Icelandic Sheepdog Breed

Playful, friendly and inquisitive, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a hardy and agile dog. Slightly under medium size with prick ears and a curled tail, the breed has two coat types, long and short. Confident and lively, they are so loved in their native country as working dogs and pets that they have been portrayed on postage stamps. The breed’s coat comes in a range of color combinations and markings, including red, tan, golden and black.

The Icelandic Sheepdog came to Iceland with the Vikings in AD 874-930 and was used to work sheep, cattle, and horses. The breed adapted its working style to Iceland’s local terrain and farming techniques so well that it became indispensable to the Icelandic people. It is thought to be one of the oldest breeds of dogs in the world and happens to be Iceland’s only native dog. Today, while still small in numbers, the Icelandic Sheepdog is increasing in popularity.

The breed is extremely social, loving, and patient with children, making them an ideal family dog. The breed sheds its undercoat twice a year and needs to be brushed when it does. Intelligent and eager to please, Icelandic Sheepdogs are easily trained.

  • Herding Group; AKC recognized in 2010.
  • Ideal Size: Males – 18" tall at the shoulder; Females – 16½"
  • Cattle, horse and sheep herder.

Source: American Kennel Club, Inc.