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Iceland Sheepdog Puppies
Description: The Icelandic Sheepdog, or Iceland Dog, is the Iceland's only native breed, and almost Iceland's only breed. After the Iceland Sheepdog suffered a bout with distemper and tapeworms in the late 1800s, a ban on all mammals was issued for Iceland. Healthy today, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a small, furry sheepdog used for herding, guarding and as a working dog. They are a progenitor of the Norwegian Buhund, and are the basic Spitz-type breed. They have a plumed tail carried over the back, with short legs and a foxy expression. Their muzzles are often darker than the rest of their bodies, and some have black markings above their eyes like eyebrows. They are quite fluffy, and can come in colors of wheaten, black, wolf sable, "dirty" white, all white, or with a symmetrical white. They are strong, agile and make noise when they want something. Icelandic Sheepdogs in the past have barked at sheep if they don't move, and therefore bark whenever they want something. They are lively, active dogs that are affectionate and loyal. They do not wander or hunt. Icelandic Sheepdogs like close contact with their families, and do not like to leave them. They are friendly, alert and relatively easy to care for. Lacking in maintenance and loaded with love, the Iceland Sheepdog is the ultimate companion and friend.
Other Names: Icelandic Spitz, Iceland Dog, Íslenskur fjárhundur, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Canis islandicus (Latin)
Type: Northern Breed
Height: 12 - 20
Sheepdogs can be wheaten, black, wolf grey, "dirty" white, and often have symmetrical
white markings, sometimes with a black mask or muzzle.
Sheepdogs are lively, active and intelligent. They are loyal to their owners
and do not like to leave their sides. They are gentle in nature, and cheerful
with children. They are peppy and confident, enthusiastic when working. They
are playful and loving, but needing firm discipline. They are quite clean animals,
and are used as watchdogs because of their alertness.
Watch-dog: High. They are
very alert and will bark at birds, aircraft, and running animals.
Care and Exercise:
The Iceland Dog is relatively easy to take care of. They have the same
cleanliness as the Buhund, with an easily cared for coat. Brushing every week
will suffice. Their dewclaws should be clipped regularly, as they will grow
to large lengths because they cannot reach the ground. Iceland Dogs should also
be exercised efficiently. A play session or long walk daily is best. They need
an activity or daily exercise to stay in shape.
Activity: Medium to High.
Health Issues: Iceland Dogs are normally healthy, although a health concern to this breed may be hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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