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Breed Group: Herding
Icelandic Sheepdog
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Weight
Male: 25-30; Female: 20-25 lbs
Height
Male: 18; Female: 16 inches
Color(s)
Golden Sable, Sandy Yellow, Red, Black/White/Tan, Black and White
Overview
Originating in Scandinavia, the Iceland Sheepdog is a spitz breed. During the 19th century over 75% of this breed was destroyed by canine distemper and the plague. As Iceland's only native dog, this breed is considered to be one of the oldest breeds in the world.
Character
The Iceland Sheepdog is strong, robust, and well-built. They are highly regarded for their herding and guarding abilities. This breed is one of stamina and endurance. Iceland Sheepdog's are able to work on any type of terrain and in any type of weather. They possess a happy and gentle expression.
Temperament
A loyal, loving, and hard working breed, the Iceland Sheepdog is active, alert, and energetic. This breed is affectionate, gentle, and friendly. Iceland Sheepdog's do well with children and other pets. They are typically non-aggressive unless they sense danger. They form close attachments to their family and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time.
Care
The Iceland Sheepdog requires occasional brushing as this will minimize loose and dead hair. Dew claw nails must be regularly trimmed. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary.
Coat
The Iceland Sheepdog is a double coat breed. The coat presents in either short or long length. The outer coat is weather-proof, thick, coarse, and straight. The under coat is soft, thick, and dense. This breed is a constant shedder that sheds heavily twice a year.
Training
The Iceland Sheepdog is intelligent, quick to learn, and eager to please. Basic obedience is recommended. The Iceland Sheepdog breed does not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with fairness, firmness, and consistency.
Activity
The Iceland Sheepdog breed is not recommended for apartment living. They require an inordinate amount of exercise, activity, and family interaction. The Iceland Sheepdog requires a rural setting with room to roam and a job to do.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Icelandic Sheepdog puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Anonymous asked:

11/21/2012 7:24:01 PM

11/21/2012 7:24:01 PM

does their fur coat smell like lamb's wool

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Anonymous

No. The dog's fur coat does not smell like lamb's wool.
7/11/2014 11:57:56 AM

Anonymous asked:

7/5/2011 5:17:26 PM

7/5/2011 5:17:26 PM

Do Iceland Sheepdogs have any health issues??? Do Iceland Sheepdogs have any health issues???

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Anonymous

The Iceland Sheepdogs do not have any common health problems. They are known for a fairy healthy breed.
7/11/2014 11:58:48 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/22/2010 5:08:13 PM

12/22/2010 5:08:13 PM

I know this says that Iceland Sheepdogs are really good with other dogs, but I wanted to get a... I know this says that Iceland Sheepdogs are really good with other dogs, but I wanted to get a persons opinion, are they really good with other dogs? And, are they easy to train?

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Anonymous

Iceland Sheepdogs are great with other dogs and very easy to train because they rarly disobey or disrespct their owner.
5/8/2011 4:36:49 PM

Anonymous

I have 2 Icelandics (4 & 7) and they are great with other dogs. Its a really good idea to socialize them on a regular basis to ensure they aren't agressive to otehr dogs or people. invest in a "furanator" as they do shed their under coats. Groom them regularly. Iceland Sheepdogs are easy to train but they need to be worked/exercised.
5/13/2011 1:34:40 AM

Anonymous asked:

9/19/2010 12:32:15 PM

9/19/2010 12:32:15 PM

Do the Iceland Sheepdogs bark? Do the Iceland Sheepdogs bark?

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Anonymous

Yes, Iceland Sheepdogs are known for their barking, but you can train them not to bark.
10/5/2010 4:11:02 AM

Anonymous

YEAH ICELAND SHEEPDOGS ARE KNOWN FOR BARKING BUT TRAINABLE
1/22/2012 8:09:05 PM

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