Who Let the Dogs Out: 4 Facts About the Swedish Vallhund

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Who Let the Dogs Out: 4 Facts About the Swedish Vallhund

We’ve shared a roundup of Swedish dog breeds,  but today, we are digging a little deeper into one breed in particular: the Swedish Vallhund (Västgötaspets). Aside from being incredibly adorable and oh, so pettable, here are four things you may not know about these spunky Swedish pups.

Not a dog for the lazy

Vallhunds are smart, high-energy dogs that love to play. If you are in search of a sleepy lap dog, keep looking. Vallhunds, known as farm dogs for herding, do well with active owners, access to training and lots of exercise.

Looks like a corgi, walks like a corgi… not a corgi

Vallhunds closely resemble Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis but don’t appear to be related. It’s estimated that the breed dates more than 1,000 years, and according to the American Kennel Club, historians believe the similarities to Corgi could stem from the Vallhund being brought from Sweden to Wales or the Corgi was brought to Sweden.

Swedish Vallhund
Photo: Clare W

Short legs, big heart, can’t lose

These 11.5-13.5-inch cuties have short legs, but don’t judge a book by its cover! They are surprisingly nimble and quick.

They come with their own club

Established in 1987, the Swedish Vallhund Club of America is the original national breed club representing the Swedish Vallhund in the United States aimed at preserving and promoting the breed.

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