At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 20-30 lbs.

Height: 12" - 16"

Life Span: 12 years

Icelandic Sheepdog

Also know as: Iceland Sheepdog, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Islenkur Fjárhundur, Icelandic Dog

Group: Herding

Origin: Iceland (800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Herding

History and Facts: Iceland's only native breed, the Icelandic Sheepdog was first introduced to the region by the Vikings in 9th and 10th centuries. It is thought to be a close relative of the Buhund.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

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

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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