Icelandic Sheepdog

Other names : Icelandic Spitz, Nordic Spitz, Iceland Dog, Islandsk Fårehund, Friaar Dog

Photo: adult dog of Icelandic Sheepdog breed
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Life expectancy

The Icelandic Sheepdog has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 16 and 17 in
Male Between 17 and 19 in

Adult weight

Female Between 22 and 33 lb
Male Between 22 and 33 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown Red Sand Blue
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Icelandic Sheepdog costs between £600 and £800

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More details about the Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog: Origins and history

The canine ancestors of today’s Icelandic Sheepdog are believed to have accompanied early Viking settlers to the island of Iceland between 874 and 930 AD. It wasn’t until the early 1700s that the Icelandic Sheepdog arrived in the United Kingdom. The popularity of the dog has increased gradually since then, but the dog has never been a best-seller.  

FCI classification of the Icelandic Sheepdog

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 3 : Nordic Watchdogs and Herders

Training a Icelandic Sheepdog

Training of the Icelandic Sheepdog can be challenging. It must be carried out by a confident master who is consistent and varies their style of training. Harsh training techniques will not work with any dog. 

Icelandic Sheepdog: Purchase price

Purchasing a purebred puppy will cost anywhere from £600 to £800. Cost of care will be £130 to £180 per month.

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