Brave, Loyal, Enduring
Due to its high degree of activity and intelligence, the breed, which we often also call Swedish Vallhund or incorrectly also Visigoth Spitz, demands a lot from its owner. The dog, which looks like a Welsh Corgi at first glance, rewards you with its loyalty and loving nature.FCI Group: Spitz – Primitive type dogs
- Size: Small
- Weight: 9-14kg
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Coat type: short hair
- Colours: grey-brown, grey-yellow, reddish brown
Among the otherwise long-legged Nordic dogs, the Swedish Vallhund has noticeably short legs. Overall, it is also longer than it is tall and, depending on the type, has either a tail that is up to 25 cm long with bushy hair or a naturally short tail. His coat is dense and close-lying with a soft undercoat. His coloring is striking in two respects: his head in shades of gray and brown is reminiscent of that of a wolf. In addition, its fur on the back, neck and sides is darker than on the stomach and the rest of the body.
Its very mobile ears are medium-sized and pointed.
The Swedish Vallhund has not lost its protective instinct. He’s a real workhorse and will rarely just lie around. Originally a herding dog, he will always pay close attention to his surroundings. He wants to be occupied and only allows himself a break after sufficient exercise or mental challenge.
Even with intensive training, the Swedish Vallhund will remain a noisy animal. He just loves to bark. He gets along well with children, but they should be a bit bigger and not pressurize him, otherwise he can also tend to pinch.
Like most other breeds, the Swedish Vallhund is fairly easy to care for when it comes to feeding. A high-quality dog food, whether wet or dry, ensures a healthy, long dog life. The feed should be without added sugar and have a high meat content. In between, it is best to use dental care snacks and chews. This keeps the active animal busy and prevents tartar.
Due to its dense fur with an equally dense undercoat, this breed needs to be brushed regularly. Especially on hot summer days, you should make sure that the Swedish Vallhund has access to cooler, shady places and of course always provide enough water.
Claws, ears and teeth should also be checked from time to time. And let’s not forget the eyes: the Swedish Vallhund is prone to eye disease. From the age of 10, the so-called progressive retinal atrophy can occur.
It can lead to night blindness and affects about one in three dogs. Otherwise it is very robust and hardly susceptible to genetic diseases.
The striking resemblance to the Welsh Corgi Cardigan suggests that one breed evolved from the other. It is unclear whether the Swedish Vallhund was originally brought to England from Sweden or from England to Sweden. A parallel development in both countries without an exchange is also conceivable. In any case, his name reflects his origins, Västergötland, a province in south-west Sweden.
Originally bred for driving cattle and chasing rats, the Swedish Vallhund was only rediscovered in the last century and recognized as a separate breed.
The very active breed should be equipped with a quality harness and leash. A large, fenced-in meadow where the dog can really let off steam would be ideal. A visit to puppy courses at a dog school is also recommended when he is a puppy in order to socialize him well. While the Swedish Vallhund generally gets along well with other dogs, they tend to be a little rough. The best way to deal with this is with early training.
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