Thinking about purchasing an Iceland Sheepdog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Iceland Sheepdog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Iceland Sheepdog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Iceland Sheepdog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Iceland Sheepdog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Iceland Sheepdog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Iceland Sheepdog Profile
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 -
Icelandic Sheepdogs can be wheaten, black, wolf grey, "dirty" white, and
often have symmetrical white markings, sometimes with a black mask or
Icelandic 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.
Iceland Sheepdog 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
Activity: Medium to
Iceland Sheepdog Health Issues: Iceland Dogs are normally healthy, although a health concern to this breed may be hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 12 - 15
Country of Origin:
First registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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