Faults
Seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in proportion to its degree.
From AKC Standard - Named Faults

HEAD: Faults - yellow or round protruding eyes.

FOREQUARTERS: Faults – No dewclaws.

HINDQUARTERS: Faults – No dewclaws.

COAT: In the show ring, presentation is to be in a natural, unaltered condition. Specimens where the
coat or whiskers have been altered by trimming or clipping shall be so severely faulted as to be
effectively eliminated from competition.

COLOR: Fault – a solid black mantle or saddle on any of the tan colored dogs.

(Overall) - FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault
should be regarded should be in proportion to its degree.

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In Context of AKC Standard for The Icelandic Sheepdog
(Faults with red text)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:  The Icelandic Sheepdog is a Nordic herding Spitz, slightly under medium
sized with prick

SIZE, PROPORTION, SUBSTANCE: Ideal height: Dogs 18”; Bitches
16 ½”. Rectangular and strong. Seen from the side, the dog is rectangular, the length of the body
measured from the point of shoulder to point of buttock is greater than the height at the withers. The
depth of the chest is equal to the length of the foreleg.

HEAD: Strongly built with close fitting skin. Triangular when seen from above or the side.  Skull -
Slightly longer than muzzle and somewhat domed.  Stop – clearly defined though neither steep nor high.  
Nose – Black. Dark brown in chocolate brown and some cream dogs. The nasal bridge is well-
developed and straight. Muzzle slightly shorter than skull. tapering evenly towards the nose to form a
blunt triangle when seen from both above and from the side. Lips - Black, close fitting. Dark brown in
chocolate brown and some cream dogs. Bite: Scissor bite. Teeth - Complete
dentition. Cheeks – Flat. Eyes – Medium size and almond shaped. Dark brown. Slightly lighter in
chocolate brown and some cream dogs. Eyerims are black. Dark brown in chocolate brown and some
cream dogs. Ears – Erect and of medium size. Triangular with firm edges and slightly rounded tips. Very
mobile, reacting sensitively to sounds and showing the dog’s mood.
Faults - yellow or round protruding eyes.

NECK, TOPLINE, BODY: Neck – Moderately long and muscular with no loose skin.  The neck is
slightly arched and the head is carried high. Body – rectangular and strong.  The length is in proportion
to the height and in harmony with general appearance. Back – level, muscular and strong. Loins – broad
and muscular. Croup – moderately short and broad, very slightly sloping and well-muscled. Chest –
long, deep and well-sprung. Belly – Slight tuck up. Tail – high set, curled over and touching the back.

FOREQUARTERS: When seen from the front the forelegs are straight, parallel and strong. Angulation -
Shoulders are well laid back, oblique and muscular.  Dewclaws – Required and may be double.
Forefeet – slightly oval, toes well-arched and tight with well-developed pads.
Faults – No dewclaws.

HINDQUARTERS: When seen from behind the hind legs are straight, parallel and strong. Thighs –
Broad and well-muscled. Dewclaws – Required. Well-developed double dewclaws desirable. Hind feet
– Same as forefeet.  
Faults – No dewclaws.

COAT: Double coat, thick and weatherproof. There are two types: Short-haired – The outer coat of
medium length, fairly coarse, with a thick, soft undercoat. The tail is bushy and the hair length is in
proportion to the coat.  Long-haired –The outer coat is longer than the above, fairly coarse, with a
thick, soft undercoat. The tail is very bushy and the hair length is in proportion to the coat. In both
lengths, the hair is shorter on the face, top of the head, ears and front of the legs; and longer on the
neck, chest and back of the thighs.
In the show ring, presentation is to be in a natural, unaltered
condition. Specimens where the coat or whiskers have been altered by trimming or clipping shall be so
severely faulted as to be effectively eliminated from competition.

COLOR: Several colors are permitted but a single color should always be predominant. The
predominant colors are: various shades of tan, ranging from cream to reddish brown; chocolate brown,
grey, and black. White always accompanies the predominant color. The most common white markings,
which are often irregular, are a blaze or a part of the face, collar, chest, socks of varying lengths and tip
of tail. Lighter shading often occurs on the underside of the dog from throat to tip of tail. On tan and
grey dogs, a black mask, black tips to the outer hairs and even occasional black
hairs often occur. Black (tri-color) dogs have a black coat, white markings as mentioned above and
traditional markings in any of the various tan colors on the cheeks, over the eyes (eyebrows) and on the
legs. Patches of the above colors on a white background (pied) are permitted. White should not be
totally predominant.
Fault – a solid black mantle or saddle on any of the tan colored dogs.

GAIT: Displays agility and endurance with good driving action covering the ground effortlessly.

TEMPERAMENT: The Icelandic Sheepdog is a hardy and agile herding dog which barks, making it
extremely useful for herding or driving livestock in the pastures, in the mountains or finding lost sheep.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is by nature very alert and will always give visitors an enthusiastic welcome
without being aggressive. Hunting instincts are not strong.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is cheerful, friendly, inquisitive, playful and unafraid. A confident and lively
bearing is typical for this dog.

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness
with which the fault should be regarded should be in proportion to its degree.