The Icelandic Sheep Breeders Of the British Isles is a small, friendly group of individuals. We are scattered all over the UK, from the northern tips of Scotland to southern Cornwall.
We are all happy to help or advise on Icelandic sheep matters, care or breeding.

The first Icelandic sheep were imported into the UK in 1979, and in 1988 the Icelandic Sheep Breeders Of the British Isles (ISBOBI) was founded with the aims of preserving the purity of the breed in the UK and coordinating information about the sheep to breeders and those who are interested in buying them.


An ‘upbred’ is a sheep which has been bred in the past with a sheep which is not registered with the society but has since had further crossing back to Icelandic genetics. Only upbreds from those previously registered and over 99% may be currently registered in accordance with the constitution. Upbred sheep are marked by a ‘(U)’ after their name.


The fleeces are used for a wide variety of purposes, they are in great demand by felters and by hand spinners for knitting, crochet and weaving.

Benefits of Membership

Membership of the ISBOBI offers the following benefits:-

1.       Access to the flock book

2.       Registration of pure bred sheep and qualified upbreds* and entry into Flock Book

3.       Access to members area of website

4.       Listing of your flock along with a dedicated page on the ISBOBI website

5.       Members Handbook

6.       Free advertising of sheep sales on ISBOBI website

7.       Technical support from other members

*Registration of pure bred sheep and upbred sheep over 99% Icelandic with both parents already registered

Membership renewals are due in January, reminders will be sent out.  Membership Renewal Form for 2023 can be downloaded below.

If you wish to become a Member then please complete the New Member Form. 

This can then be emailed to or posted to Linda Stewart, The Rowans, 25 Boggs Holdings, Pencaitland, East Lothian, EH34 5BD

As a new member you don’t need to advise the Society of the sheep you have acquired or get them re-registered under your flock name.  You only need to register their offsprings that you have breed and meet breed standards, these will then be registered under your flock name.


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