The Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the oldest breeds in the world - known to people since 8000 BC. It is believed that it was born many centuries ago after these lands were populated by the Norwegian Vikings. Later, these puppies reached the UK, where they gained popularity. The selection of the breed is not entirely clear, but it is assumed that the dog is related to the Collie, Spitz, Welsh Corgis and various shepherd dogs. In the past, these dogs were bred as guards, and today they are seen primarily as a companion. In 1969 the breed was proposed for national dog of Iceland.
The Icelandic Sheepdog has a healthy body, medium-sized, covered with dense fur, which can be short or long. Coloration occurs in golden, sandy yellow, red and combinations of black and white or black, white and tan. The height of the representatives ranges from 30 to 46 cm and their weight - from 9 to 14 kg. The head has a compact snout, dark eyes and nose, face and ears. The neck is strong and the tail is carried curled over the back.
Character and behavior
This is an active, agile and cheerful dog that loves games and physical activity. Representatives of the breed quickly become attached to their owners and are fantastic companions.
Training and education
The Icelandic Sheepdog builds a strong bond with its master. Representatives of the breed are good guard dogs, but not aggressive. They are susceptible to training because they are very intelligent.
Education and training of these dogs flow easily without any difficulties.
The average life expectancy of the Icelandic Sheepdog is about 12 years. Overall, these dogs have a good health. The percentage of emerging hip dysplasia or cataracts is low.
Grooming and care
Representatives of this breed are very playful and vibrant and don't feel well in tight spaces. They are therefore most suitable for farms or a house with a large yard. They need a lot of exercise to perish huge reserve of energy they have. Because of their thick hair these dogs do not feel very comfortable in the summer. Therefore, you have to build the house of your pet on a shady spot in the garden. If you keep the animal out you should take more care of his fur. If it is not brushed regularly, it can splash and fill with a variety of sticks, straws and grasses. Take measures against external parasites, to avoid being attacked by ticks and fleas.
Children and other pets
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a playful and affectionate puppy who quickly gets used with children. The dog likes to spend time with kids and is ready to join them in any adventure. It is the perfect companion for children who know how to behave with a puppy. Small kids, however, could hardly understand why we should not pinch and pulling the dog.
Like the Golden Retriever, the Icelandic Sheepdog is quite friendly and sympathetic puppy who makes friends easily with other animals. It rarely gets into conflict and is generally tuned for more games and jokes. When the animal is well socialized, it can tolerate the presence of cats and other smaller animals. Of course, we must not forget that every dog has its own character, so before you make final conclusions about your pet, you should check carefully how it tolerates the presence of other representatives of the animal world.
Puppies for sale of this breed are so popular in their homeland, that pictures of whole litters can be found on postcards, stamps, souvenirs, etc.
While the common name of the breed is Icelandic Sheepdog, this dog is also known as Iceland Dog, Friaar Dog, Iceland Spitz, and Islenskur Fjárhundur.