meet theSwedish Vallhund


Training &Temperament

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.

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Did You Know?

The Swedish Vallhund is AKC's 156th breed.

The Swedish Vallhund comes naturally with no tail (bobtail), stub tail or full curl tail.

The Swedish Vallhund is also known as Vastgotaspets and Swedish Cattledog.

The Swedish Vallhund is pictured on a number of countries stamps: Sweden, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Mali, Russia, Tajikastan, Altay...but not yet in the USA postage stamps.

The first Swedish Vallhund litter in the United States was bred by Marilyn Thell of Jonricker Kennel in 1986.

The Swedish Vallhund is considered an ancient breed. Sweden says the Swedish Vallhund goes back well over 1,000 years and that it is an original species meaning it did not (come from another breed of dog).

The Swedish Vallhund almost became exinct in Sweden in 1942 but was rescued from that fate when Count Bjorn von Rosen of Sweden became involved.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Gray 100
Red 140
Black 007
Blue 037
White 199
Yellow 232


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Sable 026
White Markings 014