Breed Profile: Icelandic Sheepdogs

The Icelandic Sheepdogs are a breed that have remained relatively pure. That means these classic Nordic working dogs look almost identical to the way they looked thousands of years ago! Let’s get to know this amazing breed.



The Vikings are known for being invaders, but they were also a cultured people who picked up on innovations from every place and people they conquered. In order to amass land and go on such extensive expeditions, the Vikings needed a hardy breed of dogs. The Icelandic sheepdog was bred to be on the lookout for any invaders, big or small. As a result, these dogs are loyal watchdogs event today. They are quick to bark at anything that enters your realm.  Some estimate the dog being present in Denmark and Sweden as far back as 8000 BC! Their primary jobs were to prevent the sheep from getting lost and to drive horses back and forth.


  1. Alex

    I want one!

  2. Fritz

    They are great dogs. Saw them everywhere in Iceland and Norway.

    • Telen

      Awesome. One day i’ll get one and name him Thor.

  3. marta

    beautiful dog pics!

  4. 1010001dy

    Good profile

  5. Ruben

    Nice, lovely group of dogs in Scandinavia.

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