Dog Breed Group: Pastoral (Herding Dog)
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 10-11, Female: 9-10
Height: Male: 14-15, Female: 13-14.5
Origin of Name: Icelandic Sheepdogs are tough and energetic.
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History suggests that the Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the most ancient and domesticated dog breeds. Although very few documents exist from the time when Iceland was first inhabited, the 1000 year old folklore and legends tell of a great and loyal canine companion, the Icelandic Sheepdog. The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only dog native to the island of Iceland. It is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, and due to the separation of its country's cold Nordic landscape, Iceland's sheep evolved differently from other breeds that migrated to the island. Through centuries of development and natural selection, the Icelandic sheepdog adjusted and adapted to Iceland's harsh climate and difficult terrain. The breed also adapted well to the methods of early Icelandic farmers, making Icelandic sheepdogs an important and much-needed companion and companion to the early livestock farmer. The hard-working nature of the breed, and its dedication and loyalty to its human companions was highly revered by the people of Iceland. So valuable and revered was this breed, that archaeologists have unearthed several tombs containing the bones of these treasured dogs, showing that the honor of burial was appropriate for these dog members of ancient society as well.
The extreme climate and weather that existed in the country of Iceland for centuries created many difficulties for the people of Iceland. In the 10th century, oppressive environmental conditions caused widespread famine in the country, with such severity that extreme measures of killing dogs for food were employed to sustain human life. Dogs with the strongest character, intelligence, and health spared the tragic fate of becoming dinner, and those who remained after the famine produced strong, healthy and resilient races of native Icelandic dogs; Able to withstand the challenging climate and terrain of your country with ease