Swedish Vallhund

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Swedish Vallhund overview

Originated in Sweden as a cattle drover, ratter and guarding dog. Is thought to share common ancestry with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and has a similar temperament and look.

Short-legged, energetic and tough, it makes a very good multipurpose farm dog. Mostly good with other dogs, but not children; make good watch dogs. Suitable for the urban environment and colder climates but does require a lot of exercise. 

Swedish Vallhund foreign names

Zweedse Vallhund (Dutch), Spitz des Visigoths (French), Schwedischer Schäferspitz / Westgotenspitz (German), Perro de los Visigodos (Spanish), Västgötaspets (Sweden)



Breed Group

Pastoral Group

Biological data

Male: 11.4-15.9 kg.
Female: 11.4-15.9 kg.
Male: 33-35 cm (w).
Female: 31-33 cm (w).
Colours, markings and patterns
Steel gray, grayish/brown, grayish/yellow, reddish/yellow, reddish/brown with darker guard hairs on back, neck, and sides of body; lighter hair same shade of color as mentioned above is desirable on muzzle, throat, chest, belly, buttocks, feet and hocks.
Instead of these lighter shades, white markings are acceptable but never in excess of one third of total colour.

Swedish Vallhund links we are happy to endorse

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Swedish Vallhund – Breed standard

The below links are external

Swedish Vallhund references and further reading

Swedish Vallhund Club of Australia

Swedish Vallhund Club of Canada

Perros de Mexico

Specialklubben för Västgötaspets

Schweizerischer Västgötaspets Klub


Swedish Vallhund Club of America

Swedish Vallhund Society
A Study of the Swedish Vallhund

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