PLEASE CONSIDER THIS BEFORE YOU TAKE A DOG INTO YOUR LIFE.  WE CARE WHERE OUR PUPPIES GO AND
WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY.  DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO THEM!

Puppy's Last Words


DEAR MOM AND DAD,
I DIED TODAY.

YOU GOT TIRED OF ME AND TOOK ME TO THE SHELTER.
THEY WERE OVERCROWDED AND I DREW AN UNLUCKY NUMBER.

I AM IN A BLACK PLASTIC BAG IN A LANDFILL NOW. SOME OTHER PUPPY WILL GET THE BARELY USED
LEASH YOU LEFT. MY COLLAR WAS DIRTY AND TOO SMALL, BUT THE LADY TOOK IT OFF BEFORE SHE SENT
ME TO THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.

WOULD I STILL BE AT HOME IF I HADN'T CHEWED YOUR SHOE? I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS, BUT IT WAS
LEATHER, AND IT WAS ON THE FLOOR. I WAS JUST PLAYING.
YOU FORGOT TO GET PUPPY TOYS.

WOULD I STILL BE AT HOME IF I HAD BEEN HOUSEBROKEN? RUBBING MY NOSE IN WHAT I DID ONLY MADE
ME ASHAMED THAT I HAD TO GO AT ALL. THERE ARE BOOK AND OBEDIENCE TEACHERS THAT WOULD HAVE
TAUGHT YOU HOW TO TEACH ME TO GO TO THE DOOR.

WOULD I STILL BE AT HOME IF I HADN'T BROUGHT FLEAS INTO THE HOUSE? WITHOUT ANTI FLEA MEDICINE,
I COULDN'T GET THEM OFF OF ME AFTER YOU LEFT ME IN THE YARD FOR DAYS.

WOULD I STILL BE AT HOME IF I HADN'T BARKED? I WAS ONLY SAYING "I'M SCARED I'M LONELY, I'M HERE!
I'M HERE!"  I WANT TO BE YOUR BEST FRIEND.

WOULD I STILL BE AT HOME IF I MADE YOU HAPPY?
HITTING ME DIDN'T MAKE ME LEARN HOW.

WOULD I STILL BE AT HOME IF YOU HAD TAKEN THE TIME TO CARE FOR ME AND TO TEACH MANNERS TO
ME? YOU DIDN'T PAY ATTENTION TO ME AFTER THE FIRST WEEK OR SO, BUT I SPENT ALL MY TIME WAITING
FOR YOU TO LOVE ME.

I DIED TODAY.
LOVE, YOUR PUPPY

--Unknown.
The Icelandic Sheepdog
Breed Standards
Breed Standards
The Iceland Dog is a happy and lively dog that easily gets
attached to the family and would follow it everywhere if it
could. It is very friendly and good with children. Its lively
nature is mostly expressed outdoors and it easily calms
down and will lie down next to its master's feet, when the
family is calm
.
This lively, easily barking dog is very quick and cooperative,
but also possesses an independent nature. Important
qualities that have been developed during hundreds of years
as a sheepdog.

The tendency to bark comes from its sheepdog instincts,
which gets the sheep and horses to move or keeps birds of
prey away from the lambs.

The job of protecting the lambs from birds of prey has given
the dog an excellent sight that can spot the birds very high
up in the sky, often far too high for people to spot. A flock
of birds will, without fail, release an eager barking. But as it
is a very bright dog, it is not an impossible task to teach it to
be quiet, if so desired.
It requires a consistent, but not a strict upbringing.

It is not a guard dog, but it is still a dependable watchdog, that
barks but does not bite.

It adjusts itself easily into the family's daily patterns in the city as
well as in the country, however it is not a dog for inactive people.

The Iceland Dog is a small, strong and robust spitz that is not put
off by trackless countryside or foul weather. It has a strong,
resilient and short body, and is light and agile on foot. The coat is
thick and water resistant, but has great variation. It can be both
very short hair as well as long hair. But regardless of length of hair
it has a very warm undercoat to keep it warm and dry under any
weather condition. The color varies from cream/yellow over
reddish and brown to grey/black or a combination of these colors.
At the shoulder it measures 38-48 cm. (15 - 19 Inches)

A special characteristic for the breed is, that it has wolf-claws on
the hind legs, preferably double, but single claws are acceptable
too.
Our Thanks to The Iceland Dog Club in Denmark for the use of this description.
The Iceland Dog Club in Denmark
The Iceland Dog Club in Denmark
Traits and Oddities!
1: We do like to bark!  But only when something doesn't seem right!
2: We like to be brushed daily or we will leave hair everywhere! Less if brushed!
3: We will be your shadow even when the sun is gone.  We thrive on attention!
4: We love kids! No matter what their age!  We get along well with other animals!
5: We stay puppies for at least 1 1/2 years but do potty train at a younger age!
6: Double dewclaws!  Yes! Some have them! Others don't!  It's only 2 more nails to clip!
7: We have one of the fastest tongues in Dogdom, and we're not afraid to use it!