The seminar will be facilitated by breed expert and FCI Judge Guðrún Ragnars Guðjohnsen. Please see the attached flier, registration form and Q &
A for more information. This is a wonderful opportunity and will likely be Ms.Guðjohnsen's last trip of this kind to the USA.

Please consider joining us for the seminar and for the Rose City Classic. Judges Education presenters or those who wish to become presenters are
strongly encouraged to attend the seminar. While the seminar is one afternoon, you can stretch it into a four day weekend of fun with your ISD friends.

Of course, if you cannot attend, we welcome donations in support of the Judges Education Committee's work and to fund events like this in the future.
Please make checks payable to ISAA and send donations to: ISAA Judges Education Committee, PO Box 13116, Burton, WA 98013.

Best regards,
ISAA Judges Education Committee

Understanding & Applying the AKC Standard for the Icelandic Sheepdog
A Special Seminar Offered to ISAA Members
By the ISAA Judges Education Committee

With Expert on the Icelandic Sheepdog and FCI Judge, Guðrún R. Guðjohnsen

Date: Friday, January 21, 2011 – 4 Hours
Time: 12 to 4 p.m. (Time may be changed depending on showtimes)
Cost: $100
Location: Red Lion Hotel on the River – Janzen Beach – Portland, OR

Registration Deadline: November 15, 2010

Apply your learning directly to your ISDs and/or breeding program
Pre Seminar Individual Evaluations of Icelandic Sheepdogs are available at $25 per dog (Same form as used at the 2009 ISAA National)

*(This seminar is offered in conjunction to the Rose City Classic Dog Show)*
ISAA Judges Education Presenters are strongly encouraged to attend.

Relevant Information


                     1.        Understanding the AKC standard for the Icelandic Sheepdog;
2.        Applying the standard to a breeding program.

This seminar will include:
• A brief history of the Icelandic Sheepdog
• General Appearance• Important Proportion • Behavior and Temperament
    • Type and General Appearance from nose to tail

About the presenter:

Judge Guðjohnsen was the founder of the Icelandic Sheepdog International Cooperation (ISIC), the long time president of the Icelandic Kennel Club
(HRFI) and the ISD Breed club, DIF. She is also one of three recognized experts on the ISD. She now sits on ISIC Committee (Board of Directors)
and is considered responsible for the ISIC. Her kennel name is translated to English as “Iceland’s Garden” and Gudrun bred the first conformation
champion ISD. For more information:

Understanding & Applying the AKC Standard for the Icelandic Sheepdog

Registration Form
Registration Receipt Deadline: November 15, 2010

Please complete this form and mail with check written to ISAA to:

ISAA Judges Education Committee
PO Box 13116
Burton, WA 98013

Name: ______________________________________

Address: ____________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________

Email: ______________________________________

• Seminar Only: $100 x _____ = $ _______________

• ISD Evaluation: $25 x _____ = $_______________

• Donation to ISAA Judges Education: $ _________

Total Enclosed: $__________

Please make check payable to ISAA.

Sorry, no refunds will be given.

AKC Registered Name(s) of dog(s) to be evaluated:



• I am comfortable with my dog(s) being used by Gudrun as an example of a strength or area needing improvement during the seminar.

• I am NOT comfortable with my dog(s) being used by Gudrun as an example of a strength or area needing improvement during the seminar.

Understanding & Applying the AKC Standard for the Icelandic Sheepdog Seminar Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My dog was evaluated by Gudrun at the 2009 National. Do I need to have it done again?
A: No. Simply bring along a copy of the information so that you can apply it to your learning. If your dog was a puppy, you may wish to have him/her
evaluated as an adult but evaluations are not necessary for anyone attending the seminar.

Q: How do I find out more about the four Rose City Classic AKC Dog Shows going on that weekend?

Q: Will other ISDs be entered in the shows at the Rose City Classic?
A: Yes. Please join us and let’s create a nice turnout with majors for both sexes.

Q: When are the conformation shows and how do I register my dogs?
A: There are shows on four days; Thursday, January 20th thru Sunday the 23rd. All entries are made through Onofrio. Entries close in early January.

Q: Because the evaluations take place before the seminar, does my dog need to attend the actual seminar with me?
A: No. In fact, we prefer that dogs who are not able to stay crated quietly for up to four hours be left in the care of someone not attending the seminar.
Gudrun may wish to use a couple of dogs as examples and she will select which dog she will use. If you are not comfortable with your dog(s) being used
as examples (either positive or negative), please let us know by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.

Q: How much time will each evaluation take?
A: Approximatley15 minutes. 15 minute maximum

Q: Will lunch or snacks be provided?
A: No. Coffee, decaf, tea and water will be provided. If you would like to bring along some baked goodies, however, no one will object. There is a
restaurant in the hotel that serves lunch.

Q: Do I need to understand the standard before attending?
A: No. The seminar is appropriate for all levels of learners. However, your learning experience will be much greater if you are familiar with the written
standard and illustrated standard. If you are unfamiliar with the standard, please visit the ISAA Website Illustrated Standard Section.

Q: Do I need to understand dog anatomy prior to attending?
A: No. The seminar is appropriate for all levels of learners. However, your learning experience will be much greater if you are familiar with the basic
mechanics of dogs and their structure. We can recommend some reading if you wish that can help in this regard. But, that is not necessary.

Q: Can we sign up for the evaluation and/or the seminar on the day it is held?
A: No. All registrations are due by November 15th. This will allow volunteers time to finalize details so we can all have as much fun as is possible.  

Q: I don't have an Icelandic Sheepdog yet want to come to the seminar. Do I still have to pay?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I observe the evaluations of others?
A: No. Evaluations are confidential. You, your dog(s), Gudrun and the scribe will be the only people present. Individuals may choose to share that
information in the seminar during the Q & A time but that is up to each individual.

Q: I didn’t attend the 2009 National. What will this evaluation tell me?
A: Your dog will be compared to the different sections of the AKC Standard in each of the categories. Each person will receive specific feedback about
their dog in regard to strengths and weaknesses as compared to each section in the AKC Standard for the Icelandic Sheepdog. Those are: General
Appearance; Size, Proportion, Substance; Head; Neck, Top Line, Body; Forequarters; Hindquarters; Coat; Color; Gait; Temperament and Faults.
This information is important to anyone who is considering breeding their Icelandic Sheepdog(s), those who show or those who participate in
companion events like agility.

Q: What does the evaluation form look like? A: See below.

Judges Signature                                                                                                                    Date

Q: Can I stay at the hotel if I wish?
A: Yes! This is the link for the hotel. Special room rates are available if you mention the Rose City Classic and the Red Lion is a dog friendly hotel. If
you join their club, there is no charge for pets.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to write to the ISAA Judges Ed Committee at  
To print the flyer below
Dogs Name
1. Overall Impression
2. Coat
3. Head
4. Bite/Mouth
5. Eyes
6. Ears
7. Chest
8. Front Angulation
9. Back Angulation
10. Topline
11. Tail
12. Movement
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to a very special seminar entitled:
Understanding and Applying the AKC Standard for the Icelandic Sheepdog.