Breeds of dogs: Swedish Vallhund - Vastgotaspets

Breeds of dogs: Swedish Vallhund - Vastgotaspets

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Sweden.
F.C.I classification: Group 5 - spitz and primitive type dogs.

The Swedish Vallhund (Vastgotaspets) is a breed of dubious origins. It is considered by most experts to be an autochthonous breed from Sweden, although a certain resemblance to the English "Welsh Corgi" appears in its appearance. Virtually unknown outside the Nordic countries. Breed registered by Count Bjorn von Rosen in the 1940s.

General aspect

Small but very powerful dog. Length to height ratio is around 2: 3. Sturdy limbs with excellent tone and volume of the muscle masses.


This small dog is used as a shepherd dog used for the management of the flock and also the cattle herds. Despite its small size, it has no problem keeping a large number of beasts together, given its proverbial agility and speed. His courage is admirable; he is said not to be afraid of anything. Also widely used at home as a simple pet canine. He has a bright character and is very intelligent. Breed easy to train.

Swedish Vallhund (photo

Swedish Vallhund (photo

Swedish Vallhund (photo


- males 33 cm at the withers;
- females 31 cm at the withers.
A variation of 1.5 cm above or below these values ​​is allowed.

Trunk: compact and solid; built in the rectangle.
Head and muzzle: its head has the typical characteristics of Nordic sheepdogs.
Truffle: black in color, nostrils well open.
Teeth: the teeth must be complete and correct; the teeth must be white.
Neck: robust and wide.
Eyes: medium size, dark in color and oval in shape.
Ears: they are pointed, of medium size, not folded, they are mobile and with very soft fur. Hanging not too low.
Arts: well straight, rather short compared to the general structure of the animal. The hind limbs are very muscular. Excellent bone.
Tail: long or naturally short. In both cases all variations are allowed.
Hair: rough, of medium length, adherent and thick, with soft and thick undercoat. Shorter in the front of the limbs, it is slightly longer on the neck, chest and rear of the hind limbs.
Allowed colors: desirable grayish brown, gray, reddish brown with darker hair on the back, neck and sides of the body. White color is allowed only as spots or collar. White marks are also allowed on the limbs and chest.
Most common defects: colors not allowed by the standard, non-standard sizes, inhibited character, too large white spots, hanging ears, clear eye, incorrect gait, defective rear end, deficient teeth, loose hair, undercoat deficient, dog high on the limbs, insufficient musculature, light bones , monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Västgötaspets in a park (September 2021).