Swedish Vallhund - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Swedish Vallhund

General Information - Swedish Vallhund



12-14 years




Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:

Area of Origin:

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
Vasgotaspets, Vallhund, Swedish Cattle Dog

Original Function:


The Swedish Vallhund, also known as Västgötaspets or the Swedish Shepherd/Cattle Dog, dates back to the 500's in Sweden, yet was only recognised by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1948. There are two camps of thought about its origin: one being that it developed naturally over the centuries in Sweden as a herding dog, the other being that it is descended from the Welsh Corgis; yet there are those who contend that the Corgi descended from the Vallhund. In the 1940's, it nearly became extinct, but was restored due to a dedicated breeder. They are still used as herding dogs today, and are tireless in their work.


The Swedish Vallhund is a responsive and even-tempered companion. It is intelligent and affectionate. He loves attention and can be casually grayish and show-offish. Owners are never disappointed in his multi-faceted ability or his spontaneous sense of humour. They are usually good with considerate children. They will try to guard your home even if they are too small for the situation. Wary of strangers, it should be properly socialised and trained when it is still young to avoid over-protective behavior as an adult. They sometimes try to herd people by nipping at their heels, although they can be trained not to do this. The Swedish Vallhund tends to bark a lot and makes a good alarm dog. Males can be aggressive with other males. This breed makes a great companion and can be used for herding and ratting.


The Swedish Vallhund loves to herd. It can do fine without herding, however, as long as it gets a moderate walk on leash or a good play and training session off leash. It is physically able to live outdoors in temperate climates, but it is mentally far better suited to share its family’s home and have access to a yard. Coat care consists only of brushing once a week to remove dead hairs.

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