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Icelandic Sheepdog (Lying, Face)
Lying, Face

Breed Information


2022: #132

2021: #138

2020: #154

2019: #132

2018: #155

2017: #144

2016: #153

2015: #140

Name Icelandic Sheepdog
Other names Icelandic Spitz, Iceland Dog, Íslenskur Fjárhundur, Islandsk Farehond, Friaar Dog, Canis Islandicus
Origin Iceland
Breed Group Herding (AKC:2010 & UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years







Height 12-16 inches (31-41 cm)
Weight 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg)

Black & White

Chocolate & White

Cream & White

Fawn & White

Gold & White

Gray & White

Red & White

Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1000 - $1500 USD

The Icelandic Sheepdog is still a very rare breed to this day but it is increasing in popularity. The average price for a puppy will be somewhere between $1,000 - $1,500 per puppy. It could be more or it could be less, depending on the breeder, where the breeder lives, shipping costs, and the genetics of the puppy.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

2 stars

The Icelandic Sheepdog needs a lot of activity and exercise and needs close contact to the family. Many of these dogs have "home-alone anxiety" problems, because they don't like to be home alone.

Barking Tendencies

5 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

This is a very active breed that needs to be exercised every day. This breed needs to be taken on a daily walk or jog.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Professional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoUsually a fairly healthy dog.


2 stars

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4 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Brush the Icie’s coat once or twice a week to remove loose fur and reduce the amount of hair you find floating around the house or attached to your clothes. Be sure you have a good vacuum cleaner to keep your home tidy. Icie lovers say he doesn’t shed as much as you might think, but don’t get this breed thinking that he is a low shedder.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Icelandic Sheepdogs can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, rally obedience, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Icelandic Sheepdogs that exhibit basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Icelandic Sheepdog Puppy (Fawn & White, Face)
Fawn & White, Face

Icelandic Sheepdog Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Cooper Lucy
03 Rocky Sadie
04 Jackson Chloe
05 Duke Luna
06 Bruno Penny
07 Oscar Luna
08 Buster Ellie
09 Marley Annie
10 Dexter Piper
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Icelandic Sheepdog is a slightly under medium-sized Spitz type dog, with a triangle-shaped head, prick ears, and a thick double coat. Seen from the side, the dog is rectangular. The length of body from point of shoulder to point of buttocks is greater than the height measured at the withers. The depth of chest is equal to the length of the foreleg. The tail is carried in a loose curl over the back. There are two types of coat, long and short, and both are thick and extremely weatherproof. There is a marked difference in appearances between the sexes. The Icelandic Sheepdog should be evaluated as a herding and drover dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog’s ability to work.

Icelandic Sheepdogs are tough and energetic. Hardy and agile, they are extremely useful for herding and driving livestock or finding lost sheep. However, the dogs are not known for hunting. They are very alert and always give visitors an enthusiastic welcome, without being aggressive. Friendly and cheerful, the Icelandic Sheepdog is inquisitive, playful, and unafraid. They generally get along well with children, as well as other pets.


Iceland was settled in the late 9th century A.D. by Nordic people. These early settlers brought sheep, horses, and the ancestors of the Icelandic Sheepdog, Iceland’s only native breed. Over the centuries, these dogs adapted to the harsh terrain and the needs of Icelandic farmers and shepherds. By the early 20th century, however, farming in Iceland declined and the number of Icelandic Sheepdogs was so drastically reduced that the breed was in danger of extinction. In recent years, efforts by Icelandic and international breeders have increased the numbers, particularly in Iceland, where this working breed has become newly popular as a family companion. The Icelandic Sheepdog was recognized by the AKC in 2010.

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