Breeding Review and Compliance Committee
The ISAA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the formation of The ISAA Breeding Review and Compliance Committee (BRCC).
This action was taken in response to the departure of Knox Rhine and the need to disperse duties as the club continues to grow and
prosper. These jobs are simply too much for one person to do and we wish to provide good stewardship of our volunteer resources as
they are a tremendous gift to the club. Please join me in thanking Maggý Pease, Shellie Greyhavens, Terry Warnock and Laurie Ball-
Gisch for stepping up to the task so that our service to breeders and members will be uninterrupted.

The new process is simple. Basically, it is one stop shopping. The breeder will use a form similar to the one that has been utilized on the
"application" page found in Breeder's Corner in the ISAA website for some time. All you will need to do to start the process is go to that
(, enter your information and hit send. That will tell us there is work to be done
and we will respond to you within two business days.

You will find the BRCC Goals below. If, while reading these goals, you decide you would like to assist the BRCC in attaining these goals,
please let me know. We welcome volunteerism and our club depends on it as we are an all volunteer organization.   

You will also find the Terms and Conditions for Litter Application attached. These were originally drafted by the BOD in 2007 and were
recently amended to incorporate the BRCC information. They have been posted, as updated on the same page as the application.

The website is being worked on at this moment as we attempt to update all relevant documentation and information. We ask for your
patience during that process.

Beginning today:

Please send all photographs related to your litter, "update photos" or information that needs to be amended on your breeder page directly

Please send litter application fees to Judi Vittetoe (ISAA Treasurer). Judi's mailing address is on the attachment entitled Terms and

We would also like to announce that the BRCC is offering a service to breeders who are considering potential matches. You can request
an analysis of your bitch and dog's pedigrees regarding known, published data. The data provided may included hips, eye health and other
related information. The analysis can take up to two weeks to complete, so please allow sufficient time if your bitch is coming into heat.  

If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you
as we all work together to preserve our beloved, healthy Icelandic Sheepdog.  

Best regards,




ISAA Breeding Review and Compliance Committee (BRCC)

1.        Generate a list of genetic defects occurring in the Icelandic Sheepdog by surveying members and owners. This list will be made  
available to the public including the mode of inheritance when known.
2.        Form and provide oversight for committees to assess the impact of each trait on the breed.
3.        Advocate for the registration of dogs and bitches affected with genetic defects and those known to carry genes.
4.        Advocate for the registration of dogs and bitches known to be free of genes for various undesirable traits.
5.        Maintain Health and Genetics website to insure that information is available in that open registry.
6.        Determine which defects should be attacked on a breed-wide basis.
7.        Develop articles for the Health and Genetics website that specifically address diseases that occur in the ISD, clinical
signs, methods of diagnosis, age, onset, mode of inheritance, potential treatments and prognosis.
8.        Develop a page on the H&G website that discusses the rational of the various systems that can be used to control disease
and how to handle carriers and potential carriers of the various traits.
9.        Provide strong support for those breeders and owners with the honesty, courage and foresight to openly register dogs
affected with genetic disease, because there is no hope for control without knowledge. Clearly state that the best course
is to openly discuss dogs with defects or those that produce defects when selling a show dog, breeding prospect, pet dog
or stud service.

As of March 15, 2008, the ISAA is working on goal numbers 1, 2-5, 7 & 9. If you would like to assist the BRCC to achieve these goals,
please contact the

*Adopted from: George A. Padgett, DVM Control of Canine Genetic Diseases, pgs. 8 & 9

The BRCC was formed by vote to the ISAA’s Board of Directors on March 14, 2008.