The Swedish Vallhund is a very ancient national dog breed of Sweden and is often dated back to the 8th/9th century. It originated in the county of Västergötland, which lies just south of Sweden´s biggest lake Vänern. Here the small dog proved to be an excellent watch/guard and herding dog. They are known for their use in cow herding. These dogs temperament made them suitable as a working dogs and watch dogs. The breed followed the Viking settlement of England and is thought to have played a part in the modern Corgi and the Lancashire heeler. In turn, the Swedish Vallhund is related to larger spitz dogs and moose hunting dogs of Scandinavia. Large dogs of this spitz-type, have been found buried with their masters in stone-age settlements in Scandinavia.The Swedish Vallhund is also known as the Swedish cattle dogs.
The Swedish Vallhund in appearance in not unlike the Welsh Corgi and, although longer on the leg, is much the same size. His coat colour comes in steel-grey, greyish-brown, greyish-yellow, reddish-yellow or reddish brown with darker hairs on the back, neck and sides of the body.
IMPORTANT. A Swedish Vallhund with exaggerated features is the result of bad breeding. Credit; The Breed Club Connection.
This breed makes a great companion and can also be used for herding and ratting. They love human attention and are very devoted to their owners. They are a clownish dog, and can be a show-off at times. The Swedish Vallhund is responsive and even-tempered with most people, but they can be wary of strangers and should be properly socialized and trained as a puppy as to avoid over-protective behavior as an adult. They are also known for heel nipping, due to their inbuilt herding traits. They will feel uneasy if their human family is spread out. This is a habit that can either be encouraged for working farm dogs or discouraged in companion pets. The Swedish Vallhund is a “big dog with short legs” and does not have the temperament of dwarf dog breeds. It is calm, balanced and intelligent.
The Swedish Vallhund is generally a healthy dog. Its small stature makes it often long lived. Its pointy ears mean that unlike dog breeds with long, hanging ears, ear problems are rare in the Swedish Vallhund. This breed does not do well in very hot climates, and as any pet, should never be left in a hot car. This breed does not do well in very deep snow because of their short legs. One thing to avoid with this breed is excessive jumping, which will put unnecessary strain on the dog’s long back. They do not, however, suffer back problems to the same extent as other similarly built breeds.