Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

Size
Medium
Height
Males – 18 inches, Females – 16.5 inches
Weight
Should be proportionate to height
Coat
Long or Short
Color
Shades of tan from cream to reddish brown, chocolate brown, gray, or black with white markings
Energy
Medium
Activities
Obedience, Rally, Agility, Therapy, Flyball, Herding, Conformation

A true Nordic spitz, the Icelandic Sheepdog is distinguished by his prick ears and curled tail. This hardy, agile breed was developed to herd livestock in the mountainous regions of Iceland. Highly intelligent and clever, this sheepdog is an enthusiastic and playful companion that can be quite vocal. The breed sheds his undercoat twice a year and requires moderate grooming.

Did you know?

Iceland’s only native canine, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a popular breed that has been featured on postage stamps. Believed to be the world’s oldest breed, the Icelandic Sheepdog was brought to Iceland by the Vikings from 874 to 930 A.D., earning him the nickname “dog of the Vikings.”

Training Icelandic Sheepdogs

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