Icelandic Sheepdog Temperament and Lifespan

Icelandic guard dog, or as it is otherwise called, Icelandic Sheepdog came to Iceland with the Vikings that was approximately 874-930 GG ad. Icelandic Vikings used a cunning hunter guard, which rather quickly adapted to the conditions of the local landscape and characteristic of Iceland kinds of game. After an assistant on the hunt became unnecessary, this breed began to be used as a herding dog. Icelandic Sheepdog coped with this task well enough to secure a further survival.

Over the past few decades, the popularity of the breed has increased considerably, although the number of the breed is still small, but the risk of extinction of the Icelandic watchdog is no longer threatened. However, at present this breed more often give birth not to work, and as a family pet and a participant of various exhibitions.

Icelandic Sheepdog never shows aggression, it meets all the strangers with enthusiasm, always cheerful and kind to everyone. Dogs of this breed are very inquisitive, some little giant xtreme ladder. Icelandic dog is very brave and energetic, it is not shy, and in any case, not timid. The dogs usually live for 12-15 years.

How Much Does an Icelandic Sheepdog Cost and Price Range

The average price for such breed is about $800-$1000. While choosing your pet you should take into account that the show quality dogs will cost you more, starting from $1200. If you need to have just a good companion and don't have intention to take part in dog shows or be engaged in the breeding, then the pet quality puppy will be enough for your family.

Icelandic Sheepdog Colors, Shedding, Full Size and Average Weight

Coat of this breed is harsh, medium length on the neck, on thighs and below the tail - longer, on legs and head - short, on the body - fitting. Colors: auburn, wheat, yellow, fawn, sable, wolf with small white markings and black hair ends. The height at the withers: males: 42 -48 cm Females: 38 -44 cm. The weight is 10-15 kg.

Icelandic Sheepdog Breed Characteristics, Information and Facts

It is believed that the Icelandic dog is a relative of the Norwegian buhund with which they are similar in many outward appearances.

Icelandic Sheepdogs are unpretentious, loyal, playful dogs. High activity, they love to be around people, incredibly loyal which makes them ideal family dogs for content. The downside is that they get bored alone, do not like to be alone for a long time and require more attention than other dog breeds. Moreover, you shouldn't be very strict while training because of their sensitive nature.