The Swedish Vallhund dates back over 1000 years to the Swedish Vikings when they were named the “Vikingarnas Hund” (Viking Dog.) In the 8th or 9th century, it’s believed that either the Corgi was taken to Sweden or a Swedish Vallhund was taken to Wales because both breeds are similar. This dog was almost extinct in 1942 but Count Bjorn von Rosen of Sweden resurrected him. He was used for centuries as a farm dog to herd sheep and cattle.
Today he gets involved in agility, obedience, flyball, herding and tracking events. He either has a full curly tail, a stub tail or no tail. His double coat is any colour from red through to grey with a sable pattern. He’s often described as a “large dog in a small body” and is energetic, intelligent and active. He’s eager to please and a great family dog. He needs lots of exercise. His medium coat is simple to groom and only needs to be brushed and bathed occasionally. He’s 11.5 – 13.5 inches in height.