The Swedish Vallhund makes an excellent family pet for those who enjoy walking and taking part in training or other dog related activities. Beware their desire to herd moving objects, and as cattle dogs, they are nimble, bold and not averse to nipping to make someone move and so are not good in families with small active children. Homes with older children, teenagers and those without children will find the Vallhund an engaging and intelligent companion who is affectionate and fun to live with.
While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children, all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with each other and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.