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Icelandic Sheepdog



This confident and capable companion and working dog is Iceland’s only native breed and was introduced by the Vikings in AD 874-930. They were used to herd their sheep, cattle, and horses and became so well adapted to the Icelandic terrain and farming culture that they were considered indispensable to the Icelandic people. While still rare, this ancient breed is gaining popularity due to its cheerful personality, work ethic, and trainability. They make fun and loving family pets and are known for their patience with children. Their coats come in short and long forms and both shed their undercoat twice a year.

Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.

Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.

The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Icelandic Sheepdog


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