Our first Icelandic sheepdog came to us as an 8 week old puppy. We named her
Belle and she was the most amazing dog we had ever met. As Belle grew, she was a natural at
herding our Icelandic sheep, but we adored her because of her sweet, sweet temperament. Visitors
and friends would often ask if we were ever going to breed Belle, because everybody who met her,
wanted an Icelandic sheepdog puppy. Belle (at right) is shown below with Vinur (left) who is also
one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met. Unfortunately at a year old, he had seizures, so we had
him neutered. He lived with Papa Willie until Papa passed away at age 89. Now Vinur (2013) lives
with my oldest daughter Amy.
Over the years, we have lived with and loved many
Icelandic sheepdogs. But in order to raise our dogs in
a family and not a kennel!!! (this breed should never,
ever be kenneled), we have had to sometimes, sadly,
rehome some of our beloved dogs. Some because
their health tests were less than the quality acceptable
to us for breeding (i.e. hips or eyes) and also because
we did not want anything less than the most perfectly
sweet and loving temperament to be passed on in the
genetics of the breed.
As of 2013, we now only have two females, our Esja
and Koltryna and one neutered male, Bjarki. We will
still breed an occasional litter of puppies, but only if we
have a waiting list of families waiting for a special
Lavandel Kennel puppy.
Please note that we can no
longer ship our puppies via airlines so if you wish
to have one of our puppies join your family, you
will need to travel to our home to pick up your
puppy in person. This is because of the
implementaton of new
USDA/APHIS regulations.
Our love affair with the Icelandic
sheepdog began with our first puppy,
Belle (shown above). Click on the links
below to see our history with the
Icelandic sheepdog. Please note that in
order to continue to be a breeder that is
approved by the ISAA, the females are
only to have four litters. Well, since they
can be as young as six years old by then,
they must be retired. Because this breed
is a breed that must be part of a family,
and not part of a huge pack or kenneled,
this means that we have to make hard
decisions in order to keep breeding age
females in our family. So our best and
sweetest dogs have gone on to bring joy
to other families in their maturity. This is
very painful for our own family however,
and for that reason, we are cutting back
our breeding and our own numbers of
Icelandic sheepdogs because it is just too
hard to let them go. Note also that having
multiple intact females in one family
creates strife due to the hormones, so this
is also why we are having to cut back our
dog family.