The Icelandic Sheepdog is a spitz-type smart, playful, friendly and inquisitive yet hardy, agile and versatile shepherd dog. The dog is much loved in their native country for being tireless working dog and passionate companion. The breed is exceptionally sociable, cooperative, loving, caring, affectionate and loyal besides protective and intelligent. Easy trainable, they get along well with young children and other family pets, tenacious, submissive and devoted this breed is alert around its flock. They stay eager to play and please the family.
The breed of Icelandic Sheepdog is small to medium sized with tough physique. Slightly longer in length than in height, they possess strength, speed and stamina equal in comparison of large herding dogs. Pricked ears and tail curled over the back with fluffy coat appears soft in sensation. This breed of dog is available in short as well as in long coat varieties which could be tan, golden, black and in many other colors and combinations either solid or with marking. They shed twice a year and need more grooming efforts during these seasons. The gait is easygoing, free and alert with exceptionally good maneuverability. Smart size is comfortable while penetrating among the flock for rapid reactions. The expression is keen, watchful and impressive.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is medium-sized dog of spitz-type; the breed resembles with Norwegian Buhunds and is possibly ancestor of current Shetland Sheepdogs and Welsh Corgis. The breed was brought to Iceland by the Scandinavian people who raided the coasts of Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries. The dog was used as cattle guardian, driving and herding dog besides general work. They became quickly adoptable to local climatic conditions and terrain. Because of the ability to work in Icelandic regions the dog became a non-avoidable yet compulsory part of farmer’s family, their livestock and farmhouses. The breed is considered an oldest dog and the only local breed of Iceland. The breed is gaining popularity around the world even numbers are small still. This sheepdog has been recognized by American kennel Club in 2010 and categorized in herding dog group.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is an energetic breed able to work hard or herd for complete day long. This versatile herder is also an effective guardian and cattle driver besides passionate family pet. It barks to bring cattle and sheep in flock order while moving rapidly around the herd for controlling meanwhile the dog remains watchful for any threatening wilds for the protection of its territory. Self-sufficient, intelligent and sensible, this dog is sharp in finding lost sheep in mountains.
The breed is suspicious of dogs and other animals for the s/pake of safety, however sociable with other pet dogs in the house if grown together. Tenderness is visible towards animals in the flock; this breed mostly greets the visitors enthusiastically alike. This dog is neither a hunter nor a watchdog but a cheerful playmate. The Icelandic Sheepdogs bond strongly with family and suffer separation anxiety when left away from their families. An adequate amount of exertion is needed to satisfy them for their physical stimulation. Remember every unsatisfied dog would react either aggressively or destructively, to bring tranquility of mind, ensure your dog is properly exercised. Moderate walks or play sessions at yard along with herding activities would serve for their exercise purposes.
The breed is easy in socialization training, they respond well to new challenges and submissive to owner’s commands. Plan training sessions of small intervals, use polite and interactive methods and diverse routines. Make sure that the dog knows, human is the alpha among them and every human comes above the dog in order of pack, owner should exercise full authoritative control of a true leader of the pack. Its job orientation suggests an open house with fenced yard, but the dog can be accommodated in apartment living with assurance of exercise satisfaction.
Owner Should Know
The Icelandic Sheepdog is generally healthy yet requires heavy grooming. The dog sheds twice a year, a little more care is needed during shedding seasons. Long haired variety should be combed twice a week to remove dead hairs.
The dog thrives when on job or under the attention of its family. They need handsome amount of exercises for their physical satisfaction. A yard opening from house is better to share family and yard time.
They are not outdoor dogs and would prefer to live inside. Leaving them alone for very long time would introduce behavioral issues in them. They may get destructive and aggressive.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppy, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.