The Icelandic horse! First thing first: The Icelandic horse is a horse, not a pony even though it is small.
We love the Icelandic sheep, and we love its fabulous wool that has kept Icelanders warm since the island was inhabited. First, let us tell you that Icelandic sheep are special. We don’t just say that because they look cute (sort of?) but because some of them have personality traits and intelligence above sheep from other countries.
Icelandic goats are extremely rare animals. When Iceland was settled, some 1100 years ago, the first goats came to Iceland, most likely from Norway. Due to the prevalence of sheep farming in Iceland, the so-called “Settlement goat” almost went extinct in the late 1900’s. Only around 90 goats remained. The breed barely got back on track around the second world war, but nowadays it’s up to almost 1000 animals, whereas there are probably 800.000 sheep in the country. We hope you won’t hold it against them, but due to the isolation and almost-extinction, the Icelandic goat breed is very much inbred.