Swedish Vallhund

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16 Kg


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Swedish Vallhund Overview

This dog breed is rather robust and well-built. They're medium sized with strong muscular thighs. The Swedish Vallhund has smaller ears than most dog breeds and a wedge-shaped head.

They’re very active by nature and always willing to play with their loved ones. This dog breed spends a lot of their time on the alert. They love to look after their companion or family and will work hard to show their dedication.

The Swedish Vallhund has a placid temperament and is usually ok around children. Training should start at an early age so they quickly learn their boundaries and who is the boss.

The typical colourings of this dog breed vary between grey, greyish yellow, greyish brown and reddish brown. They have lighter hair on their muzzle, chest and throat. Their coat is typically short and requires weekly brushing to keep it in good condition.

Typical height and weight of a female Swedish Vallhund is 30-32cm in height and 9-14kg in weight. The male usually stands at 32-34 cm and weighs 9-14kg.

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Swedish Vallhund Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Swedish Vallhund name means "Shepherd" dog or "Herding" dog as is said to have descended from the Vikings but this is still up for debate. They were, however, used as frame dogs in Sweden many years ago and were used to herd livestock and cattle.

Swedish Vallhund Temperament

This dog breed is confident, curious with a lively streak. They're very loyal to their families, making them a great addition to a family with children. The Vallhund is calm and adaptable to most situations. As they have lots of' fo energy, they do require plenty of exercises to stay healthy and happy. 

Swedish Vallhund Training

The Vallhund is easy to train as they're very intelligent and eager to learn. Continuous training is important as they can pick up bad behaviours just as quickly as learning good behaviours. Obedience and agility training is suited for this dog breed to help keep them healthy and mentally stimulated. 


The Vallhund has a double coat and medium length hair. Their undercoat is soft and dense and requires moderate grooming. Brushing your Vallhund every other day will help maintain heir coat and prevent tangles and their fur from becoming matted.

The Vallhund requires regular check-ups at the vets and cleaning of their teeth daily and ears weekly. 


The Swedish Vallhund is generally a healthy dog breed but like many other dog breeds, they are predisposed to certain health conditions such as eye disease and hip dysplasia. Responsible breeding can help rule out these conditions and if you're concerned you can check with the breeder on genetic testing. 

Swedish Vallhund Exercise Needs

The Vallhund is an adaptable dog breed and therefore is suited to most households. They do require daily exercise which should be twice daily and for 30 minutes per walk. This dog breed also likes to spend time in the garden playing with their loved ones.

Children and other pets

The Vallhund is great with other pets and children as long as they socialised correctly and from a young age. Supervision is important when any dog breeds play with a small child.