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We may be slightly biased but we think Icelandic Sheepdogs are very special dogs! To read about the unique history of the breed, please see www.icelanddog.org/history.html Icelandic Sheepdogs are “just the right size” (not too big, not too small) to be a family pet, herding dog, agility dog, or all of the above. They are happy to work and are easily trained and adaptable. For information about the breed standard, please see www.ckc.ca/en/Portals/0/pdf/breeds/IES.pdf Compared to other dogs we have known well (mostly sporting dogs and terriers), we would say Icelandic Sheepdogs….

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* are very loving and bond quickly with their human family; * are intelligent; * are, because of their intelligence, extremely inquisitive; * are easy to train and keen to please; * do not smell as “doggy”—even when wet; * are barkers and, although you can mitigate through training, they will always be noisy; * are very self-confident (like some Westies we have known!); * seem to quickly outgrow the destructive puppy-phase compared to Labs and Goldens we have owned; * 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); * are happy to play all day long—they love to engage with humans and dogs!; * shed a little all year ‘round but “blow” their coats about twice a year—generally speaking, grooming once a week will suffice.

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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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