Swedish Vallhund

Other names

Västgötaspets, Swedish Vallhund

Life expectancy

14 years

Age adult

10 months

Height (Shoulder height)

32 cm


12 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / harsh

Coat color

wolf-grey, grey&brown, grey&yellow or reddish&brown

Common illnesses

progressive retina atrophy / spinal disc herniation / joint disease

Food expenses per month in €

about € 31

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not




Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


robust / alert / lively / territorial / mistrustful of strangers

Bred for

guard house and farm / herding dog

Common illnesses

progressive retina atrophy / spinal disc herniation / joint disease

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The Swedish Vallhund is a vivd, intellignt and friendly family-dog. This breed still has a distinct herding instinct and is very easy to train. He is compatible with other animals and is not aggressive, but needs a lot of physical exercise.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.