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Icelandic Sheepdog

Breed origin: Scandinavia
Original purpose: Herding dog evolved to suit the harsh Icelandic climate.

AKC recognized: Not yet
AKC group: Miscellaneous Class

Size: Height: males around 18 inches; females around 16½ inches
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Color: Shades of tan (ranging from cream to reddish brown), chocolate brown, gray, or black, with white markings; black tricolor or chocolate tricolor; white with patches of any of the above colors.

General characteristics/temperament: The Icelandic Sheepdog is hardy, agile, outgoing, cheerful, intelligent, inquisitive, playful, gentle, and courageous. They are quick learners and are eager to please. They are friendly and affectionate with both people and other dogs. They will bark a welcome to announce the arrival of visitors, but are not protective or aggressive.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

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Intelligent? Yes

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Recommended books for further reading:

Northern Breeds (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Margaret H. Bonham
Published in 2001
96 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Wikipedia breed information page

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