Icelandic Sheepdog adult in black and white

Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdogs are hardy, nimble herding dogs that bark, making them very well suited to driving and herding sheep in the pasture or on the slopes, as well as finding lost sheep.

About the Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdogs are naturally very alert and always welcome visitors very enthusiastically. These cheerful, friendly, playful dogs are curious and fearless.

The breed’s popularity has increased in recent decades, although numbers remain low. Icelandic Sheepdogs have a gentle, intelligent, happy expression and a typical confident and lively personality.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 5, AKC Herding Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Assertive / Alert / Friendly / Loyal / Confident / Lively / Resilient

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Enjoys training
  • Requires moderate grooming
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