The Icelandic Sheepdog is a breed of dog of Spitz type originating from the dogs brought to Iceland by the Vikings. It is of similar type to the Norwegian Buhund and to the ancestor of the modern Shetland Sheepdog and Welsh Corgi.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Other Names for Breed
Chien de berger islandais
Perro de pastor islandés
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
The Icelandic Kennel Club - Hundaræktarfélag Íslands: http://www.hrfi.is/
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
Lögberg-Heimskringla • Online supplement to Issue 13, 2010 - The Icelandic Sheepdog in North America
internal: icelandic sheepdog in north america - laura ford.pdf
Breeding Icelandic Sheepdog article for ISIC 2012 by Wilma Roem
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
The Canadian Kennel Club
Note: The Kennel Club does not recognize the Icelandic Sheepdog.
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
OFA: CHIC: Recommended Health Tests: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=IS
OFA: Breed Summary Report: https://secure.ofa.org/regSums/ICELANDIC SHEEPDOG.pdf
3. Finland: FKC Database: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=289
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/RotuPDF.ashx?R=289&T=2
ISIC: Breeding Recommendations: https://www.icelanddog.org/?page_id=446
ISIC International Policy for Icelandic Sheepdog Mentality and working abilities
ISIC Member Country Reports
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Icelandic Sheepdog International Cooperation: http://www.icelanddog.org/: Member nations are: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and and USA.
Small population breed: Database at ISIC lists registered dogs: "There are 21531 dogs registered in the database today with almost 7000 born from the year 2000 and until today. " (6-24-2022)
ISIC's main purpose is to help and encourage cross-border cooperation in all matters that will benefit and preserve the Icelandic Sheepdog.
Breed is known as: Islenskur fjárhundur * Iceland Dog * Islandsk Fårehund * Isländsk fårhund * Ijslandse hond * Islanninkoira * Icelandic Sheepdog * Islandhund
Oliehoek, P.A., Bijma, P. & van der Meijden, A. History and structure of the closed pedigreed population of Icelandic Sheepdogs. Genet Sel Evol 41, 39 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1186/1297-9686-41-39
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