The Swedish Vallhund is a small but sturdy dog that is set low to the ground. It has a rather long head and the muzzle that emanates from the head is square in shape from the side. The nose and the lips are always black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The oval shaped medium sized eyes are always dark in color. The eras of the dog are always mobile and are firm from the skull area where they come up to their tip.
In most cases, the tail will be seen as a bob or a stud. In some instances, the tail may be docked. It is however important to note that docking of the tail is not legal in most parts of Europe as legislation has been passed against the practice. Dewclaws are removed when the dog is a few days old. Though the dog has short legs, they are very powerful and the dog can run very fast.
The dog has a double coat. The outer coat is harsh and tight while the inner coat is dense and soft and lies close to the body. Common coat colors include grey, red, brown, yellow and white combination. Common height range us 12 – 16 inches and the weight range stands in at 25 – 25 pounds.
The Swedish Vallhund is a dog that is both intelligent and affectionate. It loves the owner dearly and loves to be by their side, This is a dog that would do well as a family dog as the dog loves to be close to people and form bonds. This dog will bring out smiles every day from its amusing personality in that it loves to be amused on a daily basis. It is always advisable that you ought to be the pack leader of the dog to prevent beghaviopuiur problems. Training is made easy by the natural intelligence the dog has and as such, it is quite easy to have the dog follow through obedience classes.
As the dog has in its genetics to travel, a 30 minute walk every day satisfies this need. Failure of exercising the dog causes a lot of behavior problems. Ensuring that the Vallhund socializes from a very early age ensures that there is a lot of value for both the owner and the dog in that the dog learns to form bonds with other animals and humans and does not tend to shy away from people.
The Swedish vallhund is a generally healthy dog and does not have health problems that affect it as a breed.
Due to the health of the dog, it tends to have very low mortality rate across the board. Average life expectancy is about 12-14 years.
In as much as the Swedish Vallhund has a double coat, it is quite easy to clean as the dog has a medium sized outer coat. Combing with a firm bristle brush is recommended, Bathing should only be done when necessary.
The Swedish Vallhund is closely related to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This dog came to Wales at around the 7th Century and was used for herding. It was recognized by the AKC in 2007.