The Iceland Dog, or Icelandic Sheepdog, has a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years.
The Iceland Dog is the only dog native to Iceland. The breed emerged from dogs brought to Iceland by the first Vikings between 874 and 930 A.D. The Iceland Dog was used as a working farm dog to herd livestock across harsh terrain.
The Iceland Dog weighs 20 to 30 pounds and measures 16.5 to 18 inches.
The Iceland Dog has a thick double coat that can either be short or long in length. The Iceland Dog sheds their undercoat twice a year during which time they need daily brushing, otherwise once a week is sufficient. The Iceland Dog also needs the occasional bath,
Like all dogs, the Iceland Dog needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Iceland Dog is humorous and happy.
Bred to withstand extreme cold and treacherous conditions, the Iceland Dog is hardy and highly alert. However, this breed is far from serious. The Iceland Dog is friendly, outgoing and playful. The Iceland Dog is quite social and welcomes everyone, including new people and other dogs. They thrive on human interaction and can develop separation anxiety or separation barking if left alone for too long.
Iceland Dogs like to be as close to their families as possible and especially adore children. They have lots of patience for children and are kind and gentle in their interactions with them. Iceland Dogs make wonderful family companions and have laidback and easygoing dispositions.
The Iceland Dog is known for being easy to train. The Iceland Dog is highly intelligent, learns quickly and is eager to please. They respond best to praise and positive reinforcement, and should never be treated harshly or they can shut down. Once they have the basics down, Iceland Dogs can go on to participate in agility and tracking. They can also be trained as therapy and assistance dogs.
The Iceland Dog enjoys exercise, but does not demand it and has a moderate activity level. The Iceland Dog particularly likes swimming and should always have a daily walk for their health as well as time outside in secure area to run around and play.