The dense coat, either the long or short variety, is a heavy shedder.
The breed is extremely social, loving, and patient with children, making them an ideal family dog. The breed sheds its undercoat twice a year and needs to be brushed when it does. Intelligent and eager to please, Icelandic Sheepdogs are easily trained.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Regular weekly grooming with a pin brush and comb as well as the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Intelligent and eager to please, Icelandic Sheepdogs are easily trained. Regular exercise, with access to a small to moderate-sized secured yard are of the utmost importance for an Icelandic Sheepdog’s long-term physical well-being.
Icelandic Sheepdog &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Icelandic Sheepdogs are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Icelandic Sheepdog can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.