Our Icelandic Sheepdog


Stokk-Sels Steinríkur

S: IS CH Heiðarhofs Kolmar
SS: Keilis Frakkur
SD: Stefsstells Hátíð
D: Stokk-Sels Skíma
DS: IS CH Arnarstaða Askur
DD: Stokk-Sels Verðandi Snjódís

For years we have been looking for just the right male Icelandic Sheepdog to add to our family. When we saw Rikki's photo we instantly knew he was the one! A stunning boy in every way his handsome good looks are only outshined by his sweet temperment.

Rikki is an absolute joy to have around the farm. He is great with the horses - and of course loves every guest that arrives! He is quick to learn and enjoys training. Unlike many Icelandic Sheepdogs Rikki only barks when nesessary and is generally a quiet and mellow guy. The sky is the limit for this fun loving boy!

What a face!

Rikki has passed several important health tests and is CHIC qualified. The results of all his health tests can be found here: OFA / Embark Rikki is available for breeding to approved ISD bitches. He produced eight beautiful puppies in his first litter! Please contact us for more information on Rikki.

To view more photos of Rikki, please visit his photo album.

The Icelandic Sheepdog

The Icelandic Sheepdog is an ancient spitz type breed. The ancestors of today’s Icelandic Sheepdogs traveled along with the early horses to Iceland in the open boats of the Vikings. Once in Iceland the dogs helped the farmers round up the horses and sheep – a job many still do today with great enthusiasm.

Loki herding horses
Loki herding horses

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a herder and that’s what most love to do. They usually are very vocal in their work and take great joy in it. They are extremely intelligent and highly trainable. They love learning skills like obedience and agility. They also excel at learning tricks. They have a great deal of energy when outside – always on the go. But once indoors most like to snuggle with you or lay down for a nap.

The Icelandic Sheepdog is first and foremost a family companion. They are lively, cheerful dogs with a lot of affection to give to all. Most are extremely good with children and get along well with other animals (although they may have the tendency to chase smaller animals if not taught otherwise). Good temperament is the hallmark of the breed.

The coat of the Icelandic Sheepdog comes in two varieties – medium and long. Both coats are extremely weatherproof and keep the Icelandic Sheepdog warm and dry in even the harshest conditions. Although they love the cold, they handle the summertime temperatures quite well. The coat sheds twice a year, but otherwise requires little maintenance.

The Icelandic Sheepdog is a rare breed. However, more and more people are finding what a wonderful addition to the family this breed can be and their popularity is growing steadily here in the US and abroad.

For more information about the breed, please see the links page.

Rikki with Nordurvindur’s Mæra (a Loki granddaughter) owned by Andrea's mother
Rikki with Nordurvindur’s Mæra (a Loki granddaughter) owned by Andrea's mother