Doesn't this sound like some awesomely obsolete, Victorian-era article of men's clothing?
No such luck. It's a dog breed: "a Nordic dog of unknown origin... Affectionate, loyal, vigilant (doesn't that describe dogs in general?)... It is used to draw little carts and for guarding property. However, because of its elegant carriage and because of its irresistible liveliness, it has become a companion dog. It is clean, attached to the family, and useful against robbers." (Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs, 1980) "'Attached to the family'? Isn't there some kind of operation for that? My God, who wrote this dreck? Though the dog does sound lovely..." (Chained_Bear, 2007)