The Icelandic Sheepdog dog breed is considered to be the companion for the ancient Vikings and was utilized to guard flocks particularly lambs, from birds of prey. He still keeps the habit of barking at birds while watching the sky or everything else he hears or sees.
Dog Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Height: 1 foot, 4 inches to 1 foot, 6 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 20 to 30 pounds
Life Span: 14 to 15 years
It is believed that invading Vikings brought the forefather of this dog breed with them in the 9th century to Iceland. Due to the separation of Iceland, the Icelandic Sheepdogs we have today is called the Icelandic Dog or the Icelandic Spitz as well; perhaps looks a great deal like his ancestors.
The Icelandic Sheepdog breed was utilized to guard flocks particularly lambs, from birds of prey for centuries, and to this day he retains the habit of barking at birds while watching the sky. He barks to alert his family as well when he hears or sees anything suspicious. He is not a guard dog because of his too much friendly attitude, but you will always come to know about the visitors when they arrive.
The Icelandic Sheepdog dog breed is really confident, playful, and affectionate and gets on well with humans and other dogs. The females are not as relaxed and cuddlesome as males. Train this smart dog breed with patience and consistency, you will always find him learning willingly and quickly.
Male: Stands about 18 inches at the shoulder
Female: Stands 16.5 inches
Weight: From about 20 to 30 pounds