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Icelandic Sheepdog

Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 20-30 lbs.

Height: 12" - 16"

Life Span: 12 years

Health Problems: Prone to getting parasites from eating contaminated sheep carcasses, but this problem has been reduced dramatically with the proper administration of worming medications.

Origin: Iceland (800s)

Also Known As: Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Islenkur Fjárhundur, Icelandic Dog

Group: Northern Breed / Spitz

Category: Companion Dog, Herding

Exercise Needs

Due to its active herding nature, the Icelandic Sheepdog requires vigorous exercise. This dog will enjoy long walks, play, running or herding activities.


The Icelandic Sheepdog is hard-working, tough and agile. Cheerful and highly inquisitive, it interacts well with other pets and children. Its good nature and extreme friendliness make it a great family dog. However, like most Spitz-type dogs, it is too friendly to be a guard dog. However, its enthusiastic welcome of visitors helps alert owners that someone is coming. As a working dog, it is happiest when it has a job to do. This social breed is prone to "home alone anxiety" and is destructive when left for long periods of time.

Compatibility with Kids

Very good choice for homes with children.