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Shepherd of Iceland

Shepherd of Iceland

 Only one breed of dog can trace its ancestry back to Iceland: the Icelandic Shepherd, or Islenskur Fjarhundur. They have been working with shepherds for decades to care for their flocks and find missing animals. Because of their intelligence and loyalty, they also make excellent watchdogs.


Dogs from Iceland are exclusively found in the Icelandic Shepherd breed. Around 874-930AD, they came on the island with vikings.

The Icelandic Shepherd has come near to extinction several times throughout the ages because of illnesses introduced to the island by travellers. They were particularly affected by the plague and canine distemper that decimated the island in the nineteenth century.

While still in danger throughout the twentieth century, the Icelandic Shepherd Dog breed has been preserved owing to the Association of Icelandic Shepherd Breeders (HRF), which was established in 1969.

FCI recognised the Iceland Shepherd in 2007, however the breed is still very rare outside of Iceland.


Icelandic Shepherds are sheep of the northern Spitz breed. They are between the sizes of a small and a medium. The shape of their bodies is somewhat square. Icelandic Shepherds are prone to sexual dimorphism, which occurs when the physical traits of the sexes vary despite the fact that they share the same reproductive organs.

The Icelandic Shepherd has a well-defined saddle and a muscular back. There's a lot of room in the chest, and the stomach is somewhat concaved. The dog has a long, curled tail that lays on its back.

The legs are in proportion to the rest of the body. The strong back legs have a little more muscle.

With a large triangular snout, the face of the Icelandic Shepherd is distinctive. The fur on the face is shorter.

The male average height is 46cm, whereas the female average height is 42cm.


Long and short-haired Icelandic Shepherds may be found.

a short hairstyle: the cape's mantello is a medium length, somewhat ruffled, with a fitted and soffice underpelt. The hair is shorter on the musculature, the top of the testes, the eyebrows, and the front of the art; it is longer on the collar, the torace, and the area behind the eyes. The torso is flabby, and the length of the hair is proportional to the length of the neck.

in lungo cappello: the cappello is longer than the previous kind, somewhat wrinkled, with a fitted and soffice undercap. The pelo is shorter on the muso, the top of the head, the orecchie, and in the area in front of the arti; it is longer behind the orecchie, the collar, the torace, and the area in front of the arti. The chest is quite stubby, and the length of his hair is proportional to the length of his neck.

Tawny, cream, chocolate, black, and grey are the most well-known colours. The coat is usually white, with a variety of irregular marks throughout the surface of it.


Due to years of leading cattle and conversing with other animals and farmers in Iceland, the Icelandic Shepherd is an agile and sturdy breed. They're constantly on the lookout for guests, yet they're never aggressive. They get along with other animals and children extremely well. They lack a strong sense of instinct when it comes to hunting.

To describe them would be an understatement. It's crucial to start training them as soon as possible since they have a lot of energy. They'll need a lot of room to go about and have fun. They're great at dog games.

Having an Icelandic Shepherd in an apartment isn't a good idea.


The Islandese Cane Pastor, bred to withstand the harsh climate of its own region, is a seldom encountered cane.

To prevent ticks and other parasites that might transmit illnesses, it is nevertheless vital to frequently inspect their hair and ears.


To maintain the Icelandic Shepherd's fur in excellent condition, it must be groomed on a regular basis.

To be content, this boisterous canine requires plenty of time spent in the open air. In addition, they need a lot of playtime.