Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Iceland
Group: Herding
Height: males 18 in., females 16 1/2 in.
Weight: 25-35 lbs.
Life span: 10-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes, except rodents

What is the origin of the Icelandic Sheepdog?

The Icelandic Sheepdog is in the Spitz family of dogs. They were brought to Iceland by the Vikings during the 9th and 10th centuries. They are Iceland’s only native breed and a strong part of the culture.

What does the Icelandic Sheepdog look like?

Icelandics are 16 1/2-18 inches tall and weight 25-35 lbs. The well-developed muzzle ends in a black or dark brown nose. Ears are medium size and erect. Eyes are almond-shaped, dark brown with black rims. The bushy tail is set high and curled over the back. The coat is double, weather-resistant, short or long. The undercoat is thick, dense and soft. Colors are cream to reddish brown, chocolate brown, gray or black. Brush at least once a week.

What is the temperament of the Icelandic Sheepdog?

Icelandics are high energy dogs. While they are good at problem-solving, they need consistent, positive training. Icelandics love lots of attention and want to be close to their humans. They are barkers and need physical and mental stimulation to curb excessive barking. Icelandics are good with children and most other pets except for rodents. They need lots of vigorous exercise and should be given jobs, even if it’s learning dog sports. Icelandics should have an owner who is equally energetic and active.

What is the Icelandic Sheepdog used for?

Iceland Sheepdogs are naturally, herding dogs. They have also served as therapy dogs, love to hike, compete in agility and obedience trials and flyball. Icelandics are devoted, loving companions.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, distichiasis (eye disorder).

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