Get to know the Icelandic Sheepdog
All you need to know about the breed
“The more the merrier” is a good way to describe the mindset of an Icelandic Sheepdog. They are most content when next to their humans, preferably burning off some energy outside, and once trained, display a friendly attitude towards other dogs, household pets and children. Having said that, their herding ancestry means that Icelandic Sheepdogs need some supervision around young children, as they will instinctively round them up, like sheep! The breed is rather vocal, which makes apartment living...a little complicated. However, an Icelandic Sheepdog’s bark is more of a friendly welcome for strangers as opposed to a threat.
You need to keep training an Icelandic Sheepdog fresh and interesting - or you may lose the attention of this free-thinking canine. The same goes for exercise, as the Icelandic Sheepdog is an intelligent and energetic breed. This breed responds well to physical and mental stimulation, so is well suited to an active owner who is happy to engage in tracking, obedience and agility-based exercises.
Icelandic Sheepdogs have a friendly temperament and are very devoted to their family - be aware that they will become anxious or sad if left alone for long periods of time. But with their gentle and playful nature, who would want to be separated from their Icelandic Sheepdog for too long?
2 facts about Icelandic Sheepdogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Icelandic Sheepdog