ICELANDIC SHEEPDOG (Islenskur Fjárhundur)

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FCI-Standard N°289 /  20.06.2007/ GB


TRANSLATION : Helga Andrésdóttir.

ORIGIN : Iceland.


UTILIZATION : Herding dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :   Group 5            Spitz and primitive                    Types.
                                               Section 3          Nordic Watchdogs                   and Herders.
                                               Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Icelandic Sheepdog is Iceland’s only native dog. It was brought to Iceland with the first Viking settlers (AD 874 - 930). The Icelandic Sheepdog and its method of working adapted to the local terrain, farming methods and the hard struggle for survival of the Icelandic people over the centuries, making it indispensable in the rounding up of livestock on the farms. The Icelandic sheepdog’s popularity has increased over the last few decades and, despite the fact the breed is still very small in numbers, it is no longer considered to be in danger of extinction.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Icelandic Sheepdog is a  Nordic herding Spitz, slightly under medium sized with prick ears and a curled tail.  Seen from the side the dog is rectangular; the length of the body from the point of shoulder to point of buttock is greater than the height at withers. The depth of the chest is equal to the length of the foreleg. The expression is gentle, intelligent and happy. A confident and lively bearing is typical for this dog.  There are two types of coat, long and short both thick and extremely weatherproof. There is a marked difference in appearance between the sexes.


BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : The Icelandic Sheepdog is a hardy and agile herding dog which barks, making it extremely useful for herding or driving livestock in the pastures, in the mountains or finding stray sheep. The Icelandic Sheepdog is by nature very alert and will always give visitors an enthusiastic welcome without being aggressive. Hunting instincts are not strong. The Icelandic Sheepdog is cheerful, friendly, inquisitive, playful and unafraid.

HEAD : Strongly built with close fitting skin. Skull slightly longer than muzzle. Triangular when seen from above or the side.



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Skull : Somewhat domed.
Stop : Clearly defined though neither steep nor high.

Nose : Black, dark brown in chocolate brown and some cream dogs.
Muzzle : Well-developed, nasal bridge straight. Muzzle slightly shorter than skull. Tapering evenly towards the nose to form a blunt triangle when seen from both above and from the side.
Lips : Black, close fitting, dark brown in chocolate brown and some cream dogs.
Cheeks : Flat.
Bite : Scissor bite. Complete dentition.
Eyes : Of medium size and almond shaped.  Dark brown. Slightly lighter in chocolate brown and some cream dogs. The eye-rims are black. Dark brown in chocolate brown and some cream dogs.
Ears : Erect and of medium size. Triangular with firm edges and slightly rounded tips. Very mobile, reacting sensitively to sounds and showing the dog’s mood.

NECK : Moderately long and muscular with no loose skin. Slightly arched and carried high.

BODY :  Rectangular and strong. The length in correct proportion to height and in harmony with general appearance.
Back : Level, muscular and strong.
Loins : Broad and muscular .
Croup : Moderately short and wide, slightly sloping and well muscled.
Chest : Long, deep and well sprung.
Belly : Only a slight tuck up.

TAIL : High set, curled over and touching the back.


FOREQUARTERS : When seen from the front the forelegs are straight, parallel and strong. Normal angulation.
Shoulders : Oblique and muscular.
Dew claws : May be double.
Forefeet : Slightly oval toes well-arched and tight with well-developed pads.

HINDQUARTERS : When seen from GO BACK TO LIST the hindlegs are straight, parallel and strong. Normal angulation.
Thighs : Broad and well muscled.
Dew claws : Well-developed double dewclaws are desirable.
Hindfeet : Same as forefeet.

GAIT : Displays agility and endurance with good driving action covering the ground effortlessly.

COAT : Double coat, thick and extremely weatherproof.

HAIR : There are two variants :

  • a) Short haired : The outer coat of medium length, fairly coarse, with a thick, soft undercoat. The hair is shorter on the face, top of head, ears and front of legs, longer on the neck, chest and back of thighs. The tail is bushy and the hair length is in proportion to the coat.
  • b) Longer-haired : The outer coat is longer than the above, fairly coarse, with a thick, soft undercoat. The hair is shorter on the face, top of head, ears and front of legs, longer GO BACK TO LIST the ears, on the neck, chest, GO BACK TO LIST the forelegs and back of thighs. The tail is very bushy and the hair length is in proportion to the coat.

COLOUR : Several colours are permitted but a single colour should always be predominant. The predominant colours are:

  • Various shades of tan, ranging from cream to reddish brown.
  • Chocolate brown.
  • Grey.
  • Black.

White always accompanies the predominant colour. The most common white markings, which are often irregular, are a blaze or a part of the face, collar, chest, socks of varying length and tip of tail. Lighter shading often occurs on the underside of the dog from throat to tip of tail. On tan and grey dogs a black mask, black tips to the outer hairs and even occasional black hairs often occur. Black (tricolour) dogs have a black coat, white markings as mentioned above and traditional markings in any of the various tan colours on the cheeks, over the eyes (eyebrows) and on the legs. Patches of the above colours on a white background (pied) are permitted. White should not be totally predominant.

SIZE : Ideal height is :
Dogs       : 46 cm.
Bitches   : 42 cm. 

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

  • A solid black mantle or saddle on any of the various tan coloured dogs.




  • No dewclaws.
  • Yellow eyes.
  • Round protruding eyes.


Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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ORIGIN: Islanda

This race comes down directly from the dogs of first coloni that they arrived on the island.
The Iceland came nearly extinguished from an epidemic of cimurro, only thanks to the English shepherds and Icelandic it came saved from the extinction.

Of medium ransom it belongs to the great family of the Spitz.
The height comprised between 33 and i 40 cm for i males and from 30 to 38 the females, its varied weight anch' it in function of the sex going in the males from the 11 to the 13 Kg while in the females it goes from the 9 to the 11 kilograms.
The head very proporzionata with obvious lupoidi characters, tartufo large and black and the set of teeth to scissor with jaws many forts the orecchie are of good length and erected capacities.
The body and especially the limbs are strong and muscolosi.
The tail with long devout hairs regarding the body capacity on the back.
The adherent hair and of medium length; it has the most abundant one sottopelo.
The colors are: brown off-white, fulvo, black, black with spots white women.

Much ductile one adapted well to make whichever job, from the shepherdesses to the guard, but knows to be also an optimal dog from company and from defense, it lives very well with the animals of the stable.


Bond, sincere, obedient, but only after the 18 months and cio when it becomes of the all adult, developing the character, from cucciolo a true one discolo.

Dog much resistant one to the diseases.

It goes fed in complete way, eats the fish gladly.
Pu living to the open thanks to abundant its sottopelo.
It goes at least once brushed to the week using a carder.


Shepherdesses of Islanda

(Islenskur   Fjrhundur)

Italian translation:


Origin : Islanda


I USE : Dog from shepherdesses

Classification F.C.I.   Group 5           Spitz and primiti to you

                                               Section 3           Nordic dogs from Guard and Shepherdesses Without test of Job

SHORT REASSUMED HISTORICAL: the shepherdesses Icelandic lunico original dog of the Islanda. state carried in Islanda with the first coloni Vikinghi (TO 874 - 930). The shepherdesses Icelandic and its way to work are themselves adapt you to the local land, to the agricultural methods and, the hard fight for the survival of Icelandic people during the centuries, has rendered it in assembling the cattle in the small farms indispensable. Popolarit of the dogs the Icelandic shepherds increased during the last decades and, in spite of the fact that the race still a lot little numerous, considered it not devout in extinction danger.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : the shepherdesses Icelandic one Nordic Spitz from shepherdesses, po' under the medium dimension with the ears to tip and one rolled up tail. Approval from the side the rectangular dog; the length of the body from the point of the shoulder to point of the large buttock devout of the Height. The profondit of the equal thoracic case to the length of the front leg. The delicate, intelligent and happy expression. Typical lively sure Unandatura and for this dog. There are two types of hair, along and short, both extremely impermeable. C one deep difference in the appearance between the seies

BEHAVIOR And TEMPERAMENT : the shepherdesses Icelandic a strong dog and agile shepherdesses who bark, rendering it for the job or the guide of the cattle in the pastures, mountains or the location of the lost sheep extremely useful. The shepherdesses Icelandic by nature a lot allerta and to always give to the hosts an enthusiastic welcome without aggressive being. Listinto of hunting not strongly. The shepherdesses Icelandic friendly, curious, lively and not frightening allegro.

head : Constructed strongly with adherent skin. The skull a po' devout along of the snout. The seen triangular head gives over or of side.


Skull : Rather to cupola.

Stop : very defined but n steep n high.

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Nose : Black, color dark brown in the dogs color chocolate and some cream.

Snout: Nasal cane very developed and straight. The snout a po' devout short of the skull. It is shrunk towards the nose in order to form a dulled triangle once seen is give over that of side.

Labbra : Black, adherent, of color dark brown in the dogs color chocolate and some cream.

Cheeks : Flat

Teeth: Closing to scissor. Complete set of teeth

Eyes: Of medium shape and it models to almond. . Colore marrone scuro. Po' devout a chocolate luminosity in dogs color and some cream. The eyelids are black or of color chocolate dark brown in dogs color and some cream.

Orecchie : Erected and of medium shape. Triangular with estremit hard and the tips a po' rounded off. Many furnitures, react considerably to the sounds and show lumore of the dog.

Neck : Moderately along and, strongly dry. Incurvato and carried Leggermente up.

Body : Rectangular and strong. The length in corrected proportion with laltezza and harmony with the general appearance.

Posterior part : straight, muscolosa and strong.

Lumbar region : wide and muscolosa.

Rump: Moderately short and wide, a po' hanging and very muscolata.

Chest : Along, deep and very come down.

Belly : leggermente pulled to the inside

TAIL: attacked high and capacity rolled up on the back


FRONT LIMBS: forehead approvals the front limbs are straight, parallels and forts. Angolature normal.

Shoulders: oblique and muscolose

Spurs: they can be double

Front Feet: leggermente ovals with fingers very arch and locked with bearings very develop to you

POSTERIOR LIMBS: Approvals give GO BACK TO LIST the posterior limbs are, straight parallels and forts. Angolature normal.

Thighs: wide and very muscolate

Spurs: they are wishes the double spurs very develops to you to you

Posterior Feet: like the front ones

. ANDATURE: they show agilit and resistance with a good movement that in action covers land without effort.

CAPE: double E layer mantle, extremely impermeable

Hair: there are two varying:

to) Short Hair: the external of medium length, discreetly rough cape, with a sottopelo driven in and soft. The hair devout short on the snout, over the head, on the orecchie and in the front part of the limbs, devout along on the neck, the thorax and the posterior part of thighs. The tail folta and the length of the hair in proportion with the cape.

b) Long Hair: the external devout along regarding how much over, discreetly rough cape, with a sottopelo driven in and soft. The hair devout short on the snout, over the head, in the orecchie and the frontal part of the limbs, devout along GO BACK TO LIST the orecchie, on the neck, thorax, GO BACK TO LIST the front limbs and on the posterior part of thighs. The tail a lot folta and the length of the hair in proportion with the cape.

COLORS: several colors are admitted but a single color would have to be always predominant. The predominant colors are:

  • several tonalit of fulvo, varying from the cream to the tawnyone

  • tawny chocolate

  • gray

  • Black

The white man accompanies always the predominant color. Devout the common spots white women, that they are often irregular, are one star or a part of the snout, the collar, the thorax, the socks of varied length and the tip of the tail. Clear devout shadings often are found in the inferior part of the dog from the throat to the tip of the tail. In the dogs fulvi and grays they often find one black mask, black tips on the external hairs and also occasional black hairs. The black dogs (tricolour) have the black mantle, spots white women like mentioned over and traditional spots in all the several ones tonalit of fulvo, on the thorax, over the eyes (sopracciglia) and on the legs. Parts of the aforesaid colors on a deep pezzato white man () are allowed. The white man does not have to never be totally predominant.

Ransom : the ideal height:

MALES       : 46 cm.

FEMALES    : 42 cm.  

Defects: Every removal the previous points would have to be considered a defect and the gravit with which the defect it would have to be considered, it would have to be in exact proportion with its degree.

  • a solid black cape or sand on dogs of a whichever color of the several ones tonalit of fulvo

Serious defects:

      lack of spurs.

      yellow eyes

      round and protundenti eyes.

Every physical or behavioural dog that clearly extension anormalit must be disqualified

N.B : the males must have two apparently normal testicoli, completely reductions in the scroto


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