Icelandic Sheepdog Dog Breed

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Icelandic Sheepdog


The Icelandic Sheepdog, also known at times as the Iceland Dog, the Iceland Spitz, the Islandsk Spidshunde, the Islandsk Farehond, the Friaar Dog and the Fiaarhundur, is Iceland’s only native canine breed. It is an ancient breed that was developed for the purpose of herding, controlling and guarding flocks of sheep and rounding up other types of livestock. It also was (and still is) used to pull sleds and prized as a family companion, when not working in Iceland’s tough terrain. These are spunky, friendly, small-to-medium-sized dogs with pricked ears, plume-like tails and thick, warm coats that come in both long and short-haired varieties. The Icelandic Sheepdog is so adored in its native country, both for its working capabilities and for its companionship, that it has been depicted on one of its postage stamps. The Icelandic Sheepdog was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of its Herding Group quite recently, in 2010.

Icelandic Sheepdog Dog Breed Quick Facts

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