The Icelandic Sheepdog: characteristics and photos
If you decided to get yourself a reliable, loyal and intelligent pet, the Icelandic guard dog is the best fit. Breeders engaged in breeding of this breed, with confidence I can say that flaws in her character and the difficulties of caring for her, until now, has not been noticed.
A bit of history
The Icelandic Sheepdog, or, as it is called, herding Laika is a small national breed of Iceland, originating in the ninth century. It is believed that its ancestors are the dogs of the Germans and Celts who came to these lands in the seventh century from Scotland and Ireland, and later from Norway.
Specifically to create a breed that would be perfect to help the shepherds, no one was going. The one that we have now these animals, the whole merit of evolution. The main bar Iceland were farmers, so Laika, thanks to its herding talents quickly won their love and respect.
The Icelandic Sheepdog was used to guard sheep, accompany them to pasture and back home. When there was a danger to the herd from predators, Laika showed, seemingly uncharacteristic of her bravery and aggressiveness against the enemy and defended his players to the last breath. Despite its relatively small size and good-natured character.
We can say that the attitude of the Icelandic dogs in farm families was always special. They were treated not just as labor, but as full members of the family, although they lived on the street along with other animals.
In the beginning of the nineteenth century, the country was an outbreak of canine distemper, which almost destroyed this breed. But then came to the aid of enthusiasts, and they still managed to keep the Icelandic huskies. I must say that in Europe they did not become popular.
The breed standard of the Icelandic watchdog adopted in 1898 in Denmark. It is also officially recognized in the UK. Unfortunately, the breed is still not sufficiently widespread. Worldwide, there are about 3.5 thousand of its representatives.
The Icelandic sheep breed is a well-built, strong and sturdy animals. Its ability to protect house and livestock grazing and highly sought after. The Icelandic Sheepdog which characteristic is almost flawless, always full of vitality and extremely tough. It can be used for work in all weather conditions and terrain types. It is also well-versed in the area, very patient and calm.
The animal is calm, friendly and cheerful disposition. She is affectionate, loyal and loving dog. Icelandic husky gets along well with other Pets. In addition, she's great with young children.
The animals will almost never show their aggressiveness, with the exception of those cases when you feel any danger. They quickly become attached to people and love to be in their company. If a dog much alone, she may experience a lot of stress.
The Icelandic Sheepdog, a photo of which is presented in this article has two layers of wool. The first of these can be both long and short, but always straight, thick and coarse, which protects the animal from virtually any weather. The second layer is the undercoat. It's always soft, dense and thick. Molting happens all the time, but actively increases 2 times a year – spring and fall.
To avoid random hair loss, the animal needs to be brushed quite hard and thick brush. Bathe the dog only when absolutely necessary. Also need from time to time to trim her claws.
Since the Icelandic Sheepdog is very smart, she needs no special training. It will be enough to pass her course so-called total obedience. It is highly recommended not to apply the heavy-handed and crude methods. Much better if the training will be done sequentially based on firmness and fairness. She learns very quickly and always tries to win the love and the location of their owners.
The Icelandic Sheepdog absolutely neprisposoblen to life in a city apartment. Since it was originally a working breed, she needs regular exercise and constant activity. That is why this dog is best kept in a private house or farm, where it will be a lot of space for walking or there is some kind of work.
Icelandic husky can be used in hunting small game, but still more benefits it can bring if it is to protect livestock.
As mentioned above, herding huskies failed to gain popularity in Europe, being known only on the territory of their historical homeland. Them and is still used as shepherds and guards. In addition, they were part of the original national colors of Iceland, which attracts tourists from all over the world.