ISAA Membership Special Report Breeding with the Icelandic Sheepdog in the USA August, 2009
Our active involvement in the Icelandic Sheepdog International Committee (ISIC) has opened the door to our participation in the international community of Icelandic Sheepdog (ISD) clubs. Working with these clubs, we have discovered and have access to exceptional, breed specific, information that has been published on our club website in two sections; the Breeder’s Corner and the ISIC chapter. We value the input of respected researchers who have knowledge and expertise they are willing to share with us. We believe this is an important part of our continuing growth and education as a club.
A report entitled “Analysis of Breeding with the Icelandic Sheepdog” was published years ago using data collected from ISIC clubs. We are excited to announce that we have been working with Dr. Per-Erik Sundgren and have successfully added the U.S. breeding records to that analysis. We are proud to present you with the completed report. Several important conclusions are included which we hope you will find interesting and useful.
Dr. Sundgren has completed extensive study with the ISIC regarding breeding issues specifically related to the ISD. He has generously allowed us to use the articles and publish them. You can find the original report and a great deal of other relevant information on this page http://icelanddogs.com/Dr-Per-Erik.html.
Dr. Sundgren developed the LatHunden Program that makes it possible to analyze the data base of thousands of ISDs in the ISIC database. We encourage you to read the other articles on our club’s website as they contain the most relevant information and scientific study available regarding the breeding of the ISD worldwide.
We welcome your feedback, comments and ideas and encourage you to actively participate in the club’s decision making process. To that end, we have included a page at the end of this report entitled “Conclusions & Survey”. We are interested in specific feedback related to those issues as we continue to work toward incorporating best breeding practices, specific to the Icelandic Sheepdog, for our approved breeders. We invite all members to answer the questions on the last page of this report and email them to us by September 1st so that we can include your feedback in our decision processes regarding these recommendations and represent your wishes at the 2009 ISIC Breeding Conference in October. If we don’t hear from you, we appreciate your continued support as we move forward.
It is our hope that this information, specific to us and our place in the worldwide picture of preserving the ISD through responsible breeding practices, will generate productive dialogue between members, breeders and the ISAA Board of Directors. Our goal is always to ensure the continued health and vitality of Iceland's cultural heritage as represented by the Icelandic Sheepdog.
The ISAA is indebted to Dr. Sundgren, BRCC Committee member Terry Warnock and member Holly Kilpatrick for their tremendous assistance with this project.