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Swedish Vallhund

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Swedish Vallhund

The Swedish Vallhund has a fox-like expression. The muzzle is long and parallel to the top of the skull. There should be lighter hair around the muzzle, eyes and throat. The harsh coat is medium in length with a soft undercoat. Coat colors include gray, reddish-yellow, grayish brown and reddish-brown. The short legs are powerful with oval feet. The topline is level and the ears are stiff and pricked. The tail is naturally bobtailed, but some owners have opted to leave the tail naturally long and curling over the back.

Temperament The Swedish Vallhund is an intelligent, affectionate and even-tempered pet. This breed loves attention and can be a showoff. Once they realize that a particular stunt brings laughter or applause, he will repeat it over and over again. They are extremely active, devoted dogs that are sensitive to their owner's mood. They get along well with children. Their small size makes them poor watchdogs, but they will try to protect the family anyway. They tend to bark a lot, making them good alarm dogs. The male in this breed can be aggressive. They make excellent show and obedience dogs.
Height, Weight Height: 12-16" ; Weight: 25-35 lbs.
Health Problems This breed has no specific health problems.
Living Conditions Vallhunds can live okay in an apartment if they are given sufficient exercise. They are active indoors and will do fine without a yard.
Exercise Though this breed does not need or want miles of running exercise, they must have regular opportunities to vent their energy and to use their busy minds. They need moderate exercise to maintain their muscle tone.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom. Brush or comb the hard and tight coat. Bathe only when necessary. They are average shedders.
Origin An old, indigenous breed from the Vastergotland plains of Sweden, known for its cattle herds, the Vallhund's similarity to the Welsh Corgis ? especially the Pembroke ? is intriguing. Pembrokeshire is accessible to the coast, and Viking raiders struck along the Irish and Welsh coast. Whether the Vikings introduced the short-legged dog to the Welsh or seized the hard-working little dog as part of their spoils is speculated, but uncertain, and tends to be colored by whether it is a Vallhund or Corgi owner telling the story. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Herding Dog