Icelandic Sheepdog Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Icelandic Sheepdog so you can get to know the breed more.
|Group||Pastoral / Herding Dogs|
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Other Names |
What other names does the Icelandic Sheepdog have?
|Canis IslandicusFriaar DogIceland DogIslandsk FarehondIslenskur FjarhundurIcelandic Spitz|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Icelandic Sheepdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Icelandic Sheepdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Icelandic Sheepdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Icelandic Sheepdog gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Icelandic Sheepdog?
Frequent: The Icelandic Sheepdog is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.
Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
How much does the Icelandic Sheepdog weigh? Icelandic Sheepdog weight:
|20-30 pounds (9-14 kg)|
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of the Icelandic Sheepdog? Icelandic Sheepdog average weight:
|25 pounds (11.5 kg)|
How tall is the Icelandic Sheepdog? Icelandic Sheepdog height:
|12-16 inches (31-41 cm)|
Average Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Icelandic Sheepdog average height:
|14 inches (36 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Icelandic Sheepdog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Icelandic Sheepdog's coat?
How to groom the Icelandic Sheepdog and how often?
Average: The Icelandic Sheepdog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.
Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.
Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.
Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.
If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Icelandic Sheepdog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.
Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Canis Islandicus?
Icelandic Sheepdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Icelandic Sheepdog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Icelandic Sheepdog every day?
| 3-4 weeks |
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.
What kind of personality does the Icelandic Sheepdog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Icelandic Sheepdog? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Icelandic Sheepdog obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Icelandic Sheepdog sensitivity:
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Icelandic Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Canis Islandicus need? Icelandic Sheepdog social needs:
Icelandic Sheepdogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Canis Islandicus bark?
A lot: Icelandic Sheepdog is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice. The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Icelandic Sheepdog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential |
Do Icelandic Sheepdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Canis Islandicus? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Icelandic Sheepdog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Icelandic Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force |
Does the Icelandic Sheepdog has a hard bite?
Between 200 and 400 PSI ⏺
Icelandic Sheepdog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Icelandic Sheepdog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Icelandic Sheepdog do?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Icelandic Sheepdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Icelandic Sheepdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Icelandic Sheepdog roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Icelandic Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Icelandic Sheepdog have high prey drive?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Icelandic Sheepdogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Icelandic Sheepdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Icelandic Sheepdog breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Icelandic Sheepdog indoors by introducing daily routines.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Icelandic Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Icelandic Sheepdog temperament with other people:
Icelandic Sheepdogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly |
Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Icelandic Sheepdog temperament with children:
Icelandic Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Icelandic Sheepdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Icelandic Sheepdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Icelandic Sheepdogs good office dogs? Do Icelandic Sheepdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdogs be office dogs?
Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Canis Islandicus temperament with senior people? Are Icelandic Sheepdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems |
What genetic/health problems does the Icelandic Sheepdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Icelandic Sheepdog breed? Most common health risks of Icelandic Sheepdog:
|Eye ProblemsHip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation|
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Icelandic Sheepdog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Icelandic Sheepdog see the vet?
The Icelandic Sheepdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Icelandic Sheepdog be? What is the age limit of the Icelandic Sheepdog? How many years can the oldest Icelandic Sheepdog live?
The average lifespan of Icelandic Sheepdog: 13 years
Is the Icelandic Sheepdog breed hypoallergenic?
| No |
Icelandic Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Icelandic Sheepdog have? What is the activity level of the Icelandic Sheepdog?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Icelandic Sheepdog dogs require per day?
Icelandic Sheepdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Icelandic Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does the Icelandic Sheepdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Icelandic Sheepdog risk for obesity:
Average: The Icelandic Sheepdog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Icelandic Sheepdog's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Prefers cold weather |
The Icelandic Sheepdog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and hypothermia in extremely cold weather, so it is important to take precautions to keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Icelandic Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency |
Does the Icelandic Sheepdog drool?
The Icelandic Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Icelandic Sheepdog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Icelandic Sheepdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Icelandic Sheepdog be an emotional support animal?
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a sniffer dog?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a boat dog?
Icelandic Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Icelandic Sheepdog be a drafting dog?
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Icelandic Sheepdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Icelandic Sheepdog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female Icelandic Sheepdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Icelandic Sheepdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
AKC Group |
Is Icelandic Sheepdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Herding breed.|
FCI Group |
Is Icelandic Sheepdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Icelandic Sheepdog breed?
|American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.|
Icelandic Sheepdog Pros and Cons
- Drooling Tendency: The Icelandic Sheepdog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
- Adaptability: Icelandic Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Child Friendly: Icelandic Sheepdogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Icelandic Sheepdogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Icelandic Sheepdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
- Health Issues: Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
- Hypoallergenic: Icelandic Sheepdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Icelandic Sheepdog breed in the home.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Icelandic Sheepdog is strong enough to escape from home.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Icelandic Sheepdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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Nov 10, 2020, 2:56:40 PM:
wow my best dog friend is a Icelandic sheepdog this didnt lie!
Oct 9, 2020, 12:26:53 PM:
I have a dog of this breed and they are incredibly cute and affectionate.