- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 4
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Swedish Vallhund
- COLOR(S):Gray, red and yellow, red and brown or gray and brown.
In its native Sweden, these dogs are called Vasgotaspets, which means "Spitz of the West Goths." Such a powerful name is given to this little dog of great heart. The Swedish Vallhund is not only very friendly but also very eager to please. Loyal and affectionate, these Swedish Cattledogs need plenty of exercise to keep in shape to do as their master asks. They are eager, alert, bold and curious. Energetic, this breed is ideal for children who like to play. The Swedish Vallhund is an intelligent breed and they get along well with other pets and other people. All of this exciting package is wrapped up in a small sized, sturdy spitz type body. They are a rectangular shape, and may be related to the Corgi with their short, long stature and naturally long, bob, or docked tail. The ears are pricked and the coat is double with a thicker undercoat and grey to red coarse outer coat. Swedish Vallhunds have a foxy look to them, with the impression of pride in their expression. For the owner needing a small yet strong, well balanced dog, the Swedish Vallhund is top notch.
Swedish Vallhunds are alert, bold and curious little dogs. They are energetic and fun. Being a hard worker, the Swedish Vallhund is highly intelligent and can be trained easily. They are eager to please and friendly with almost everyone they meet. They get along with children and other pets quite well. The Swedish Vallhund is a talented detector of moods. They are sensitive to their owner\'s mood, and if they get a particular reaction out of people such as laughing or clapping for some action they performed, they will do it again and again. They have their own sense of humor, is spirited and joyous.
Easy to care for, the Swedish Vallhund does not require a lot of maintenance. The coat only requires brushing once a week with a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hairs, as they do shed. They should be bathed as necessary.
Cleft palate, cryptochidism, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas and retinal dysplasia.
The most care for this breed would be for exercise, as they need plenty of it to keep fit. They should receive plenty of mental and physical exercise each day, exercising their mind to keep them from boredom.
The best method of training for a Swedish Vallhund is positive training. Learning Rate: High. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - High.