Swedish Vallhund

Herding Group

Two Swedish Vallhunds in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 11.5-13 in, Males 12.5-14 in

Weight

20-35 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Swedish Vallhund originated sometime between the 8th and 9th centuries. Their origin story is debated by historians, with some believing that the Vikings bred Scandinavian spitz dogs with Welsh Corgis, and others believing that the Swedish Vallhund predates the Welsh Corgis. Regardless, it is known that they served as valued herding, hunting, guarding, and watchdogs in Western Sweden for centuries. The Swedish Vallhund is the national dog breed of Sweden.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Swedish Vallhunds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Intelligent, versatile, and easy to train

Tend to be sensitive and don't respond well to harsh training or scolding

Can be nuisance barkers if bored or lonely

Playful, happy, curious, and love to make games for themselves

Strong herding instinct- might nip at ankles or try to move people around