Breed Organization Swedish Vallhund Club of America Website: http://www.swedishvallhund.com Native Country Sweden Other Names Vaestgoetaspets, Vastgotaspets, Vallhund, Swedish Vallhund, Viking Dog, Swedish Cattle Dog, Spitz of the West Goths Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 5-7 Puppies Breed Group AKC Herding
Breed Appearance It is believed that the Swedish Vallhund distinguished itself during the age of Vikings, more than 1,000 years
ago. Known as the "Viking dog", the Vallhund was bred to herd cattle, catch vermin (such as rats), and guard the home. The
Vallhund was also referred to as "the little cattle dog of the Vikings."
Breed Description Head: Fairly long and foxlike. Skull is almost flat. Distinct stop. Square muzzle profile. Tightly closed lips. Ears: Medium size, pointed tips. Held erect. Eyes: Medium size, oval. Dark brown color. Body: Long. Long, muscular neck is held high. Long, chest is well let down. Ribs well sprung. Broad, slightly sloped croup. Belly
slightly tucked up. Strong, short loin. Horizontal, muscular back. Tail: Two types: long or naturally very short. Carried straight out at back level. Many puppies are born tailless. Hair: Moderate length. Hard, compact, and weatherproof. Short on the front of the legs. Slightly longer on the neck, chest, and back of
the legs. Dense, soft undercoat. Coat: Preferred colors are gray, grayish brown, grayish gold, and reddish brown, with darker hairs on the back, neck, and sides of the
body. Lighter hairs on the muzzle, throat, chest, underbelly, thighs, hocks, and feet. Lightest coloring on the shoulders ("harness markings")
is desirable. Small white markings are permissible, such as a narrow flare, a spot on the neck, or a slight collar. Size: Dog: 33 cm (13 in).Bitch: 31 cm 12 in). Weight: 9 to 14 kg (20-31 lb).
History An indigenous Swedish breed, the Swedish Vallhund is a spitz type dog, despite the fact that he looks similar to the Pembroke Welsh
Corgi. In the past, the Swedish Vallhund was used for cattle droving and to guard horses. Count Bjorn von Rosen worked on behalf of
the breed, getting it recognized and registered with the Swedish Kennel Club in 1948. In 1974, a few specimens were sent to Great Britain,
but the breed is still rare outside its native Sweden.
Behavior This rustic, extremely courageous, lively dog is energetic, always on the alert, and quite independent. He has earned his place
as an affection pet that is gentle with children. His vigilance has gained him the reputation of a good guard dog. Firm training
Health Swedish Vallhunds are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. Not
all Vallhunds will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed. Expect
breeders to have up-to-date health clearances certifying that a puppy's parents are free of eye disease and hip dysplasia. Clearances
should be in the form of an eye exam by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with the results registered with the Orthopedic
Foundation for Animals and an OFA or Pennhip evaluation of the hips. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA website or
the website of the Canine Health Information Center.
Advice This sporting dog is not suited for life indoors. He needs to work off his abundant energy daily. Regular brushing is required.