Swedish Vallhund

Other names : Wisigoths Spitz, Västgötaspets, Swedish Cow Dog, Wolf Corgi

Photo: adult dog of Swedish Vallhund breed
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Life expectancy

The Swedish Vallhund has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 11 and 13 in
Male Between 12 and 14 in

Adult weight

Female Between 20 and 31 lb
Male Between 20 and 31 lb
Coat colour
Brown Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Swedish Vallhund costs between £400 and £1000

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More details about the Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund: Origins and history

The Swedish Vallhund used to be known as the ‘Viking Dog’ because, according to Swedish records, it was brought to Sweden over a thousand years ago by (you guessed it!) Vikings. Many also believe the Vikings travelled to Wales with this breed, which then contributed to the evolution of the much-loved Corgi, hence the similarity. The breed was generally used to work on farms for herding, ratting and guarding, but slowly gained popularity as a companion dog.

FCI classification of the Swedish Vallhund

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 3 : Nordic Watchdogs and Herders

Training a Swedish Vallhund

This is a smart dog who understands quickly what is asked of it, but as always it is important to establish yourself as a leader from the get-go. Start training the Vallhund while it’s still young, using plenty of positive reinforcement.

Swedish Vallhund: Purchase price

This breed is fairly hard to come by in the UK. If you come across a litter, you’re likely to be looking at a cost of between £400 for a Non KC Registered dog, and £1,000 or more for a KC Registered pup. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £50 to £80 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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