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Swedish Vallhund (Sitting, Face)
Sitting, Face

Breed Information


2022: #160

2021: #160

2020: #147

2019: #159

2018: #169

2017: #149

2016: #163

2015: #155

Name Swedish Vallhund
Other names Västgötaspets
Origin Sweden
Breed Group Herding (AKC:2007 & UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years






Height 12-16 inches (30-40 cm)
Weight 25-35 pounds (11-15 kg)






Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2300 USD

The average price for a Swedish Vallhund puppy is between $1,500 - $2,300 depending on the breeder, the quality of the puppies and the pedigree of the puppies.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Swedish Vallhund will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. This breed is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Barking Tendencies

4 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

Naturally active little dogs, they should always be encouraged to remain so. They need to be taken on a daily walk.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. No trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

5 stars

Constant and Seasonal Shedding: The Vallhund has a medium-length double coat. Double-coated dogs shed, so expect to find hair on your clothing and furniture. Brush the coat once or twice a week to remove dead hair and reduce the amount of loose hair floating around your house. The only other kind of grooming you need to do is to trim the hair on the footpads.

Stranger Friendly

5 stars


4 stars

Easy Training: The Swedish Vallhund is a herding breed and is relatively easy to train. They do have a tendency to try to herd people by nipping at the individual's heals but with proper training, they can learn to avoid this. The Vallhund is eager to learn and training should be consistent.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Swedish Vallhund Puppy (Side View, Standing)
Side View, Standing

Swedish Vallhund Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Charlie Lucy
03 Buddy Daisy
04 Tucker Coco
05 Rocky Chloe
06 Oliver Stella
07 Buster Roxy
08 Sammy Nala
09 Lucky Stella
10 Sam Nala
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The low-slung dog may resemble his Corgi cousins, but the Swedish Valhund is a distinct breed that has existed for some thousand years. In his homeland of Sweden, the Vallhund was a valued farm dog used to herd livestock by nipping at their heels. He has many good qualities, including his size and easy-care coat, but he’s not the right breed for everyone.

Friendly and even-tempered Vallhunds are among the world’s most vocal breeds. They’re so chatty that their language of yips, howls, and barks has its own name: “argle bargle.” These smart, energetic dogs do best with owners willing to engage them with work or sports. Vallhunds are zesty companions. “They have a sense of humor and a real joy for life,” says one longtime owner. Loyal and easily trained, both hardworking and fun loving, the Vallhund has it all, except numbers: It’s an exceedingly scarce breed.


The Swedish Vallhund may be related to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The breed was brought to Wales by the Vikings in the 800s. The Vikings knew the dog as the "Vikingarnas Hund," which meant the "Viking Dog." "Vallhund" means "herding dog." Some of the breed’s talents are cattle drover, watchdog and ratter. The dog is becoming more popular at European exhibitions. The Swedish Vallhund was recognized by the AKC in 2007.

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