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Swedish Vallhund


Swedish Vallhund Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 11.5" - 13.5"
  • Weight
  • 25-35 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Red
    • Silver / Grey
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Vastgotaspets, Viking dog, Swedish cattle dog, spitz of the West Goths.


The Swedish vallhund originated in Sweden.

Date Of Origin

We know that this breed developed over 1,000 years ago. This breed was revived in 1942.


The Swedish vallhund is believed to be an ancient dog, first developed as an all purpose farm dog and cattle herder. It is believed to have been brought to Sweden with the Vikings and may be related to the corgis. It was close to extinction until the mid-twentieth century, when a fancier revitalized the breed. The vallhund is a herder of both cattle and sheep. It was first imported to England in the 1970?s and to the U.S. in the 1980?s.


This is a sturdy, small or medium size spitz type dog with a rectangular shape. It has a wedge shaped head, black nose, and prick ears. The tail is naturally long or bob or docked. The double coat has a thick undercoat and course outer coat that is gray to red with harness markings and a facial mask.


The vallhund is an alert, bold, curious, and energetic dog. A hard worker, it is intelligent, trainable, and eager to please. It gets along with almost everyone, including children and other animals.


This breed is a herder of sheep and cattle. It is also known to be a companion. However shedding needs to be regulated with professional grooming.

Health Concerns

Cleft palate, cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, retinal dysplasia.

Additional Information

The vallhund requires an active owner. It can adapt to a city, suburban, or rural home, provided it receives enough exercise and attention.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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