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Icelandic Sheepdog

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The Icelandic Sheepdog, also called the Icelandic Dog, is a well-liked breed of a relatively medium-sized dog that originated in Iceland. It belongs to the Herding breed family which is notable for their extraordinary ability in controlling the movement of other animals. Icelandic Sheepdogs have been bred to become excellent herders of animals like cattle, horse, and sheep. Its thick double coat has two types: the long, and short. Both variants are thick and very resistant to weather. Its colors usually include various shades of tan, reddish brown, cream, chocolate brown, black, and grey. White shade is constantly coupled with a certain predominant color.

Height and Weight

Both the male and female members of the Icelandic Sheepdog breed commonly stand a height of 12 to 16 in at the withers, and weigh 20 to 30 lbs.


Icelandic Dogs, in general, are a hardy, tough and energetic breed. They are agile herding dogs that bark a lot; making them very handy for herding as well as in driving pasture livestock. Although their hunting instincts are not potent, the breed, however, is known to be very alert, and enthusiastic in welcoming visitors. Icelandic Dogs are cheerful, playful, curious, and friendly. They love children and bond well with other dogs and animals. The breed does best when given some type of work to carry out. They basically need an owner who can be firm yet gentle, and consistent in disciplining them.


Both types of their coat have to be maintained through regular brushing. Icelandic Dogs tend to shed their undercoat a couple of times a year, and owners have to step up their brushing efforts during these periods. The breed’s rear dewclaws also have to be trimmed on a regular basis. Cleaning their ears frequently is highly necessary.

Health Concerns

Icelandic Sheepdogs are a generally healthy breed. They have an average lifespan of approximately 12 years. Only a very few orthopedic and genetic health conditions have been reported.

Best Environment

Because members of the Icelandic Sheepdogs bark a lot, they basically do not belong to the best apartment dogs. The breed is an extremely active dog, and requires plenty of exercise. Icelandic Dogs love to be close to their family owners, and it would be perfect if there would be a family member who can stay home with the pet most of the day. Additionally, the breed enjoys either suburban living or country lifestyle. Taking them out for long runs are great to meet their exercise needs.

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