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Swedish Vallhund


Illustration of Swedish Vallhund

The Swedish Vallhund bears a passing resemblance to the Welsh Corgi and breeders dispute the relationship, if any, between the breeds. Whilst some Corgi breeders claim that Viking raiders took some of their Welsh heelers back to Scandinavia, devotees of the Vallhund claim the reverse: Vikings took dogs of Vallhund type with them on their raids and some of these dogs were left behind and played a part in the origins of the Corgi.

What is not debated is the fact that the breed was almost extinct by the 1930s but was rescued by the Swedish Count Bjorn von Rosen. Travelling around the district of Vastergotland, and especially near the town of Vara, he recognised a population of dogs of very similar appearance, used primarily for herding cattle. With his colleague Karl Gustaf Zettersten, he established a breeding programme to retain both the type and the herding instinct. The Count is credited for the official recognition of the breed by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1948.


Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.


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The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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