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Swedish Vallhund

Description

Illustration of Swedish Vallhund

This import to Britain may look like an unusually coloured Welsh Corgi but he is nothing of the sort. Although he is fairly long in the back, he stands up on strong, thick-set legs, and gives the impression of concentrated power in a fairly small frame. The harsh, close-fitting coat is easy to keep clean and wholesome. He is very active and a good guard from the point of view of giving warning of an approaching stranger, but he has a friendly, cheerful disposition, and will take all the exercise you want to give him.

The Vallhund is also called the Swedish Cattle Dog, identifying both his purpose and country of origin. The breed nearly died out in the 1930s but, mainly through the efforts of a Count Bjorn von Rosen, was saved, and was recognised by the Swedish Kennel Club in 1948 and granted recognition in Britain in 1984.

Varieties

  • Bobtail

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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