The Icelandic dog is often described as a large dog in the body of a small dog.Icelandic dogs are tough and energetic. Hardy and agile, they are extremely useful for herding and driving livestock or finding lost sheep. However, the dogs are not known for hunting. Icelandic dogs are very alert and will always give visitors an enthusiastic welcome, without being aggressive. Friendly and cheerful, the Icelandic dog is inquisitive, playful and unafraid. Most adore children and get along well with other dogs and pets.