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We may be biased but we think Icelandic Sheepdogs are very special dogs! These dogs arrived in Iceland with the Vikings in the 9th century. To read about their unique history, please see www.icelanddog.org/history.html. Icelandic Sheepdogs are “just the right size”—neither too big, nor too small. They come in a variety of colours and can be short haired or long haired (all our dogs are long haired). For the CKC breed standard, please see www.ckc.ca/en/Portals/0/pdf/breeds/IES.pdf

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Icelandic Sheepdogs are happy to work and are easily trained. More than anything they like to be with their people. Compared to other dogs we have known well (mostly sporting dogs and terriers), we would say Icelandic Sheepdogs are…. • very loving and bond quickly with their human family; • intelligent and inquisitive; • energetic and full of full; • easy to train and eager to please; • barkers and, although you can mitigate through training, they will always be noisy; • very self-confident (like some Westies we have known!).

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They also do not smell as “doggy” as other dogs—even when wet. They shed a little all year ‘round but “blow” their coats about twice a year—generally speaking, grooming once a week will suffice. Besides being vocal (see barking above), they do not like to be left alone—they need their humans! Although our dogs are always left together if we are heading out, we would not feel comfortable leaving them for more than ½ day at a time. If you work full time away from home, an ISD might not be a good match for you. Those are our experiences with the breed. We know other Icelandic Sheepdog owners who have had issues with “escape artist” dogs but ours have always respected fences/barriers.

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