Height: 31 - 33 cm (12 - 13 inches) Weight: 9 - 14 kg (18 - 31 lb) Life Span: 14 years
Temperament: Friendly & eager
Country of Origin: Sweden
AKC Group: Not registered
Other Names: Vallhund, Swedish Cattle
Temperament: The Swedish Vallhund is intelligent, alert, outgoing and energetic. Swedish Vallhunds make good family pets with their friendly and loyal nature. They are quick to learn, but can be independent and need firm handling. They make good watchdogs and tend to be vocal and bark easily at small distractions. Swedish Vallhunds get along well with children and are wary of strangers. The male dogs can be aggressive towards other male dogs.
Swedish Vallhunds need occasional grooming to remove the loose hairs and keep the coat and skin looking healthy.
Swedish Vallhunds need a moderate amount of exercise and are happy with regular walks on the leash and opportunities to run and play off the leash. These dogs are natural herders and are ideal for a country of farm lifestyle.
It is presumed that their is common ancestry between the Swedish Vallhund and the Welsh Corgi, the Dachshund and maybe some form of Spitz. These small dogs were used to herd flocks of sheep and cattle, with their technique of nipping at their heels. This breed became extinct everywhere in the world except for Scandinavia, however in the mid 20th century, a group of enthusiastic breeders managed to revive this little breed.
General Appearance: Powerful, short-legged and sturdy. Color: Different shades of brown, yellow and grey mixed with darker hairs in designated areas. Up to one third of the body may be white. Coat: The outer coat is close, harsh and of medium length. The under coat is soft, thick and woolly. Tail: Customarily docked. Ears: Erect, pointed and of medium size. Body: The body is one third longer than the height with a long, deep chest. The shoulders are well-laid back and the back is level. The forelegs when viewed from the front, bend slightly inwards.
Swedish Vallhunds are able to physically live outdoors in a kennel in all weather climates, however they are better suited being close to their family and living within the family home, with access to a backyard.