Swedish Vallhund

The Swedish Vallhund is a strong, vigorous and playful little dog that is bred to hard cattle and has a tendency to nip at heels when excited.

These small dogs need an active and playful owner that will keep them occupied to use up their abundance of energy through games and training.

Swedish Vallhund Facts

Swedish Vallhund

Exercise Requirements:      5 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       1 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         2 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 31-35 cm (12-14 in)

Weight: 11.5-16 kg (25-35 lb)

Coat: Medium length with a harsh topcoat and abundant, soft woolly undercoat

Colour: Steel grey, greyish-brown, greyish-yellow, reddish-yellow, reddish-brown

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Special Characteristics

This is a playful and very energetic little dog that would also be described as being watchful, alert, friendly, eager to please and courageous.

Exercise Requirements

This breed needs its abundant energy channelled, they are classed as having high exercise requirements. This dog will need two really good walks each day to stay happy and content.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are independent and affectionate towards their owners.

Children: Usually good but may nip at heels during play.

Other Pets: Can be problematic.

Strangers: Good if well socialised from an early age.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Can be problematic around unknown dogs, plenty of socialising is in order with this breed.

What to Watch Out For

This dog is highly likely to nip at heels in play or to see off strangers and could well be problematic around other pets including cats and even other breeds of dog.

Health Risks

There are a few health risks to take note of with this breed of dog including some eye conditions as well as progressive retinal atrophy.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the Swedish Vallhund should be experienced with dogs and be an active person that has plenty of time to spare for keeping the dog busy through play, training and lots of exercise.

More Photos

Swedish Vallhund with a steel-grey and greyish-yellow fur coat Swedish Vallhund with steel-grey and white fur coat

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