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The Swedish Vallhund is an ancient Viking
breed of Spitz type dating more than a thousand
years ago when they were possibly known
as Vikingarnas Dogs. While this breed's
exact origin is questioned, it is strongly
believed this is an authentic Swedish breed
thought to be related to the Welsh Corgi
due to their similarities. The Swedish Vallhund
is small, sturdy, alert, fearless, energetic
and has a fox-like appearance. This breed's
coat has characteristic harness markings
and facial masks. The Swedish Vallhund is
an all purpose farm dog and was most notably
used to herd sheep and cattle.
In the early 1940s, Swedish Vallunds were
almost extinct. Count Björn von Rosen
along with Karl-Gustaf Zettersten took a
genuine interest in reviving the breed and
through their research, located a few remaining
Swedish Vallhunds throughout the countryside
of Sweden. Their breeding program was successful
and because of their efforts, Swedish Vallhunds
are in existance today. Swedish Vallhunds
were first recognized as a breed by the
Swedish Kennel Club in 1943.
The first Swedish Vallhunds were brought
to the United States in 1985 and the Swedish
Vallhund Club was founded a couple of years
later. In 2007, the Swedish Vallhund was
recognized by the American Kennel Club in
the Herding Group. While this breed is still
used for herding, because of their friendly,
sweet and loyal nature, they also make great
family dogs and companions. In addition,
Swedish Vallhunds are exceptional in agility,
obedience and as well as herding for which
these dogs have earned titles at conformation
The height of a Swedish Vallhund when measured
at the shoulder can be from 11½ to
13½ inches (29 - 34 cm). Females
measure slightly shorter than dogs.
The weight of a Swedish Vallhund can range
between 25 - 35 pounds (11 - 16 kg).
Type: The Swedish Vallhund
has a medium length double coat. The under
coat is dense and soft while top coat is
harsh, tight and lies flat. The Swedish
Vallhund has a low maintenance coat - brush
weekly and bath when needed. This breed's
coat should be kept in its natural form.
The color of a Swedish
Vallhund coat can be any color or shade
from gray to red.
The Swedish Vallhund is friendly, sweet,
energetic and alert. This a wonderful breed
with children and also a great, devoted
companion. They are intelligent, eager to
please and do very well in training - which
is a must as well as being properly socialized.
Swedish Vallhunds are adaptable and get
along with other dogs. A Swedish Vallhund
owner must be his pack leader - always dominant
which will help prevent behavior issues.
This breed has is playful and humourous.
Swedish Vallhunds are also very alert and
will bark at something which is out of the
ordinary making them a great watch dog.
This breed should be exercised daily - walks,
running or simply playing are all considered
Concerns: The Swedish Vallhund
is a healthy and hearty. Although their
life expectancy is between 13 - 15 years,
it's not uncommon for them to live up to
age of 18.
• Vallhund means herding dog in Swedish.
• Swedish Vallhunds are also referred
to as Little Viking Dogs.
• Swedish Vallhund can have either
a stub or long tail.
• Swedish Vallhunds are used today
as therapy dogs as well as in Search and
AKC: Herding Group
ANKC: Working Dogs Group 5
CKC: Herding Dogs Group 7
FCI: Group 5 Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs
UKC: Herding Dogs