Thinking about purchasing an Swedish Vallhund? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Swedish Vallhund breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Swedish Vallhund owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Swedish Vallhund and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Swedish Vallhund Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Swedish Vallhund and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Swedish Vallhund Profile
In its native Sweden, these dogs are called Vasgotaspets, which means "Spitz of the West Goths." Such a powerful name is given to this little dog of great heart. The Swedish Vallhund is not only very friendly but also very eager to please. Loyal and affectionate, these Swedish Cattledogs need plenty of exercise to keep in shape to do as their master asks. They are eager, alert, bold and curious. Energetic, this breed is ideal for children who like to play. The Swedish Vallhund is an intelligent breed and they get along well with other pets and other people. All of this exciting package is wrapped up in a small sized, sturdy spitz type body. They are a rectangular shape, and may be related to the Corgi with their short, long stature and naturally long, bob, or docked tail. The ears are pricked and the coat is double with a thicker undercoat and grey to red coarse outer coat. Swedish Vallhunds have a foxy look to them, with the impression of pride in their expression. For the owner needing a small yet strong, well balanced dog, the Swedish Vallhund is top notch.
Other Names: Vasgotaspets, Swedish Cattledog, Viking Dog, Spitz of the West Goths
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 12 - 16
from grey to red, this breed has a variety of colors. They can be shaded grey
which is preferred, red, brindle, blue-grey, and have white markings.
The white markings should be less than 40% of the color of the body.
Vallhunds are alert, bold and curious little dogs. They are energetic and fun.
Being a hard worker, the Swedish Vallhund is highly intelligent and can be trained
easily. They are eager to please and friendly with almost everyone they meet.
They get along with children and other pets quite well. The Swedish Vallhund
is a talented detector of moods. They are sensitive to their owner's mood, and
if they get a particular reaction out of people such as laughing or clapping
for some action they performed, they will do it again and again. They have their
own sense of humor, is spirited and joyous.
Watch-dog: High. The Swedish
Vallhund is a very alert breed.
Care and Exercise: Easy
to care for, the Swedish Vallhund does not require a lot of maintenance. The
coat only requires brushing once a week with a firm bristle brush to remove
the dead hairs, as they do shed. They should be bathed as necessary. The most
care for this breed would be for exercise, as they need plenty of it to keep
fit. They should receive plenty of mental and physical exercise each day, exercising
their mind to keep them from boredom.
Swedish Vallhund Health Issues: Cleft palate, cryptochidism, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas and retinal dysplasia.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Accepted by the AKC:
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