We have loved and studied this breed for many years......so we were happy to wait for THE BEST.
We were fortunate to have his highly respected and successful breeder, breed Thor's litter especially for us.
We chose Thor at the tender age of 8 weeks and were thrilled for him to start his voyage to make his way Down Under. As the breed was not recognised here, the daunting task of achieving this ensued.
Thor exemplifies the breed standard and exudes the quality and hallmarks of the breed.... a pedigree chock full of working Icie's from the Nordic countries...how could we be so fortunate with this boy.
*Excellent construction, correct tail carriage....correct height (males 18 in)...amazing temperament.....and....double dew claws.
Thor looks forward to meeting all and will be out at shows in the very near future.
This hardy Nordic breed is said to have come to Iceland on the longboats of early Viking settlers. The Icelandic Sheepdog has the typical pricked ears, curled tail, thick coat and fondness for barking of his Spitz relatives, along with a cheerful and curious nature. His fans describe him as an entertaining dog with a sense of humour
As the breed almost became extinct, the breed has been fortunate in having some very dedicated individuals contributing to its welfare and preservation.
One of the strategies to keep the breed diverse has been to encourage breeding of dogs descended from the rare family lines, so that their genetic resources will not be lost from the population.
This is not a breed that is suitable for everyone. They can be very vocal and they need both physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis,so they are best suited to energetic owners who are prepared for the challenge of living with an extremely intelligent dog.
To quote one of Iceland's well regarded founding breeders..."Raising an Icelandic Sheepdog
through puppyhood and adolescence is not for sissies."
Some interesting history:
Icelandic Sheepdogs know every individual sheep in their owners’ flocks, presumably by their keen sense of smell. Every fall, their task becomes to seek out and gather all of their sheep, which have scattered across the Icelandic hills during the lush summer grazing months and must be brought home for winter. The dogs travel far and wide, over difficult and often treacherous terrain, to collect their charges and return all of them safely to their owners. Icelandic Sheepdogs are said to be able to find their sheep even if they are buried under many feet of snow.
The first breed standard for the Icelandic Sheepdog was drafted in 1887. It was written in Danish. The first breed club was formed in 1969, for the purpose of preserving and promoting this ancient breed.
The ancestors of the Icelandic Sheepdog are believed to have arrived on the island of Iceland between 874 and 930 AD, coming with the first Norwegian settlers (the Vikings) and their livestock. This is thought to be one of the very oldest of all domestic dog breeds. Icelandic Sheepdogs were described in the Icelandic Sagas more than one thousand years ago and are mentioned in modern literature dating back to the 16th century.
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|Pedigree for BIS Aust.CHAMPION Hidow Viking Voyage|
|Sire : Ch. HIDOW THRYMHEIM VINUR||S: CH. KERSINS LEIFUR HEPPNI (ICELAND)||S: KERSINS GARPUR (ICELAND)|
|D: TYRA (ICELAND)|
|D: CH. THRYMHEIM'S DOFRIA||S: ULLALVAS DOFRI (SWEDEN)|
|D: ARBAKKI BESTLA (ICELAND)|
|Dam : CH. HIDOW TARA||S: THRYMHEIM'S PERRITO||S: VINLANDS SKUGGI|
|D: WOOLFARM'S SKADI (FINLAND)|
|D: BLACKSTAR BRAEDA||S: LOKI FRA SHERWOOD MX MXB MXJ MJB MJP|
|D: YLFA FRA BLUERIDGE|