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Icelandic Sheepdog |Iceland|

Icelandic Sheepdog |Iceland|

The rugged, tough Icelandic Sheepdog traces its history to ancient times with dog remains of a similar type uncovered in graves dating back to around 8000 BCE. Iceland was colonized in 874 by Norwegian Vikings who arrived with their dogs. These dogs adapted to the climate and terrain of Iceland, and were used for guarding property and livestock, as well as ridding farms of vermin and providing companionship. Few other dog breeds were imported over the centuries, and in 1901, the importation of any other animals onto the island was banned. This means that Icelandic Sheepdogs have been little influenced by other breeds throughout their history. They are often aptly described as big dogs in small bodies and are full of personality. They are playful, fun, and lively in nature.

Icelandic Sheepdog |Iceland| Icelandic Sheepdog |Iceland|
From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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