Category: Herding Dogs
Facts about Icelandic Sheepdog, "Scientific name for Icelandic Sheepdog, or domestic canine, is Canis lupus familiaris". The Icelandic sheepdog is a dog variety that belongs to the Spitz category, hailing from Iceland. The Icelandic Sheepdog breed belongs to the same category as that of the Norwegian Buhund variety and to the forerunner of the contemporary Welsh corgi and Shetland sheepdog. The Icelandic Sheepdog is still commonly employed to herd cattle and sheep in the Icelandic landscape.
The fully grown up Icelandic Sheepdog male appears with a average body height at the shoulders of about 16 to 18 inches (40.6 to 45.7 cm) and the average female is 15 to 16.5 inches (38 to 42.6 cm). The average weight is about 20 to 32 pounds (9 to 14.5 kg).
The Icelandic sheepdog appears with a moderately muscular, long, curved and high neck. These breeds have the well sprung chest that is long and deep and reaches their forearm. The Icelandic Sheepdog have a slight upward tuck belly, with high-set, coiled tail, touching the back part of the body. The Icelandic Sheepdogs appear with slanting, well-built shoulders, with one or two dewclaws on each of the hind legs. The Icelandic Sheepdog have forefeet with toes that are oval in shape and they are tight, curved with well-extended pads.
The head of the Icelandic Sheepdog is strongly built, which is somewhat longer than the muzzle, making it appears triangular when viewed from above or the side. The Icelandic Sheepdog have a close-fitting skin, and they appear with a dark brown or black colored nose.
The Icelandic Sheepdog have flat cheeks, with medium-sized, almond-shaped brown color eyes, with black colored eye rims. The medium-sized ears of this breed are erect and triangle in shape, and the Icelandic Sheepdogs are movable while they move in sensitivity with the moods of the dog.
All dogs are identical in makeup big or small– 42 permanent teeth and 321 bones. Icelandic Sheepdog Puppies have 28 teeth and when they become adult dogs they have 42 teeth. Female Icelandic Sheepdogs are in heat for matting for about 20 days twice a year. Icelandic Sheepdog Puppies for their first few weeks will sleep ninety percent of the day and their vision is not fully developed until after the first month. Female Icelandic Sheepdogs are pregnant for 60 days before they’re puppies are born
The Icelandic sheepdog comes with reddish-brown, Tan, chocolate, black, gray, and white colors, but white is a prominent color.
The Icelandic sheepdog is energetic and tough. Agile and hardy, these dog breeds are very useful for driving and herding livestock or discovering the misplaced sheep. However, the Icelandic Sheepdogs are not recognized for hunting, but they are very attentive and will offer visitors a wholehearted welcome at all times, devoid of being aggressive. The Icelandic Sheepdog dog are cheerful and friendly, and are curious, playful and courageous. Generally, these breeds get along well with kids, including with other pets.
Icelandic Sheepdogs sweat glands are between their paw pads.
A Icelandic Sheepdog sees in color and have better low light vision. Icelandic Sheepdogs have three eyelids, a lower lid, an upper eyelid lid and a third lid, that is called a haw or nictitating membrane, this keeps the dogs eye protected and moist. Icelandic Sheepdogs eyes have a special membrane for seeing better at night, called a tapetum lucidum - a dogs reflective layer in the choroid chiefly of nocturnal, causing the eyes to glow when light at night hits the eyes and they consist of some layers of smooth flat cells covered by a section of double deformed crystals
The average lifespan of the Icelandic sheepdog is 12 years. The number one heath problems amongst Icelandic Sheepdogs is obesity, so always make sure your dog doesn't get to fat. Many foot problems that Icelandic Sheepdogs have are just an issue of long toenails.
If purchasing a Icelandic Sheepdog from a breeder, make sure to find a good breeder with references check at least two to three of the puppies that were purchased from this breeder.
The Icelandic Sheepdog belongs in the Herding Group and in 2010 it was recognized by the (AKC) American Kennel Club.
Only humans and dogs have prostates, But a dog doesn't have an appendix.
Icelandic Sheepdog’s nose prints can be used to identify them, their nose prints are like a humans finger print. A Icelandic Sheepdog smells more than 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. A Icelandic Sheepdog’s nose, secretes a thin layer of mucous that helps it absorb scent, after that they lick their noses and sample the scent through their mouth.
Average body temperature for a Icelandic Sheepdog is between 101 to 102.5 degrees
A dog is an omnivore, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). All Dogs are direct descendants of wolves.
dogs pant to keep cool with 10 to 35 breaths per minute with an average of 24 breaths per minute. A large dog breed resting heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats on average between 100 to 140 pant a lot.
A Icelandic Sheepdog’s mouth can apply approximately 150 to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch and an American Pit Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog and a rottweiler can have 320 LBS of pressure on avg.
Icelandic Sheepdogs have two times the amount of ear muscles than people. A Dogs can hear a sound at four times the distance of a human. Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) Def-Hertz is the measurement of frequency, explicitly it's one cycle per second. The higher the Hertz are, the higher the pitched the sound is. Icelandic Sheepdogs hear best at 45,000 Hz to 65,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.