Faroese Sheepdog

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Faroese Sheepdog
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Faroese Sheepdog
OriginFaroese Islands
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Faroese Sheepdog is a breed of dog from the Faroe Islands, rather described as a landrace than a modern breed.[1] It may be related to the Icelandic Sheepdog.[2]


The Faroese Sheepdog looks a lot like the Border Collie.[2]


The Faroese Sheepdog catches a sheep by a foreleg or the shoulder and holds it until it has been brought to the ground.[2][1]


The breed's ancestors were Norse dogs that crossed with indigenous local dogs (which were probably originally brought there by Irish and Scottish monks). In addition, Collie type dogs (especially Border Collies) had a great influence on the development of the breed.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c Islands of the Sheep, Paradise of Birds. National Pure Bred Dog Day.
  2. ^ a b c d The Herding Dogs of Scandinavia. Border Collie Museum.