Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Svensk Vallhund; Vallhund; Swedish Cattle Dog; Swedish Shepherd; Västgötaspets
An ancient Swedish spitz known for at least a thousand years, the Swedish Vallhund was originally developed to herd cattle, catch vermin, guard, and serve as a general-purpose farm dog. Although honored as Sweden's national herding breed, the so-called "the little cattle dog of the Vikings" was almost extinct by 1942. Fortunately, it is now on the road to recovery and is still working in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.
This intelligent and versatile dog responds well to challenges and meaningful tasks. Like other herding dogs, they may try to nudge their family members together in one place. This is not a breed that's happy being left alone with nothing to do.
Appearance / health:
Quite similar in appearance to the other spitz breeds, the Vallhund has a fox-like expression owing to their long muzzle and stiff, prick ears. It has characteristically small, yet powerful legs. Their small constitution hides great courage and muscular strength. It has a fox-like bushy tail that smartly stands over the back or is naturally bob-tailed. The coat is quite hard and medium in length with a soft undercoat. The neck, like the rest of the body, is long and muscular.
The Swedish Vallhund is an average to above-average shedder. Hair and fur may be found all over the house. The medium-length coat requires frequent brushing. Bathing is done on an occasional basis.
The Swedish Vallhunds are naturally active little dogs and need a minimum amount of exercise everyday. The best part is that this breed is very active indoors and does not necessarily need a yard. About an hour of rigorous activity is good to burn off the innate energy.
The Swedish Vallhund is a naturally healthy breed. Ear passages however may need to be regularly inspected and kept clean and hair-free.
Behavior / temperament:
Swedish Vallhunds are well known for their ability to separate fighting bulls by nipping at their ankles. These mild-tempered, versatile, and thinking dogs also excel at search and rescue work. The Vallhund is an all-purpose farm dog, good at guarding, droving, and vermin control.
For the wonders it can do, Vallhunds do not seem intended to be only household pets. Since genetically they are wired to chase, nip, poke, herd, bark, they need to have ways to channelize this behavior. Their versatility and thinking intelligence makes many kinds of training good for them. Tracking, search and rescue, obedience, agility, fly-ball, ground hunting, lure coursing and herding are some of the activities that Vallhunds enjoy and excel in. In some countries they are enlisted to help in search and rescue work too. They also make excellent show dogs.
The one thing that has to guarded against when it comes to Swedish Vallhunds is boredom. When bored, they may resort to annoying and destructive behavior like excessive barking and chewing.
The breed tends to bark a lot and is often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. They may have to be trained to not bark so often.
training, perfect companion, Great Pet, sweet little soul, excellent alert dog
allergies, ear problems
double coat, stout little frame, powerhouse Suki
The viking dog!
Sunshine came to us as a rescue dog. We were surprised when she turned out to be a purebred Swedish Vallhund!
She is very intelligent and gets bored easily. Lots of running outside is a quick fix. Inside, she thinks she is a tiny lap dog and wants to be near me at all times.
The one downside to an otherwise perfect companion is how much she sheds. Her double coat produces epic amounts of hair that turns into tumbleweed. I call them baby Sun shines...
I love this dog and will be getting more Vallhunds in the future..
From cneme71 Mar 4 2014 10:33AM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 1477 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
From Luca Trainer 1751 days ago
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