Non-sporting Breeds

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund
Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 13-13 in (33-35cm) Bitch: 12-13 in (31 -33cm)
Weight: 25-35 lb (11.5-16kg)
Coat: Medium length, harsh, and close, with a soft, woolly undercoat
Color: Steel gray, grayish brown, grayish yellow, reddish yellow, or reddish brown; darker guard hairs on back, neck, and sides of body; lighter shade of same color desirable on muzzle, throat, chest, belly, buttocks, feet, and hocks; white markings acceptable in place of lighter shades but never in excess of one-third of coat

The Swedish Vallhund is known in its native land as Vastgotaspets, which means "spitz of the West Goths." It closely resembles the Welsh Corgis, although the Vallhund is somewhat higher in the leg and shorter in the back. Undoubtedly there is a connection between the breeds, but whether Corgis taken by the Vikings to Sweden developed into the Vallhund or Swedish dogs brought to Britain developed into Corgis is not known. Like the Corgi, the Vallhund is a splendid cattle dog. The Swedish Vallhund is a friendly, loyal, affectionate little dog, described in its standard as active and eager to please. It makes a good family pet and needs plenty of exercise.
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