Swedish Vallhund History
The Swedish Vallhund is an ancient dog, first developed as an all purpose farm dog and cattle herder and ratter. It is believed to have been brought to Sweden with the Vikings and may be related to English Corgis. It was close to extinction until the mid-twentieth century when fanciers, Count Björn von Rosen and Mr. Karl-Gustaf Zettersten, revitalized the breed. The Vallhund is commonly used a herder of both cattle and sheep in modern day. The AKC officially recognized the Swedish Vallhund as a breed in 2007.
Swedish Vallhund Temperament
Vallhunds are an alert, bold and energetic dog.They are very intelligent, trainable, and eager to please their human masters, but some are hard headed and take a little more time to train. Since are herding dogs, they may display this behavior by trying to "round up" other animals and small children by nipping and chasing. Since they also use their voices to herd sheep and cattle, some are noisy barkers. Vallhunds are generally a sociable dog that gets along with all household pets and other dogs. They need a moderate amount of exercise and a good daily walk will suffice. Vallhunds can be quite territorial and therefore, make excellent watchdogs and most are polite with strangers.
Swedish Vallhund Appearance
Vallhunds are a long, low, well built medium sized dog. They usually weigh between 25 to 35 pounds and stand 12 to 14 inches at the withers. They have a wolf-like face and a tail that is either cropped or left natural, depending on the preference of the breeder. They have a dense double coat that comes in various shades of red and grey.
Swedish Vallhund Grooming
Vallhunds are a fairly easy dog to keep and a twice weekly brushing will keep them neat and clean. They are considered a heavily shedding dog that isn't a good choice for individuals that suffer from dog allergies.
Swedish Vallhund Life Expectancy and Health Problems
This breed is relatively healthy and has few health concerns. Some diseases that affect this breed are Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation (slipped knee caps), Cleft Palate and eye problems. The average lifespan of this breed is 12 to 14 years.
Swedish Vallhund Pros and Cons
This simplified list may help you decide if a Swedish Vallhund might be a good fit for your lifestyle.
Do You Want
- an active medium sized dog?
- a good watchdog?
- a dog that gets along with everyone and everything?
Do You NOT Want
a dog that barks a lot?
a dog that may display it's herding abilities by trying to "herd" small kids and animals?
a dog that sheds a lot?
a dog that can be very territorial?
a dog that will be hard to find and expensive to purchase?
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