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

Summary
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 DogTime.com

Cold tolerance:
5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Tendency to bark or howl:
5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Need for exercise:
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Playfulness:
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Potential for weight gain:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Sensitivity:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
General health:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Ease of training:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Easy to groom:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Energy Level:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Friendly toward strangers:
2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)
Drooling potential:
2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)
Good for new owners:
1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)
Average:
3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)