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Icelandic Sheepdog


Icelandic Sheepdogs are tough, active and enthusiastic. They are extremely keen and curious, always taking an interest in new visitors and potential friends. The Icelandic Sheepdog handle all circumstances with a positive, playful attitude, working well as Sheepdog or playing with small children.

Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively
  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Prefers Living Outdoors

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long
  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Herding Group

Coat Length

  • Long Coat
  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat


  • Black
  • Brown
  • Chocolate
  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Red
  • Sable
  • Tan
  • White


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 17-20″

Full Grown Weight

  • 21-25lbs
  • 26-30lbs

General Health

  • Not a Very Healthy Breed
  • Pretty Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Thrives in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather
  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Great With Kids


  • Requires Occasional Brushing
  • Requires Occasional Grooming


  • Smart


  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

Social Behavior with Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

Training Tendencies