Swedish Vallhund

20-35 lbs
11-13"
Sweden
SV, Vallhund

Powerful and smooth in their gait and stance, the Swedish Vallhund originated from Sweden over 1,200 years ago. This breed dates back to the Viking days and has been documented through time. Their coat is of sable color and they have a sturdy, muscular body. This breed is known as an active herding dog that resembles the Corgi in appearance, and like that breed, has an aptitude that makes it easier for them to be able to nip at the heels of cattle and prevent injury to the head. Historically, the breed was successful at tracking and hunting down small game and was a favorite among workers. Other qualities that made the breed stand out were their affectionate personality, size, and easy-to-maintain coat. Today, while still a good herder, a playful and sweet nature allows them to be part of a family. Their high energy levels mean they require an outlet of intense play and frequent walks, while the herding background means a naturally watchful nature to warn against intruders. Maintaining the coat of the Swedish Vallhund is relatively simple. Regular brushing should reduce the amount of shedding and dead hair. 

Purpose
Tracking, Flushing Game
Date of Origin
Ancient Times
Ancestry
Spitz, Corgi

Swedish Vallhund Health

Average Size
Male Swedish Vallhund size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 20-35 lbs
Female Swedish Vallhund size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 20-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinopathy
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hips
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Full Physical Examination

Swedish Vallhund Breed History

Said to have originated with the Vikings over 1000 years ago in Sweden, the breed name is derived from their origin. The Swedish Vallhund was previously known as the “Vikingarnas Hund” or the “Viking Dog”. While documentation is scarce, present findings indicate that this sturdy canine was taken to Wales and mixed with the Corgi breed, due to the similarities. This dog also has ties to the Spitz family. The original purpose of this clever dog was to work on farms as a sheep herder, nipping the ankles of the flock to catch their attention. Their short size allowed them to easily nip the ankles while remaining unharmed due to their agility. In 1942, Mr. Bjorn von Rosen of the Swedish Kennel Club worked to save older Swedish breeds and launched a breeding program with the Swedish Vallhunds. In 1974, the first of the breed was imported to England. In 1980, the Swedish Vallhund Society received approval from the United Kennel Club and was then formed. In 1985, the first two Swedish Vallhunds were imported to the state of California. During the same year, Marilyn Thell fell in love with these energetic pups while visiting England and so, brought two more to the United States. In 1986, the first litter of the breed was whelped by Jonricker Kenner. They have been part of the Foundation Stock Service since 1999. In 2005, they were approved to compete in the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class. In 2006, this delightful breed became eligible to participate in AKC Herding Events and became eligible for AKC registration in early 2007. In mid-2007, they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. 

Swedish Vallhund Breed Appearance

The Swedish Vallhund has a medium-length harsh coat with a close and tight topcoat and a soft and dense undercoat. The fur is short on the head and the foreparts of the legs and can be seen in a sable and white pattern, but can also be seen in combinations of gray and red. Lighter shades are usually noticed on the chest, belly, lower legs, feet and hocks. The tail may be naturally long, stubbed, or bobbed. The expression of this agile, eager canine is that of intelligence and alertness. A strong, well-boned, well-developed body leads to a skull that is broad and slightly flat with a squared muzzle. Their nose remains on the same line as the muzzle. The breed has a wedge-shaped head with upright ears. The expressive eyes are medium in size, oval-shaped, and are dark brown. This breed has black lips and strong, well-developed teeth in a scissors bite. The paws are well-boned and muscular. 

Appearance of Swedish Vallhund
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Swedish Vallhund eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Swedish Vallhund nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Swedish Vallhund coat
Sable
red Swedish Vallhund coat
Red
gray Swedish Vallhund coat
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Swedish Vallhund straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Swedish Vallhund Breed Maintenance

The dense coat of this active dog requires daily brushing to reduce the amount of dead hair. Occasional baths can allow your Swedish Vallhund to look their best and should be completed every 6 to 8 weeks, more often if necessary. Nails should be trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks to ensure there is no overgrowth of nails. Ears should be cleaned and wiped weekly to avoid a buildup of debris and teeth should be brushed weekly. This breed is not hypoallergenic, is an average shedder, and is not known to have any significant smells. An average climate would be best for this breed due to their double-coat. There is no specific diet for them, but extra precaution should be taken so obesity does not become an issue. 

Brushes for Swedish Vallhund
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Swedish Vallhund requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Swedish Vallhund Temperament

The Swedish Vallhund is considered to be friendly and even-tempered. They love to bark which means that early training is of vital importance in order to teach your dog when it is appropriate to bark. An animated breed with much to say in the form of yips and howls, they are smart, playful, and willing to engage with the family, making for a great companion. Described as a breed with a sense of humor that provides great happiness to the owners, they are also loyal and hardworking, eager to please, and easy to train. The breed is known for their versatile determination and can easily participate in traditional herding or proper training. This charismatic dog gets along well with family members, children, and other animals as long as training is provided early and they are taught appropriate behavior. They may be slightly hesitant towards new people and strangers but with early socialization, can learn the difference between an intruder and a friendly stranger. 

Swedish Vallhund Activity Requirements

The activity level of this energetic family member is relatively high as this dog loves to herd and therefore, supervision is best when around small animals. Engaging in play and chasing after animals are natural traits so this pup would fare best in a home with a large yard where energy can be easily be burned off. A small apartment may not be suitable. Allow your Swedish Vallhund to walk, explore and play for at least 45 minutes a day and they will be a content companion. This breed maintains a lot of energy and it is important the owner be able to keep up with the requirements of daily exercise and intense play.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Swedish Vallhund Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Swedish Vallhund Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Swedish Vallhund size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Swedish Vallhund size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Swedish Vallhund size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Swedish Vallhund size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 12 lbs
18 Months
Male Swedish Vallhund size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Swedish Vallhund size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 24 lbs

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