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Description of Swedish Vallhund

The Breed History

It is believed that the Swedish Vallhund goes back more than 1000 years to the days of the Vikings. During the eighth or ninth century, historians state, either the Swedish Vallhund was brought to Wales or the Corgi was taken to Sweden, hence the similarities between the two breeds. By 1942, the breed was almost extinct, and a breeding program was started. In 1948, the Swedish Kennel Club recognized the breed. In 1974, the first Swedish Vallhund came to England, and the Swedish Vallhund Society received approval from the UK Kennel Club in 1980. The first litter was born in the US in 1986. The breed received AKC recognition in 2007.

Breeding for Function

The Swedish Vallhund is a small, powerful, fearless, sturdily built Spitz herding dog. Swedish Vallhunds are bred to work on farms and ranches as a cattle/sheep herder. Their herding style is low to the ground and they herd by rounding up and nipping at the hocks.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 11.5 - 12.5" (29-32 cm), male 12.5 - 13.5" (32-34.5 cm)

Weight: 25-35 lbs. (11.5-16 kg).

Coat: Medium length hair, harsh; topcoat close and tight. Undercoat is soft and dense. Hair is short on the head and the foreparts of the legs and slightly longer on the neck, chest and back parts of the hind legs. A sable pattern is seen in colors of grey through red. Dark muzzle/mask. White is permitted as a narrow blaze, neck spot, slight necklace, and white markings on the legs, and chest. White can not be in excess of one third of the dog's total color.

Longevity: 12-14 years.

Points of Conformation: The relationship of height to length of body should be 2:3. Viewed from above, the head forms an even wedge from skull to tip of the nose and is well filled-in under the eyes. The eyes are medium size, oval in shape and dark brown with black eye rims. Prick ears. Viewed from the side, the muzzle should look rather square, slightly shorter than the skull. Scissors bite. Tails may be long, stub, or bob. Dewclaws may be removed. The gait is sound with strong reach and drive.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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