Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog


Believed to be companions of the ancient Vikings, the Icelandic Sheepdog breed was used to protect flocks, especially lambs, from birds of prey. They still retain the habit of watching the sky and barking at birds, as well as anything they see or hear, and are also known as Icelandic Spitz or Icelandic dog. Although these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt. Don’t go shopping if you want to take a dog home.Icelandic sheepdogs are very affectionate with their humans and, as you might have guessed, do well in colder climates. However, novice pet parents should be careful. These dogs have a lot of energy and are not as well suited to flat living. If you can provide plenty of exercise and open space, along with experienced and consistent training, then this could be the dog for you.


It is believed that invading Vikings brought the ancestors of this breed to Iceland in the 9th century. Thanks to Iceland’s isolation, today’s Icelandic sheepdogs – also called Icelandic spitz or Icelandic dog – probably closely resemble their ancestors.For centuries, the Icelandic sheepdog was used to protect flocks, especially lambs, from birds of prey, and to this day retains the custom of watching the sky and barking at birds. He also barks to alert his family to anything he sees or hears. He is too friendly to be a watchdog, but will never be surprised by visitors.Affectionate, self-confident and playful, the Icelandic Sheepdog gets along well with people and other dogs. Males tend to be more relaxed and cuddly than females. If trained consistently and patiently, Icelandic dogs learn quickly and willingly.

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Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 20 to 28 inches
Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 12 years

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