AKC Group: Herding
The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only canine native to Iceland. It was brought there by Viking settlers around 874 to 930 AD. The dogs were quickly able to adapt to the terrain and farming methods to become indispensable at rounding up the livestock. His popularity continues to increase even though the breed exists in such small numbers. Icelandic Sheepdogs are believed to be descendants from the Norwegian Buhund.
Size: 12 to 16 tall; 20 to 30 pounds
Color: Black and tan; solid black, gray, silver or red.
Life span: 12 years
Health problems: Since there are so few Icelandic Sheepdogs around, they are relatively healthy breed that are taken care of by natural selection.
Tough and energetic, Icelandic Sheepdogs are hardy, agile herders. They have no problem barking; it’s part of their job. Your guests will always get an enthusiastic reception. Cheerful, friendly and inquisitive, an Icelandic Sheepdog has no fear. They adore kids and get along with other dogs and companion animals. They will always do best when they have a job to do. When training, be consistent, calm and firm. Eager to please and intelligent, an Icelandic Sheepdog learns quickly. Basic obedience is a recommended first step. They don’t respond to harsh or heavy-handed tactics.
The Icelandic Sheepdog has a large nose and black lips. They have medium sized brown eyes. They have double dewclaws similar to a Lundehund. Slightly under medium-sized, Icelandic Sheepdogs have prick ears and a curled tail. They have two coat types: Long or short. Both are a weatherproof, double coat (they did come from Iceland). Each sex has a distinct look. The Icelandic Sheepdog sheds seasonally twice a year. Trim the dewclaws regularly.