Icelandic Sheepdog

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Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a breed of dog that originated in Iceland and use by the ancient Vikings. They were bred to protect and herd sheep and flocks.

They are very energetic dogs and are not suitable to live in an apartment, they need to get lots of exercise in the outdoors, enough playtime and exercise help them keep fit and healthy. A house with a yard is advisable for them. Icelandic Sheepdog is similar to the Norwegian Buhund, the Shetland Sheepdog, and the Welsh Corgi.

Icelandic Sheepdog Dog Breed Pictures

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Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Herding Dogs


16 to 18 Inches


25 to 30 Pounds

Life Span

12 to 14 Years

Icelandic Sheepdog Appearance

Icelandic Sheepdog has a muscular strong back and straight and parallel, strong forelegs. Their eyes are medium, almond-shaped, and brown in color, their eye-rims are black, their nose comes in black, or dark brown color for a lighter color breed. Their ears are triangular in shape and erect. They have a thick double coat it can be straight or slightly wavy, and it comes in several colors such as tan, ranging from cream to reddish-brown, chocolate brown, gray, and black. They can also have white markings and sometimes with a black mask.

Their double coat makes them withstand cold weather for longer periods of time and insulate to give them enough cold in hot weather. On the summer hot day, they are not advisable to stay outdoor, because of the possibility of heatstroke, if you are living in the house with your dog make sure to apply dog sunscreen to the ears, nose, and sensitive areas where there’s less fur coverage to prevent sunburn. Give them enough clean cold water and stay indoors for their safety.

It is advisable to brush their coat daily as possible to spread its natural oil to make their coat healthy. Bathe and groom them as necessary and use the dog shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft, silky, and smell good. 

Trim their nails once or twice a month to prevent injury in your dogs, long nails can also cause arthritis or other health concern in dogs. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent our dog’s legs and our legs too from getting scratched when they excitedly jump up to greet us.


The Icelandic Sheepdog is a medium-sized dog weighing around 11-14 kg, their height range from 41-46 cm tall at the shoulder. You can expect females to be slightly smaller than males.

Icelandic Sheepdog Personality

An Icelandic Sheepdog running

If you see your Icelandic Sheepdog watching the sky and barking at the birds that’s normal, it is their habit as a herding dog. Icelandic Sheepdog is energetic, smart, alert, and agile they are very useful for herding and driving livestock or finding lost sheep.

They are also friendly and cheerful, they love their owner a lot and don’t mind cuddling on the couch for a long period of time, they are also very intelligent, they are easy to train and discipline. With early socialization, they can be a good companion with other animals in the house. 

Icelandic Sheepdog Health

Icelandic Sheepdog has an average life span of 12 to 14 years, They are generally healthy, but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. It’s very important to schedule regular visits with your dog’s vet to keep them healthy.

Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.

Canine Eye InflammationCanine Eye Inflammation may occur with unknown causes or events but it is often connected to many serious health problems. If your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the outer skin and middle (muscle, connective tissue, and glands) of the eyes it is classified as Blepharitis, and if your dog is suffering from eye inflammation in the iris and ciliary body of the uvea of the eye it is classified as anterior uveitis, this may affect your dog’s vision and needs meditate veterinarian attention.
Ear InfectionsIt is a common canine health problem, and it can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more.
Periodontal Disease In DogsIt is an inflammation of some or all of a tooth’s deep supporting structures, it happens when food and bacteria build up along the gums and form plaque that when combined with saliva and minerals will transform into calculus or also known as tartar.
Hip DysplasiaIt is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.

How much is Icelandic Sheepdog?

In buying to a legit breeder Icelandic sheepdog puppies will cost about $800 to $1000. While the basic cost of owning a dog range from $109 to $370 per month, it includes the food and treats, grooming, routine veterinary care, preventative medications and supplements, and lots more.

The Basic Costs of Owning a Dog

Type of ExpenseYearly Estimate
Food and Treats$250 to $700
Routine Veterinary Care (healthy dog)$700 to $2,000
Preventative Medications (to prevent heartworms, fleas, ticks, and other parasites) and Supplements (e.g. Vitamins, glucosamine or omega 3s)$200 to $600
Training Classes or Resources$25 to $300
Grooming$30 to $500
Dog Accesories (Toys, Beds, Leashes and Collars, etc.)$100 to $300
Average Monthly Cost of Owning a Dog$109 to $370
Average Yearly Total$1,305 to $4,400

The legit breeder puts a lot of effort into high quality and healthy breeding of dogs. They provide healthy Dog Foods, visit the Vet for check-ups, Vaccinations, Vitamins, and proper Grooming of the dogs. The breeder will coup up all the expenses he/she spent to provide a healthy breed to you so expect a little expensive.

Icelandic Sheepdog standing on the grass

Nowadays hundreds of thousands of dogs are being abandoned that’s why instead of buying I suggest you adopt! Support those in need give them love and a home to stay for the rest of their life.

Note:  The expenses of Taking care of a Dogs does not end in buying one after you bought or adopt your Dog you must provide their necessary needs, like Visit Vet ones a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods and provide Vitamins as their maintenance and the most important is Time to play and cuddle with them, I think that’s the most affordable one, giving attention to them, proper care and lots of love from you…

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