Icelandic Sheepdog is a strongly-built dog but stands
no more than 18 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a thick, weather-proof double coat that is
either short haired or long haired. The coat has a predominant colour in shades of tan (from
cream to dark red), chocolate brown, grey, black tri-colour, or pied (patches of the above
colours on white). White always accompanies the predominant colour. The most common white
markings are a blaze, collar, chest, socks, and tip of tail. Lighter shading often occurs on
the underside of the dog from throat to tip of tail. Solid
white or black dogs are not permitted. Like other Spitz dogs, the Icelandic Sheepdog carries his tail curled up over his back.
Iceland's only native dog has a happy and gentle
expression. With a confident and lively air, he presents an alert, affectionate personality. Although
smaller than most of the northern dogs, the Icelandic Sheepdog is hardy and agile and
possesses plenty of endurance. He easily moves over varied and difficult terrain. A dog who is
accustomed to having a job to do, the Icelandic Sheepdog is intelligent and easy to train as
he learns very quickly. He makes a good watchdog but is not aggressive.
This dog loves the great outdoors, and regular
exercise should keep him mentally and physically stimulated. Cheerful, friendly, inquisitive
and playful, the Icelandic Sheepdog makes an enthusiastic companion who will adapt to suburban
life as well as country living.