Breeds of dogs: Iceland Sheepdog

Breeds of dogs: Iceland Sheepdog

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Iceland.
F.C.I classification: Group 5 - spitz and primitive type dogs.

The Icelandic Sheepdog - Islandhund - Islandik Fererhund has never had popularity in his country of origin, due to an Icelandic law that stated that pets could not be kept in that country. It remained virtually unknown for many years. The progenitors of the Icelandic Shepherd came to Iceland together with peoples from Norway. There are those who support the theory that the breed is related to the "Lapland Shepherd" and that of the Kamcatka Peninsula. Little known outside of one's home country, in some countries it is unknown.

General aspect

Medium-small size dog. It belongs to the Spitz family, it is very similar to the "Finnish Spitz" and to the "Norsk Buhund". Very resistant and solid breed in construction. It has a rather hard and thick hair. It has a tail rolled up on its back. It is a breed of dimensions below average size, but of the right ratios and proportions.


Very lively and cheerful. He has impressive agility. He has good muscle explosiveness and good running speed. He is quite quick in movement and responsive. He is very attentive to everything around him. He loves to be the center of attention. Very fond and faithful. It is a dog that gives many satisfactions for his character. He can live indoors without causing problems.

Iceland Dog (photo Arni Einarsson)

Iceland Dog (photo


Height: between 15 and 20 inches, which correspond to 37-45 cm.
Weight: around 30 pounds, about 14 kg.

Trunk: broad thorax, descended. Belly well retracted. Strong, compact, but not heavy trunk.
Head and muzzle: light, quite wide between the ears. Muzzle shorter than long, stop evident, but not very deep. Tense and closed lips.
Black truffle.
Teeth: strong and complete in number.
Neck: short, robust and slightly arched, well erect.
Ears: wide at the base, triangular, pointed, well erect.
Eyes: small and round, dark.
Limbs: straight with good musculature; hocks not too angled. Oval feet, well-developed plantar pads.
Shoulder: straight, not oblique.
Pace: rhythmic and regular.
Musculature: well developed and in relation to size.
Tail: of medium length, with long hairs, curved on the back.
Hair: rather hard, of medium length, longer on the neck, on the thighs and on the tail, flattened on the body, short on the head and on the limbs.
Allowed colors: white with tawny, golden spots, light tawny with dark tips.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, non-standard sizes, colors not allowed, badly worn tail, too short hair, incorrect movement, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, incorrect rear corners.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: new dog breed Icelandic Sheepdog (September 2021).