Also known as the “Viking Dog” the Swedish Vallhund originated from Sweden. The name is taken from the Swedish word “vallhund” referring to a herding or pasturing dog. It is believed that the breed is related to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. It weighs between 25 to 35 pounds and has a height of 12 to 16 inches. It has very short legs that keep it low to the ground. The head is long with a muzzle that looks square when viewed from the profile. Its nose and lips are black, the eyes are oval and medium sized and dark in colour. It has a long and muscular neck, mobile ears that are firm from the base to the tip and a tail that is either long, stub or bobbed. It has a tight, medium length outer coat made of harsh hairs with a softer and dense undercoat and slightly longer hairs on the neck, chest, and the back of the hind legs. It can also have a well-defined mask with lighter coloured hair around the eyes and muzzle. Colours range from gray, red-yellow, red-brown and gray-brown.
The Swedish Vallhund is a good watch dog, cattle driver and a ratter. With its responsive and even temperament it makes for a good human companion as well. They are extremely active and intelligent and they crave attention. They are devoted little dogs but tend to be overprotective of their owner and the family. Proper training and socialization will prevent or minimize tendency to herd people by nipping at their heels or barking unnecessarily. They are a fairly healthy breed that can live for about 12 to 14 years.