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Swedish Vallhund

Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 25 - 35 lbs.

Height: 12" - 16"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Britain / Sweden (Middle Ages)

Also Known As: Vallhund, Swedish Cattle Dog, Västgötaspets, Vaestgoetaspets

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog, Herding

Exercise Needs

The Swedish Vellum is active indoors and will appreciate inside play with toys and people.

Temperament

Intelligent and easy to train, this breed loves to be the center of attention ("show-off"). It's ideal for dog shows and obedience competitions. The Swedish Vallhund will protect its family at all costs - even when it's too small to do so. This breed can be wary of strangers but will warm up once it realizes the new visitors are welcome. Like most herding dogs, the Vallhund has a tendency to nip at your heels. This is a natural behavior because herders will nip at livestock's feet to drive them from place to place. The Swedish Vallhund can be trained to stop this behavior. A frequent barker with a protective nature, this breed will alarm you to an intruder or disturbance.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with kind children, but may snap at unruly kids.

History

The origin of the Swedish Vallhund is unknown, although there are a couple theories. Some believe that the breed descends from Pembroke Welsh Corgis brought from England to Sweden. Others think that it may be an original breed brought to England by early Vikings. Originally used as a small cattle herder, today the breed is an effective watchdog, vermin hunter and companion.