Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Iceland
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Male: 46 cm (Adult), Female: 42 cm (Adult)
Weight: 9,1 – 14 kg (Adult)
Color: Fawn & White, Black & White, White & Cream, Gray & White, Gold & White, Chocolate & White
Life Expectancy: 10 – 15 years
Temperament: Alert, Inquisitive, Energetic, Agile, Hardy, Cheerful
Litter Size: 3 - 8 puppies
Health Problems: Usually a fairly healthy dog.

Brief info: The Icelandic Sheepdog is Icelands only native dog. It was brought to Iceland with the first Viking settlers (AD 874 - 930).

The Icelandic Sheepdog and its method of working adapted to the local terrain, farming methods and the hard struggle for survival of the Icelandic people over the centuries, making it indispensable in the rounding up of livestock on the farms.

The Icelandic Sheepdog had a large nose and black-pigmented lips. The eyes are medium sized and dark brown. The head is arched with a rather compact muzzle. It has sturdy forelegs and double dewclaws that are similar to those of a Lundehund.

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a Nordic herding spitz, slightly under medium sized with prick ears and a curled tail. Seen from the side the dog is rectangular; the length of the body from the point of shoulder to point of buttock is greater than the height at withers.

The depth of the chest is equal to the length of the foreleg. The expression is gentle, intelligent and happy.

A confident and lively bearing is typical for this dog. There are two types of coat, long and short, both thick and extremely weatherproof.