Monday, November 24, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Icelandic Sheepdog

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The Icelandic Sheepdog is a dog that came to Iceland with the Vikings around the year 900, and it is considered one of the oldest breeds in the world. It is related to the Karelian Bear Dog, but the breeds separated very long ago.

These dogs are versatile and lively, and have been used to herd sheep, cattle, and even horses. They have also been used as watch dogs and general working dogs.

A typical Icelandic Sheepdog is hardy, playful, agile, intelligent, friendly, and inquisitive. They're used to working on their own and figuring things out, and they learn very quickly. That means they're easy to train, but also that unsuspecting owners often teach the dogs things they're not supposed to know.

When it comes to temperament, these dogs are energetic when the occasion calls for it, but have the ability to calm down indoors. They are loyal and love being with family. They are also patient with children, and overall they make great family dogs.

The Icelandic Sheepdog can have long or short coat. Many have two dewclaws on each hind leg. They shed the undercoat twice a year and require a lot of brushing at that time, but other than that they're easy to care for.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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