Icelandic Sheepdogs are not for everybody. They are happiest when they are given love, attention, and exercise. Typically, they are not hyperactive, and like most dogs sleep a good part of the day, but if not given attention, they can get into mischief. It is important to respond to the barking by not reinforcing it, perhaps putting it on a direct command, and rewarding “Quiet.” They respond well to clicker training, They generally prefer to be with their people. As I write this I have four Icelandic sheepdogs in the room with me. If left outside in a fenced in yard, they might dig, bark at squirrels and chipmunks, as well as bask in the sun. Their barking could irritate nearby neighbors. They have a double coat, with the inner layer insulating them. They should not be shaved, but a warm climate is not ideal for them, and in that climate air conditioning is a necessity. My icelandics blow their coat once or twice a year, and only need a bath before conformation shows, or if they have managed to find a very aromatic spot in the woods to wiggle in. They do not have a doggy odor. I walk them off leash in the woods, and they are fine hiking companions. They have endurance, and return to me after they chase squirrel and deer. Often, an Icelandic sheepdog will live to 14-17 years. Cancers occur, but they are relatively rare in this breed.