The Long and Short of It: The Swedish Vallhund
The Swedish Vallhund is a unique-looking breed from, you guessed it, Sweden. Among 12 breeds of dog native to Sweden, these plucky little dogs have a distinctive look. Their appearance is like a Norwegian Elkhound was given a dog’s little, short legs. They are similar in looks to a Corgi but without as much of the teddy bear cuteness.
Vallhunds may date back to the 8th or 9th century and were prized as watchdogs, known for their guarding and herding abilities. According to the American Kennel Club the breed may have resulted in Scandinavian spitz dogs visiting with Viking raids to the land of Welsh Corgis or the Welsh Corgis visiting Sweden. The influence is easy to see in their breed standard. They were recognized by the AKC in 2007.
Swedish Vallhunds have thick, double coats that can be a range of gray or red with white. Interestingly, their tails can vary from a stub to a long spitz-like swish even within the same litter. They are long and low to the ground having the short, little legs of the Corgi, but not quite as stocky. Their height-to-length ratio is 2:3. Maximum height for a male is 13.75”. Weight range is 20 to 30 pounds, They won’t be winning any heavyweight bouts. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
These little guys are intelligent, social herders with limitless energy. They are loving, sweet. calm, and delight in sharing your life. While not aggressive, they will stand their ground to see what’s going on. They have a high trainability level and need for mental stimulation. As far as exercise needs some have more energy than others. One decent walk daily with a game of fetch is likely adequate for them.
For anyone interested in obtaining a Swedish Vallhund, pet-quality dogs from a breeder range from $500 to $1,500.
These little Viking dogs, the Swedish Vallhunds are an interesting breed with lots of possibilities.