Icelandic Sheepdog Puppies
If you’ve been looking at Icelandic Sheepdog puppies for your new companion, they make a great dog in the right home.
However, as with any dog, you should do your research before getting one. Here’s what you need to know.
Where To Get Icelandic Sheepdog Puppies
You might be able to find an Icelandic Sheepdog in a shelter or rescue, if you call around and are willing to wait. However, you might end up with a mixed breed or older dog, so adopting requires some flexibility! Icelandic Sheepdogs are very rare and it’s hard to find any purebred puppy in shelters as it is.
Chances are, if you want an Icelandic Sheepdog puppy to raise, you’ll be looking for a breeder. Logi…
There are two types of breeders: ethical breeders and unethical breeders, known as “backyard breeders”.
Good breeders will thoroughly check the health of the parent dogs before ever letting them have puppies together. They’ll DNA test them to ensure they’re purebred, as they thought, and make sure they have great temperaments that will pass down to the puppies. They’ll have waitlists to ensure all puppies are getting a home. The breeder will also be able to provide vet records for the puppy as well as papers, as they should have already started the puppy on shots by the time you get them.
Backyard breeders don’t do all of this. They may not socialize or health check their dogs, may ask to meet in a neutral location, and may sell their puppies cheap on Craigslist. It can be easy to be tempted, but you shouldn’t be, as it’ll cost you a lot later. The vet and training bills will make up for the cheap puppy! Kennelsmars…
An Icelandic Sheepdog can cost anywhere from $1000 to $1500 or higher. Anything lower is a red flag!
These dogs have a prominent white coat with red or grey that can be short or long. They’re small to medium-sized dogs with pricked ears, and well-loved because of how adorable they are!
These dogs are very friendly and generally get along well with everyone — including other pets, such as cats! They can be a great choice if you want a pet that doesn’t have a high prey drive and will get along with smaller animals in the house. However, you should still be careful and socialize/train them early and well to help them live up to their full potential.
Due to being brought up as working dogs, they’re very tough and hardy. They’re also highly intelligent and active, so they will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation. Daily exercise is a must, but so is keeping their mind active. Snuffle mats and puzzles are a great way to do this, as well as trick training. Kenneth_woofs…
Icelandic Sheepdog Puppies – Veterinary Needs
This is a generally healthy breed, you’ll be pleased to know! Their health requirements are mostly that of any dog.
As with every other puppy, vets will give them shots when they’re young. This is usually a series of three or four that starts at around six to eight weeks old and protects against various nasty diseases and viruses that can be fatal such as distemper, parvovirus, etc.. At sixteen to eighteen weeks, they can have their rabies shot (which is mandatory) and will be offered optional immunizations like bordetella, which protects against kennel cough. It’s a good idea to take this.
Afterward, a vet check-up once a year will keep them healthy. Your vet will also give them boosters at this time, though some vaccines may last two to three years. You should keep up with monthly flea and heartworm prevention pills too. Freya…
Owners have strong opinions on which diet is best for dogs. Raw food or kibble?
If you choose to feed your dog kibble, the main thing you should remember is that grain-free food is linked to heart problems in dogs. It may sound healthy — and is marketed to sound so, because brands want to sell it — but avoid it, as it’ll cause problems in the long run. Instead, pick high-quality food with all of the nutrients your dog needs.
Some owners choose to feed their dog raw food, which is also great when done right. Just make sure you do your research or use a subscription service who’ll make the meals for you, as this ensures the dog gets all the nutrients they need. Antonio…
The coat maintenance will depend on whether your dog has a long or short coat. Either way, they will need to be brushed regularly, and you’ll have to trim long coats every now and again. Never shave them!
Nail care, teeth, and ears are also important. Clean their ears and teeth regularly, and clip their nails when needed — usually every six to eight weeks, or when they start to tap on the floor. You can use a Dremel or clippers for this, but make sure to provide lots of their favoirte treats every time you do it — especially if they find it intimidating.