The Icelandic Sheepdog, the only native dog breed of Iceland, is a small- to medium-sized, endearingly obedient all-around herder. Icelandics are a richly covered Nordic spitz-type breed passionately attached to their owners.
One of the roughly 50 northern breeds worldwide categorized as spitzes is the Icelandic. A dense coat, foxy face, pointed ears, and a bushy, curling tail are some of the breed’s “spitziness” characteristics. Icelandics are just under what we’d classify as medium-sized, standing no more than 18 inches tall at the shoulder. They have a variety of dominating hues and always have white markings. The facial expression is charming—friendly, joyful, and perpetually projecting the idea that there is nowhere they’d rather be than with you.