Icelandic Sheepdog

Fans of Minnesota’s pro football team might want to consider me for a new mascot—I was brought to Iceland by the Vikings over 1,000 years ago. Today I’m more of an amiable family dog with a fondness for play and a curious streak. I’m very affectionate with family and love kids, yet I’m reserved with strangers and other dogs. My brothers are more mellow and affectionate than my sisters.

I’m clever and easy to train with a bit of extra patience. As a natural herder I’m prone to barking. I can also be clingy and don’t like being left alone; apartment life with a new owner is not for me. A brisk walk, games, or agility sessions every day will satisfy my high need for activity. I will go after small animals and can roam outdoors, so keep me on a leash or in a safe area.

I’m a small medium-sized breed, standing 16 to 18 inches tall and weighing 20 to 30 pounds. My thick waterproof coat can handle the worst winter weather and requires weekly brushing, with extra attention during shedding seasons. My fur may be straight or wavy, and coloring can be cream to reddish brown, chocolate brown, gray, or black, with white markings, a fluffy curled tail, and occasionally a black mask.

I’m a rugged, healthy dog that will be a loyal friend for 14 to 15 years. Possible health issues to watch for include hip dysplasia, kneecap luxation, eye problems, and undescended testicles.