Asta is here visiting for the weekend so I figure it’s only fair she gets a formal introduction.
Asta – formally Kersins Asta CGC – is a nine-month-old Icelandic Sheepdog who came all the way from a kennel in Iceland. Her owner is a breeder here in the states and a good friend of mine. Because I love puppies and to avoid littermate syndrome with another puppy the breeder was raising at the time, Asta lived with me for a few months in the fall to go through puppy classes and I will be showing her in conformation a bit this year.
She is related to our Jeni in a convoluted way (Asta’s mom’s littermate is Jeni’s grandpa) and they are very similar, though I’m pretty sure it’s more of a breed thing than the fact they are related.
Speaking of the breed – for those that are not familiar with Icelandic Sheepdogs, some great places to learn more about then include the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America and Icelandic Sheepdogs in America. If there’s one thing you need to know about them – they bark. A lot.
Right now, Asta is here for a United Kennel Club show on Saturday. The United Kennel Club (UKC) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) are the two most common and reputable conformation showing venues. The AKC hosts the Westminster Dog Show that will be on Monday and Tuesday next week and is probably the most commonly recognized dog show to the general public. I’ll post all about the show afterwards and it will be fun to see how Asta will do. She will be the only Icelandic Sheepdog there, which is not uncommon, but she will face some competition in the herding group.
I always love having Asta visit, as she has the same comical and affectionate personality that attracts me to Icelandic Sheepdogs in the first place. Jeni also loves her and plays with her more than she usually does with visiting dogs – I swear, dogs of the same breed understand each other!
As I firmly believe you can never have too many puppy pictures, I will close this out with a photo of eight-week-old Asta, fresh off the plane after arriving in the U.S. She’s still a bit of a baby at nine months, but boy has she grown!