Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund History/Evolution:

The Swedish Vallhund is an ancient breed with origins that go back to the Vikings, when it was known as the Vikingarnas Hund, or “Viking Dog.” A small, powerful, sturdy breed, the Swedish Vallhund excels as cattle drover, watchdog, ratter, and general farmhand. Although the Corgi and the SV share some similarities, the SV is longer legged and not as stocky. The dog faced extinction in Sweden in 1942 but was rescued by a devoted fan. The AKC recognized the breed in 2005.

Swedish Vallhund Size:

Small to medium; 12 to 16 inches, 25 to 35 pounds.

Swedish Vallhund Color:

Gray through red and combinations of these colors in various shades.

Swedish Vallhund Temperament:

Alert, fearless, intelligent. Responsive, devoted, and affectionate; loves attention and craves leadership. Can be overprotective if not trained and socialized; may bark a lot.

Swedish Vallhund Energy level:


Swedish Vallhund Best Owner:

Active owner with yard or time for daily walks.

Swedish Vallhund Needs:

Daily exercise, early socialization and training, regular brushing.

Swedish Vallhund Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.