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OUR Icelandic Sheep Dogs
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Sheepdogs are loyal, hard working, and loving pets.
We should know... we have 9 of them! From the "spitz"
family of dogs, it is believed this breed was introduced to Iceland
with the first settlers. At one point distemper ravaged the islands
and devastated the breed, but dedicated enthusiasts from Great Britain
and Iceland brought the breed back from extinction. Today, Icelandic
sheepdogs are used as companions, and yes..sheepdogs.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is well muscled, with a tapering muzzle,
black nose, and a tail that curves over the back. The Icelandic
Sheepdog comes in two coats, a shorter fur which lies close to the
body, or a longer fur which is similar to a golden retriever or
springer spaniel. Both are recognized variations within the same
breed. The dogs can be chestnut, fawn, gray, black mixed with some
white, or all white. They are intelligent, loving, active... and
love to eat. Believe it or not, the breed prefers fish! And they
seem to get along well with other animals.
Sheepdogs do require some brushing and regular grooming, due to
a heavy undercoat, especially in the spring as they start to shed
their winter coats. They are clean, and will groom themselves often...
two dogs will groom each other. Compared to some breeds, they require
moderate exercise... not the daily rampages of a lab for example,
but they'll be happiest when exercised and given a task to do. Unlike
other breeds, which mature in about a year, it can take as much
as a year and a half to two years for the Icelandic Sheepdog's character
to fully develop. Something to consider if you're looking at getting
We've been working to introduce this wonderful breed to the United
States, and our dogs reflect both the temperament and the colors
characteristic of the breed. Meet
P.O. Box 54
Limerick, ME 04048