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This breed originates from Iceland.

The group type is Northern in the UKC.

The typical height is 16 to 20 inches.

The typical weight is 25 to 35 pounds.

The breed has a moderate to high activity level.

This breed has special needs of needing exercise, grooming, socialization, training, and a job or organized activity.

The only possible health concerns for this breed is hip dyslasia.

Physical Description:  This breed is small to medium in size that is longer than tall and features a deep chest. The head is strong and triangular shaped with its’ muzzle being shorter than skull. The tail carries over its’ back. The prick ears are triangular with slightly rounded tips that are medium in size.  The breed can have either a medium length or a longer coat type. Both styles are weather resistant and dense with thick undercoat. The coat colors may be gray, brown, tan, or black with white markings. The coat is longer on the tail, back of the legs, and at the neck.

Temperament:  The breed is cheerful and gentle and gets along well with people including children. They are playful and gentle at home and is enthusiastic and confident in its work.   

History of Breed:  This dog is Iceland’s only native breed. Most believe the breed was brought to the island by Viking settlers in the late 9th or 10th century. The breed has been utilized to herd livestock and is considered a vital asset to farmers and ranchers. The breed has faced extinction several times but has seen increased numbers during the past few decades.

Owner type:  Due to its moderate to high activity level, this breed works best with an active family in a county setting.


Source:  The Original Dog Bible – 2nd edition


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