Icelandic Sheepdog Photo Gallery – Pictures Of Icelandic Sheepdogs!


The Icelandic Sheepdog is a medium (20-30 lbs) sized herding breed and is the only dog that is native to Iceland.  It is believed that descendants of this breed were brought to Iceland with Viking settlers in approximately 874 – 930 AD.  These dogs are also known as the Iceland Spitz, the Iceland Dog, the Friaar Dog and the Íslenskur Fjárhundur.  It also has the nickname “the dog of the Vikings”.  It is believed to be one of the most primitive of all of the dog breeds.

Photo by eqkrishena

The Icelandic Sheepdog coat is thick and waterproof and comes in a variety of colors including tan, reddish-brown, chocolate, grey, and black.  Prominent white markings are required with all color types.  The coat comes in 2 lengths – long and short.  They are normal shedders and should be brushed regularly. The 2 Icelandic Sheepdog pups in the photo above are adorable examples of the breed!

Photo by olikristinn

Icelandic Sheepdogs are a hardy, active working breed.  They have a natural affinity for working with livestock and finding lost sheep.  In the house, they are “Velcro” dogs and will follow their owner closely.  This is not a dog that can live apart from its family. While this breed is alert, they are not aggressive and will normally greet strangers happily.  Icelandics are a good choice for homes with children and other pets.  They are playful and thrive on attention.

Photo by matesusa

The very young Icelandic Sheepdog puppy in this photo may look quiet, but in general this breed is quite vocal.  They tend to bark when herding, bark when they want something and may bark when you leave them (this behavior can be improved upon with proper stimulation and training).  Using a crate with your new Icelandic Sheepdog from the start may provide some needed structure.  However, this trait combined with its active working nature may not make the Icelandic Sheepdog an ideal choice for apartment living.

Photo by Henning Horn

The Icelandic Sheepdog has naturally prick ears and a curled tail that make this breed unique.  A trio of Icelandic Sheepdogs pose for a photo above.

Photo by Runar T

Every breed has some health issues that occur more in the specific population than in other breeds (if your breeder tells you otherwise, seek out another breeder!).  The Icelandic Sheepdog is prone to Hip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Distichiasis (an eye disorder) and Pateller Luxation.  Ask about health testing and the history of the lines before you pick out a puppy.

Photo by Dreyminn

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a social, intelligent breed that has the get-up-and-go personality for the most active of lifestyles.  If you’re looking for a great companion dog or a new agility partner like the dog in the pic above, check out this unique breed!

Photo by eqkrishena

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