ISIC's main purpose is to help and encourage cross-border cooperation in all matters that will
benefit and preserve the Icelandic Sheepdog.
In 1994 the Icelandic Kennel Club, HRFÍ, and the Icelandic breed club, DÍF, after many years of
work, succeeded in convincing the Icelandic Parliament, the Althingi, that it was a national
responsibility to preserve the Icelandic Sheepdog as an inheritance of Icelandic culture.
Althingi decided to give the Minister of Agriculture the mission to form a committee in Iceland with
the purpose to overlook the future of the Icelandic Sheepdog as a national breed to preserve.
The HRFÍ chairman of that time, Guðrún R. Gudjohnsen, became one of the committee-members.
When the majority of the committee thought they were ready for a final proposal, HRFÍ did not
agree. According to them, a lot of basic information necessary for the final proposal was missing.
HRFÍ and DÍF looked for support abroad, mainly in Sweden, and with the help of the Swedish
breed club, Islandhunden-Sverige, the first international breed-club support was given through a
common document to the Nordic Kennel Union in January 1996, signed by breed clubs and
representatives from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland and Finland.
This was the real start of official international cooperation between responsible breed clubs/ breed
ISIC commitee (ISIC/c): Guðrún R. Guðjohnsen, Hans-Åke Sperne
Secretary: Þorsteinn Thorsteinson at the Geysir meeting
Denmark: Islandsk Fårehundeklub - Svend Brandt Jensen, Chairman
Sweden: Svenska Isländsk Fårhundklubben - Jan Eriksson, Chairman
Norway: Norsk Islandshund Klubb - Liv Sydhagen, Chairwoman
Iceland: Hundaræktarfélag Íslands/ Deild íslenska fjárhundsins - Guðni Ágústsson, Chairman
Holland: Vereniging de IJslandse Hond in Nederland - Árni Eymundsson, Chairman
United States: Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America - Donna McDermott, President
Guest: Sigríður Pétursdóttir
(Not Present: Wilfred Olsen from ISIC/c, Finland, Germany and Canada)
|The Icelandic Sheepdog International Cooperation
|"The cultural inheritance of the Iceland Dog is much more important and
long lasting than a single lifetime of a human being."
|In October, 2008 during the annual Breeding Seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark, the
Sheepdog breedclub outside the FCI which has been recognised by the ISIC breed clubs.