Looking just like their cousin Corgis, albeit less renowned, the Swedish Vallhund is a working and farm dog known for their energy, alertness and intelligence. Native to the Scandinavian country of Sweden, the Vallhund is an active dog with a herding background. While they have been around for centuries, this breed has only made its way to American shores recently. In fact, it is believed that the first two Vallhunds were imported to the United States around 1985. However, because of their working history and their athletic capacities, they are slowly becoming more popular as a pet, companion and outdoor partner.
The Swedish Vallhund is, above all else, known for herding abilities. Unfortunately, actual herding is rarely being done nowadays, except for when you live and work on a farm. Therefore, to scratch that “herding” itch that your dog may intrinsically have, you need to find certain alternatives. One of the best and most effective ways to utilize the Vallhund’s herding instincts is through a game of treibball. Also known as drive ball, this canine sport involves your dog herding a ball across the field and into the goal, similar to how a soccer game is played. It originated in Germany and was intentionally made with herding dogs in mind.
For an active and energetic breed like the Swedish Vallhund, a good amount of physical exercise is a must. However, there are times when you are too busy and incapable of heading outdoors. There will also be times when the weather won’t permit your usual outdoor activities. An ingenious alternative for your usual walk in the neighborhood or run in the park is to get your dog on a treadmill. The treadmill is an exercise machine that is able to simulate the sensation of running. What’s more, it can mimic virtually all running conditions and can incorporate elements such as speed, inclines and declines. By getting your Vallhund moving on a treadmill, you get to satisfy their physical needs without having to leave your house.
Given this breed’s history as a working-class dog, the Swedish Vallhund is the perfect partner-in-crime for some outdoor adventure. If you are feeling the need to check out what the wilderness has to offer, bring your pooch with you on a backpacking trip. The Vallhund is a fairly active breed with a stamina that is innate in athletic dogs. Thus, they can keep up with you on your trekking trips. By taking your dog backpacking, you are giving them the physical and mental stimulation that they need on a regular basis. Furthermore, you get to devote time and attention to your dog, which can ultimately help strengthen your relationship with each other.
The Swedish Vallhund originates from the cold Scandinavian region and is used to the cold weather. During the winter season, head out to your backyard and play with your pooch in the snow. You can even throw snowballs and laugh as you watch your dog try to fetch it.
With immense athleticism and a working background, Swedish Vallhunds are not suitable for couch potato owners. Instead, they need someone who can keep up with their active lifestyle. On your next run, take your Vallhund with you to keep them healthy and in shape.