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.