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Icelandic Sheepdog

American Kennel Club's Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog of the AKC’s Herding Group was originally brought to Iceland by the Vikings. This breed is also known as the Icelandic Spitz, Iceland Dog, Islenskur Fjarhundur, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog or Canis Islandicus. It shares ancestry with the Shetland Sheepdog and Welsh Corgi.


Description Of The Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog of the AKC’s Herding Group has two types of coats, long and short and both are thick and extremely weatherproof. This breed weighs between 20 and 30 pounds and stands 12 to 16 inches at the withers. They require lots of physical exercise and if left in the household for too long, they will develop destructive behaviors.

Wellness Worries

The average life expectancy of this breed is about 12 years of age. Learn More About This Playful, Friendly And Inquisitive Icelander!

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