The Icelandic Sheepdog belongs to the Spitz type of breeds; these types of dog are characterised by their thick and long fur, as well as having spiked ears and pointed muzzles. It is common to see the tail coiled and curled over the dog's back with this type of breed. The Spitz type are descendants of the dogs that were introduced to Iceland by the Vikings. In Iceland, they are still commonly used to herd sheep, hence their given name.
Appearance and Physique
The nose is a particularly dominant feature on the Icelandic Sheepdog. Though pointed, the muzzle on this type of dog is quite flattened or compact, a set of blackened lips lining the mouth. The eyes are usually dark brown in colour. In terms of size, the breed is slightly under medium and the dog sports the aforementioned curled tail, arching over - and often touching - the dog's back. The dog may have two types of coat, either short or long, though both types are very thick and offer adequate protection from adverse weather for the dog.
There is a distinct visual difference between males and females of this breed. In addition, size also differs, with males...