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Icelandic Sheepdog

A true Nordic spitz, the Icelandic Sheepdog is distinguished by his prick ears and curled tail. This hardy, agile breed was developed to herd livestock in the mountainous regions of Iceland. Highly intelligent and clever, this sheepdog is an enthusiastic and playful companion that can be quite vocal. The breed sheds his undercoat twice a year and requires moderate grooming.
Living Considerations
  • Good with children
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Not suitable for apartment living
Did you know?
Iceland’s only native canine, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a popular breed that has been featured on postage stamps. Believed to be the world’s oldest breed, the Icelandic Sheepdog was brought to Iceland by the Vikings from 874 to 930 A.D., earning him the nickname “dog of the Vikings.”
Also Known As:
Icelandic Spitz
Iceland Dog
Íslenskur fjárhundur
Islandsk Farehond
Friaar Dog
Canis islandicus
Icelandic Sheepdog
  • Size Medium
  • Height Males – 46 centimetres, Females – 42 centimetres
  • Weight Should be proportionate to height
  • Coat Long or Short
  • Energy Medium
  • Colour Shades of tan from cream to reddish brown, chocolate brown, gray, or black with white markings
  • Activities Obedience, Rally, Agility, Therapy, Flyball, Herding, Conformation
  • Indoor/Outdoor Both