As rugged as his native Iceland, this herding dog is also smart, agile, and affectionate.

Vital Stats

Height: 16.5 to 18 inches at shoulder
Weight: 20 to 30 pounds
Coat: thick, medium-length or longer
Life span: 14 to 15 years

Thought to be companions to the ancient Vikings, the Icelandic Sheepdog was used to protect flocks, especially lambs, from birds of prey. They still retain the habit of watching the sky and barking at birds–as well as everything else they see or hear. Full Icelandic Sheepdog profile on
[usrlist “Cold tolerance:5” “Tendency to bark or howl:5” “Need for exercise:4” “Playfulness:4” “Potential for weight gain:3” “Sensitivity:3” “General health:3” “Ease of training:3” “Easy to groom:3” “Energy Level:3” “Friendly toward strangers:2” “Drooling potential:2” “Good for new owners:1” “Apartment appropriate:1”]