The Icelandic Sheepdog is a Spitz-type herding dog. These Iceland Dog Breeds are believed to have been brought by the Vikings and were developed around 874 A.D. This typical livestock herding dog is closely related to the Karelian Bear Dog. Icelandic Sheepdog has an energetic, alert and cheerful temperament. They are not compatible with birds and are good family companions, needs fine grooming and requires an active lifestyle with adequate activities. Icelandic Sheepdog has dense medium-length coats of various bicolour shades like white-fawn, black-white etc., erect ears, bushy tail and features a compact build. It has a lifespan of 12-15 years and is prone to patellar luxation, distichiasis and hip-dysplasia.