Ironically, the Icelandic Sheepdog isn’t technically Icelandic. Which is to say that when Iceland was first settled in the 9th century, it was unlikely there were any dogs at all. Instead, it’s thought that the ancestors of these dogs were probably brought over with Vikings from Norway.
The Icelandic Sheepdog was once highly coveted across Europe, with Sir Thomas Brown writing in 1650: ‘To England there are sometimes exported from Iceland ... a type of dog resembling a fox ... Shepherds in England are eager to acquire them!’
With their faithful and devoted natures, we feel much the same today.