Icelandic Sheepdog dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: Iceland
- Group: Shepherd and Cattle
- Weight: 9-14 kg
- Height: Males: 46 cm Females: 42 cm
- Colors: white gold, white-gray, black, and white chocolate
- Training: easy to train
- Grooming: needs exercise
- Temperament: alert, energetic, agile
- Health: robust and resistant
- Litter size: 4 - 8 puppies
- Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
- Other names: Icelandic Sheepdog, Iceland Sheepdog, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Islenkur Fjárhundur, Icelandic Dog
Icelandic Sheepdog is the only breed native to Iceland. He is a shepherd on small furry used as a guard dog, shepherd or a utility. This dog has a bushy tail that gate back, short legs and appearance of a fox.
His nose is generally a darker color than the body. The Icelander is a strong and agile dog that will make much noise when you want something. It is also active and lively, but also affectionate and loyal.
Icelandic Sheepdog is only dog originating in Iceland. He was brought to Iceland with the Vikings early settlers (874-930 i. Hr.), Taking the name "Viking dog". Icelandic Sheepdog adapted to local conditions, organizing the farm and the hard struggle for survival of the Icelandic people over the centuries, making it indispensable in pastured cattle.
Icelandic Shepherd's popularity has grown in recent decades and, despite still very limited number of copies, he no longer considered endangered.
According to research undertaken on the origin of this breed, it looks like this shepherd were descended from dogs brought to Iceland by Scandinavian settlers and is probably a relative of Norwegian Buhund's.
It can be found under the names: Icelandic Spitz Dog Iceland, Icelandic Shepherd, Islenskur fjarhundur, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Canis islandicus, Dog Iceland Dog Friaar, Iceland Icelandic Sheepdog or Spitz.
Food Icelandic Sheepdog
Shepherd of Iceland food must be rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins. If you offer home-cooked meals or you buy it at the store, be sure to be one quality in terms of nutrition.
It is recommended to divide the daily diet in 2-3 meals for proper digestion and leave your dog after every meal to make a break for 15-30 minutes. Not recommended corn, but no excluded.
You can give smaller amounts or mixed with other foods. Under no circumstances do not give him chocolate or other sweets. Dog does not do well, do some dogs are allergic and skin allergies or stomach (which can be seen in the low level of activity).
If you want spoiled by something "sweet" or goodies you can buy them from a store specialty dog biscuits, bones, etc.
Description Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdog has a big nose and lips black pigmented. The head is domed and has a compact snout. It has robust forelimbs and double spurs similar Lundehund race. Icelandic Sheepdog is a Nordic Spitz type dog, a little below average size, ears pricked and tail curled.
Seen from the side, the dog fit into a rectangle; body length from shoulder to base of tail is greater than the height at the withers.
The depth of the chest is equal to the length foreleg. His head is covered by skin compact and tight. Cranial region is slightly longer than the face, giving it an overall head triangular profile.
Nose is black or dark brown to lighter colored dogs. Icelandic Shepherd eyes are medium sized, almond, hazel and free edges of the eyelids are black. Medium and triangular ears are carried high and are very mobile.
Neck, medium length, is muscular and arched. The back is strong. Thorax or is long and deep. The tail is set high, twisted, reaching behind. Icelandic Shepherd's forelegs are straight, parallel and strong and are provided with oval paws, fingers compact, curved, cushioned well developed. Hind legs are set with 1-2 spurs.
The look of this dog express tenderness, intelligence and vivacity. There are two varieties of this dog hair, short and long term, both incredibly dense and weatherproof. The coloring of the coat can be reddish-brown, chocolate, gray, black, but the predominant color must be white. In addition, there is a marked difference in appearance of the two sexes.
Icelandic Sheepdog adult can reach a height at the withers around 31-41 cm and weighs about 9-14 kg.
Behavior Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdog is a hardy and energetic dog. Being a sheepdog and Cattle tenacious and agile, it is extremely useful to control or Manar cattle on mountain pastures and finding lost sheep. Native Icelandic Shepherd is very vigilant and always will make guests a warm enthusiastic without being aggressive. Hunter's instincts are not highly developed. Icelandic Sheepdog is welcoming, friendly, inquisitive, playful and brave.
Icelandic Sheepdog needs plenty of activity and movement and also must keep close contact with his family. Many of these dogs have anxiety related to staying home alone, and that because they are not dogs to stand alone for prolonged periods of time.
Most of Icelandic shepherd loves children and gets along well with other dogs or other pets.
Although they are small dogs, Icelandic Shepherds are happiest on a property in rural areas where they can frolic freely. However, if you want to grow in an apartment a dog is also good to know that it is imperative to not overlook hours of motion. Dogs are cheerful, lively, active and very attentive to everything that happens around them.
As long as their owners are around, Icelandic Shepherds will stretch for peacefully for hours, under the desk, in a corner, out the door, guarding and waiting. When they are taken out are a true delight, being willing to do all kinds of tricks to attract the attention of their owners.
Training Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic shepherd dogs are affectionate, intelligent and always willing to please their owners, which makes them very easy to train.
As with other Spitz, hardness should not make its way into their training program.
What is more difficult is to learn to do their physiological needs outside the home, but with patience and perseverance, and learn it fast. Also, as with other breeds, the Icelandic Shepherd must receive proper socialization from childhood.
Characteristics Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdog is a very active breed that should benefit from the move every day. It can be taken daily for long walks or walking can be replaced with an hour of jogging. Besides, you can be confident that it will be more than happy if you give them a few rounds of play.
Icelandic Sheepdog has a double coat, thick and compact, which gives him the dog's ability to withstand any weather conditions. There are two varieties of hair. Icelandic shepherd shorthaired have protective outer hair of medium length, quite often rough and a protective soft puff.
His hair is shorter on the face, top of the head, ears and limbs on the front and longer in the neck, chest and back of the thighs.
The tail is bushy and the hair that covers it has about the same length as the one that covers the body. Icelandic shepherd with long hair have outer hair longer than the previous, quite often rough and downy soft.
The hair is shorter on the face, top of the head, the ears and on the front limbs and longer behind the ears, neck, chest, back of the forelegs and thighs. Its tail is very bushy and the hair that covers it is directly proportional to the length of the hair that covers the body.
This dog sheds and generally change their hair twice a year. Icelandic sheepdog is said to have the capability to support his body clean. To ensure that the fur to stay in good conditions, simply brushing and combing 2-3 times a week is sufficient.
One important thing that you have to keep in mind is to shorten nails spurs them regularly because they do not come into contact with the ground to fret and can quickly become very long.
Health Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic shepherd dogs are robust and resistant, hardened lands Iceland, so do not have too many "defects".
Their main condition is apparently as hip dysplasia.
The average life expectancy of Icelandic Shepherd is 11-12 years.