In 1650 Sir Thomas Brown wrote:
“To England there are sometimes exported from Iceland …
a type of dog resembling a fox …
Shepherds in England are eager to acquire them!
The Icelandic Sheepdog HistoryThe Icelandic Sheepdog is categorized a Rare Dog Breed. The Icelandic Sheepdog of today closely resembles its ancestors found at archaeological sites in Denmark and Sweden dating back to 8000 B.C., a long time favorite of the Vikings.
The Viking or Norseman ( “people from the North” ) from Scandinavia as they were called between the 700 – 1100 centuries, established states or colonies in what is referred to as the Faroe Islands, England, Scotland, Wales, Iceland, Finland, Ireland, Russia, Canada, Greenland, France, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany today.
Their dogs and sheep were part of the colonization and introduced to indigenous species.
The desolate isolation of Iceland, a harsh and remote island located just below the Arctic Circle, settled by Norse adventurers more than a 1200 years ago, kept the Icelandic Sheepdog and Icelandic Sheep breed true to bloodline.
The Viking Norseman of Legend were accompanied by a dog companion to become known as the Icelandic Sheepdog, a German Spitze type of breed characterized by long, thick, and often white fur, and pointed ears and muzzles with a tail is usually curled over the dog’s back.
In recent genetic testing of dog breeds, many spitze-types were found to be in the group closest to wolves, presumed to be the oldest types of dogs. From other excavations in Switzerland dating back 2000 years show Spitze-type dogs have inhabited Central Europe for millennia.
Icelandic Sheepdog Profile
Icelandic Sheepdogs love to compete in dog agility trials, obedience, Rally Obedience, Showmanship, Flyball, Tracking, Frisbee (designed for dogs), Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer etcetera and herding events. Herding instincts along with trainability prerequisites can be measured at noncompetition herding tests. Icelandic Sheepdogs exhibiting fundamental herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.
Personality & Temperament
Icelandic Sheepdogs are tough and energetic. Hardy and agile, they are extremely useful for herding and driving livestock or finding lost sheep. However, the dogs are not known for hunting. Icelandic sheepdogs are very alert and will always give visitors an enthusiastic welcome, without being aggressive.
Friendly and cheerful, the Icelandic Sheepdog is inquisitive, playful and unafraid. They generally get along well with children, as well as other pets.
HALTER ICELANDIC Icelandic Sheepdog Puppy
Icelandic Sheepdog puppies are available from time to time. It is important to us they find compatible owners. If you believe you are the right person to raise this heritage breed and offer them the proper environment to develop emotionally and physically, contact us.
HALTER ICELANDIC Icelandic Sheepdog Showing
HALTER ICELANDIC Icelandic Sheepdog owner Eric McFadden proudly presents Vina, winner Best of Breed and her litter-mate “Eagleisle Brosi” winner Best of Opposite Sex.Contact Us For More Information