Icelandic Sheepdog – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Herding Dogs
Height:
16 to 18 inchestall at the shoulder
Weight:
20 to 30 pounds
Life Span:
14 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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Icelandic Sheepdog is the only native dog breed from Island. With up to 18 inches and 30 pounds, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a playful and friendly dog of small-to-medium size.

This famous Nordic spitz-type breed is covered with a dense coat that is specially created to keep this breed warm on cold nights.

Icelandic Sheepdogs, or simply Icelandics are dogs who are passionately devoted to their humans. They are described as spitz dogs thanks to their dense coat, foxy face, pointed ears, and famous bushy and curling tail.

With 18 inches at the shoulder, Icelandics are just a bit under what is considered medium-sized.

They come in many colors, but one trait is always present – their coat is always followed by white markings. These dogs are happy, friendly, and always excited to follow their people around.

This breed likes to bark. In fact, they are infamous for their barking. As true watchdogs, they will bark at anything they hear or see just to alert you.

As you may guess already, they aren’t much of guard dogs. Still, this is a great family dog, and thanks to their size they do not pose a hazard around young children.