A medium-sized, short, sturdy dog with a body that is longer than he is tall, the adult male Swedish Vallhund stands at 33-35cm and the adult female at 31-33cm and the weight range is 11.5-16kg. The short, weather-resistant coat comes in steel-grey, grey-brown, grey-yellow, red-yellow, and red-brown. For full details of coat colour and patterns, see the breed standard.
- Category size: Medium
- Grooming requirements: Once a week
- Shedding: Moderate
- Allergies: No
- Noise: Vocal
- Dog Group Kennel Club: Pastoral
- Alone: 1 to 3 hours
- Other pets: High
- Stability as a guard: High
Also known as the Swedish Cattle Dog, the Swedish Vallhund dog breed is thought to be almost 1,000 years old. It is believed that he is related to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, another ancient dog that was used for droving cattle. In his homeland, the Vallhund is called Vastgotaspets, meaning 'spitz of the West Goths'. Despite being such a long-established dog type, the Vallhund dog almost died out in the 1940s, but the dedicated efforts of two breeders were successful in saving the breed.
An alert, lively dog, the Swedish Vallhund is a natural watchdog. Friendly and amenable, he is a joy to train and spend quality family time with, and is a loyal companion to his loved ones. Left for too long, or not given the exercise and attention he needs, he will bark and become destructive, as many dogs would.
The Swedish Vallhund is generally a healthy breed. As with many breeds, eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems) can arise and so eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is recommended.
The Swedish Vallhund needs at least an hour's daily exercise and is capable of much more! He is a versatile breed that is responsive to new challenges – from herding sheep to agility.
Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.
The low-maintenance coat consists of a dense, soft undercoat and a harsh-textured, close topcoat. A weekly brush through is recommended.