Swedish Vallhund Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Swedish Vallhund so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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OriginSweden flagSweden
Other Names
What other names does the Swedish Vallhund have?
Västgötaspets
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Swedish Vallhund Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Swedish Vallhund puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Swedish Vallhund in the United States? How much money is a Swedish Vallhund?

Where to buy a Swedish Vallhund with a good pedigree?

$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the Swedish Vallhund, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Swedish Vallhund for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Swedish Vallhund gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Swedish Vallhund? How many Swedish Vallhund are there in the world?
Frequent: The Swedish Vallhund is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Swedish Vallhund Size

Size
Is a Swedish Vallhund small, medium or large dog?

How big do Swedish Vallhund get?

What is the average size of a Swedish Vallhund?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Swedish Vallhund weigh? How much should a Swedish Vallhund weight? What is the normal weight of a Swedish Vallhund? How much does a full-grown Swedish Vallhund weight?
25-35 pounds (11-15 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Swedish Vallhund?
30 pounds (13 kg)
Height
How tall is the Swedish Vallhund? Swedish Vallhund height:
12-16 inches (30-40 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Swedish Vallhund?
14 inches (35 cm)

Swedish Vallhund Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Swedish Vallhund have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Thick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Swedish Vallhund's coat?
GrayWhiteRedBlue Black
Grooming
How to groom the Swedish Vallhund and how often? How often should I take my Swedish Vallhund to the groomer?
Average: The Swedish Vallhund requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Swedish Vallhund, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Swedish Vallhund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Västgötaspets? Do Swedish Vallhund dogs shed a lot?
Swedish Vallhunds are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Swedish Vallhund need a bath? How often should you give a Swedish Vallhund a bath? Can I bathe my Swedish Vallhund every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Swedish Vallhund Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Swedish Vallhund have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertFearlessWatchfulEnergeticFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Swedish Vallhund? Is the Swedish Vallhund breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Swedish Vallhund obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Swedish Vallhund ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Swedish Vallhund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Swedish Vallhund?
Swedish Vallhunds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Swedish Vallhunds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Swedish Vallhund sensitivity:
Swedish Vallhunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Swedish Vallhund a good family dog?
High: Swedish Vallhunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Västgötaspets need? Swedish Vallhund social needs:
Swedish Vallhunds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Swedish Vallhund dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Västgötaspets bark?
Average to High: The Swedish Vallhund is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Swedish Vallhund good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Swedish Vallhunds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Swedish Vallhunds will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Swedish Vallhund dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Swedish Vallhunds are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Swedish Vallhund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Västgötaspets? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Swedish Vallhund? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Swedish Vallhund has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Swedish Vallhund has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Swedish Vallhund? How much bite force does a Swedish Vallhund have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Swedish Vallhund bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Swedish Vallhund, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Swedish Vallhund do?
Swedish Vallhunds have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Swedish Vallhunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Swedish Vallhund to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Swedish Vallhund roam?
Swedish Vallhunds have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Swedish Vallhund have high prey drive?
Swedish Vallhunds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Swedish Vallhunds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Swedish Vallhund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Swedish Vallhund in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Swedish Vallhund indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Swedish Vallhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Swedish Vallhund be left alone? How long can you leave a Swedish Vallhund alone?
Swedish Vallhunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Swedish Vallhund Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Swedish Vallhund temperament with other people:
Swedish Vallhunds are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Swedish Vallhund dogs get along with other pets? Are Swedish Vallhund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Swedish Vallhunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Swedish Vallhund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Swedish Vallhund temperament with children:
Swedish Vallhunds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Swedish Vallhund dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Swedish Vallhund breed live with a cat?
Swedish Vallhunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Swedish Vallhund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Swedish Vallhund dogs get along with other dogs?
Swedish Vallhunds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Swedish Vallhund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Swedish Vallhund breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Swedish Vallhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Swedish Vallhunds good office dogs? Do Swedish Vallhunds make good office friendly dogs? Can Swedish Vallhunds be office dogs?
Yes
Swedish Vallhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Swedish Vallhund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Västgötaspets temperament with senior people? Are Swedish Vallhund dogs good for elderly owners?
Swedish Vallhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Swedish Vallhund Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Swedish Vallhund dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Swedish Vallhunds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Swedish Vallhund breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Swedish Vallhund breed? Most common health risks of Swedish Vallhund:
Heart ProblemsHip DysplasiaPatellar LuxationRetinal DysplasiaSkin AllergiesSpina Befida
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Swedish Vallhund breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Swedish Vallhund see the vet?
Frequent
The Swedish Vallhund should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Swedish Vallhund dogs live? How old can a Swedish Vallhund be? What is the age limit of the Swedish Vallhund? How many years can the oldest Swedish Vallhund live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Swedish Vallhund?

How long is the lifespan of a Swedish Vallhund?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Swedish Vallhund: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Swedish Vallhund breed hypoallergenic?
No
Swedish Vallhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Swedish Vallhund have? What is the activity level of the Swedish Vallhund?
Swedish Vallhunds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Swedish Vallhund need? How much exercise do Swedish Vallhund dogs require per day?

Do Swedish Vallhund dogs need a lot of exercises?

Swedish Vallhunds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Swedish Vallhund breed need?
Swedish Vallhunds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Swedish Vallhund need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Swedish Vallhund breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Swedish Vallhund? How much food should I feed my Swedish Vallhund?
Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Swedish Vallhund risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Swedish Vallhund's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Swedish Vallhund's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Vallhund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Swedish Vallhund has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Swedish Vallhund drool?
The Swedish Vallhund is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Swedish Vallhund could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Swedish Vallhund.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Swedish Vallhund As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Swedish Vallhund be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Swedish Vallhund is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Swedish Vallhund be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Swedish Vallhund be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Swedish Vallhund is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Swedish Vallhund be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Swedish Vallhund is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Swedish Vallhund be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Swedish Vallhund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Swedish Vallhund be a boat dog?

Not really

Swedish Vallhund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Swedish Vallhund be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Swedish Vallhund is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Swedish Vallhund dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Swedish Vallhund Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Swedish Vallhund pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Swedish Vallhund breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Swedish Vallhund: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Swedish Vallhund have in a litter? How many puppies can the Swedish Vallhund breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Swedish Vallhund have? How many puppies can a Swedish Vallhund give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Swedish Vallhund Recognition

AKC Group
Is Swedish Vallhund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2007 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Swedish Vallhund recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Swedish Vallhund breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Kennel Club of Great BritainNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.

Swedish Vallhund Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Drooling Tendency: The Swedish Vallhund is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Swedish Vallhunds are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Swedish Vallhunds have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Swedish Vallhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Swedish Vallhunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Swedish Vallhunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Swedish Vallhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Swedish Vallhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Swedish Vallhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Swedish Vallhunds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Swedish Vallhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Swedish Vallhunds are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Swedish Vallhund's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Swedish Vallhunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Swedish Vallhund History

The Swedish Vallhund’s history goes back at least 1000 years, all the way back to the existence of Viking herds. At that point in time, the breed was most likely would have been called the Vikingarnas Hund, or the Viking Dog. Unfortunately, there are no remains or records that would justify the breed’s co-existence with Vikings, however, it is presumably true that they were farm dogs in Sweden. Between the 8th and the 11th centuries, Vikings from Scandinavia traveled, conquered, raided, and settled vast areas of Britain. This Viking influence left its traces and marks all over Britain, especially around the northern British Isles where Scandinavian place names can still be seen.

Another important reminder of the Viking’s existence and influence in Britain is the Swedish Vallhund. The breed is presumed to be a mix of the Scandinavian Spitz and the Welsh Corgi. The breed’s exact development process and DNA base are uncertain due to the lack of records and remains. The dogs were used back then to herd cattle and other livestock, as well as to perform other tasks for the farmers and landowners such as barking an alarm, guarding livestock, home, and the farm, moreover keeping the vermin down, controlling the rodent population. Their modern name, Swedish Vallhund basically describes what the dogs were used for; it translates into herding or shepherd dog. The Swedish Vallhund is not a typical shepherd dog regarding the dogs’ solid figure. Being smaller and low to the ground allowed the breed to nip at cattle’s heels and avoid getting kicked back by them.

The Swedish Vallhund was on the edge of extinction in 1942. Fortunately, two enthusiastic breeders named K. G. Zettersten and Bjorn von Rosen managed to save the breed with a well-planned and detailed breeding program. The breeders acquired three females named Topsy, Lessi, and Vivi, and one male named Mopsen and used these four dogs to revive, and thus save the breed in Sweden. Throughout the centuries the Swedish Vallhund had many names, including the Swedish Cattle Dog and the Vastgotaspets. In 1943, under the latter name, Vastgotaspets, the breed was first recognized by the Swedish Kennel Club.

The Swedish Vallhund got to the United States in the 1980s. The first litter in the United States was born in 1986 and was bred by Marilyn Thell of Jonricker Kennel. Later, in 1996 the United Kennel Club recognized the breed. In 2007, the AKC (American Kennel Club) also did register the Swedish Vallhund. Interestingly the breed has appeared on postage stamps all around the world including, Mali, Russia, Ukraine, Nicaragua, Tajikistan, and obviously in its homeland, Sweden.

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Swedish Vallhund Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Paddy

    Apr 20, 2020, 8:58:13 AM:

    I have one, he is the friendliest happy dog, very social and very smart compared to my friends dogs - border collie, Dalmatian, corgis,

  • Jellyfish

    Mar 30, 2020, 10:46:32 PM:

    I want one