The Canine and Genetics Project.Dr.Karen Overall.

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New insight as to why some breeds have concerns regarding noise reactivity and performance.Dr.Overall  ( Canine and Genetics Project) found that herding groups have some overlapping genes related to task . Many dogs from  herding groups work as agility, sniffing, service or as herding dogs.The researchers studied three breeds-Australian shepherds,Border collies, and German shepherds.The study is still ongoing.

Canine and Genetics Project

Dr.Karen Overall


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Iceland Dog

This breed is also known as the Iceland Sheepdog, Iceland Spitz, Friaar Dog and comes from Iceland.


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Group: Northern,UKC

History:  This is Iceland’s only native breed which was believed to have been brought in by the Viking settlers in the late 9th or early 10th century.The Iceland Sheepdog was used as  a sheepdog to herd .It has been on the brink of extinction several times, but fortunately this breeds popularity has increased over time.

Physical Description: This breed is a small to medium-size dog that has a strong, triangular shaped head with a muzzle that is shorter than its skull.Their ears are medium sized and have slightly rounded tips.The Iceland’s tail is carried over it’s back and his coat is thick and weather resistant with a thick undercoat

Height: 16-20 inches

Weight: 25-35 pounds

Temperament: The Iceland Sheepdog has a sweet temperament and gets along with children and family.

Activity: Medium to High

This breed needs to be active and to have a job.

Needs: Plenty of exercise,grooming,training, a job such as herding and also socialization.

Health Concerns: Hip Dysplasia


Positive Training


American Kennel Club:

The Iceland Sheepdog Association of America:

National Icelandic Dog Rescue:




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New Trend-Glitter Tattoos For Your Pooch!

Jorge Bendersky,  NY celebrity dog groomer claims that all our fury best friends need that something extra, especially in the summer when most dogs’ coats are kept short.In Upper East Side Manhattan, glitter tattoos are the new trend.

Getting a bling-tastic rose or heart glued to our pooch’s rump is the next crazy new thing!

Jorge Bendersky Link

“Jorge Bendersky, a New York-based ‘pet stylist’ whose client list has included Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs
and Ralph Lauren, told DNA info that he has been inundated with bookings since launching the inking service this spring.

The designs, which cost $100 each and last a few weeks, are typically applied to the animal’s hip or tailbone, with roses, butterflies, hearts and anchors among the most popular requests.

He then uses animal-friendly glue to fix on glitter and rhinestone pieces. The designs stay on for up to three weeks, and finishing spray provides extra hold. ” Mail Online
The trend for crystal tattoos has grown immensely throughout the US.


Mr Bendersky is based at the New York Dog Spa and Hotel in Chelsea and uses a stencil to sketch out a colorful design on the dogs’ coats.All products used are canine friendly and super dog safe.

Claudia Bensimoun

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