-0-8
800 x 1000 mm / 416pp / hardback

The Gun's Dog

Pernice Press’s second book, The Gun’s Dog, was published on October 31st, 2014.

In the style of early gundog books but with a modern twist, The Gun’s Dog outlines the bare essentials for educating a well-bred, keen and mannerly dog. Rather than a step by step ‘how to’ manual, it is a workbook that enables you to develop a personal strategy and resolve difficulties for yourself.

Most gundog training books are intended for those who hope to compete with their dogs in Gundog Working Tests and, perhaps, Field Trials. This book will certainly help further such ambitions, but its principal focus is the gun who wants to shoot over a steady and agreeable shooting companion.

In a marked difference to Pernice Press’s first title, The Best of the Best - a 416 page coffee table and reference book - The Gun’s Dog is a small softback that you can tuck into your back pocket or field jacket while out training the dogs. It is an affordable and practical gift that’s also beautiful.

Forty years of picking up and competitive experience have given Graham Cox a keen appreciation of what guns and handlers want from their dogs. With sporting traditions in mind, he presents a clear philosophy and outlines the craft skills you will need to educate a dog that you can be proud to take anywhere.

Published on October 31st 2014.

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Publication Details

Author: Graham Cox
ISBN 978 0 9926275 1 5
216 mm x 138 mm / 96 pp / softback