The ISAA is the parent club for the Icelandic Sheepdog in the American Kennel Club (AKC). "The breed columns are a time-honored feature of the AKC Gazette. Each columnist is appointed by a breed's national parent club, which preserves the breed's standard and helps to educate breeders, judges, and the public about the breed's history, function, and possible health issues. ... Columnists are asked to write about topics of interest to the fancy in general as well as those specific interest to judges and devotees of the breed. The breed columns rotate by group so that each breed's column can appear four times a year."