The breed is a popular companion dog that is still used for herding cattle at farms in its county of origin. The origin of the Swedish Vallhund is not known. Theories about the breeds past are claiming its origin to the time of the Vikings. But if the Vikings brought their low legged spitz to the British isles where it might have played a part in the background of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke or vice versa; - the Vikings brought the Corgi back to Sweden, we will never know.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
Presentation by Svenska Kennelklubben, July 2017. Supplement to the breed standard.
The Swedish Vallhund dates back to 8th Century Sweden where the breed was utilised as farm dogs, primarily for herding cattle. The Swedish Vallhund is known in its native land as Västgötaspets, which means Spitz of the West Goths.
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Other Names for Breed:
Swedish cattle dog
Vallhund suédois-Spitz des Wisigoths
Vallhund sueco - Spitz de los Visigodos
Schwedischer Vallhund - Westgotenspitz - Schwedischer Schäferspitz
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Sweden
Parent breed club: SKV | Specialklubben för Västgötaspets: http://vastgotaspets.se/
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO (Breeding Strategy - Finnish)
LÄNSIGÖÖTANMAANPYSTYKORVAN ROTUKOHTAINEN JALOSTUKSEN TAVOITEOHJELMA 2012 - 2016
OFA: Swedish Vallhund: http://www.offa.org/SurveySummary.php?b=ACD&q=ALL&s=32
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database: http://www.dogwellnet.com/content/_/health-and-breeding/screening-tests/dna/dna-tests-for-use-in-breeding-decisions/the-kennel-club-breed-specific-dna-tests-upd-r234
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Finland: Database (KoiraNet-jalostustietojärjestelmä) : http://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?Lang=en&R=14
Hundsport Special, (Breed Profile). Publisher: Svenska KennelKlubben. (In Swedish)
Breed Profile: Swedish Vallhund NZ:
Article: UK: Mental Evaluations in Sweden: http://www.swedishvallhunds.co.uk/documents/mentaleval.pdf
Race Portrait: Rassespecial VON URSULA MEYER västgötaspets (German): http://www.dcnh.de/docs/rasseportraits/10_Västgötapets_CN042013.pdf
A Novel Form of Progressive Retinal Atrophy in Swedish Vallhund Dogs
Increased Expression of MERTK is Associated with a Unique Form of Canine Retinopathy
2015 Research Update Letter: Retinopathy in the Swedish Vallhund is Associated with Dysfunction of the MERTK Gene
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Sweden: SKV | Specialklubben för Västgötaspets: http://vastgotaspets.se/
SKV Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SKVvastgotaspets/
UK: The Swedish Vallhund Society: http://www.swedishvallhunds.co.uk/
US: Swedish Vallhund Club of America: http://www.swedishvallhund.com/
New Zealand: Swedish Vallhund Club: http://www.svclub.org.nz/
Netherlands: Västgötaspets Vereniging in Nederland: http://www.vastgotaspets-vereniging.nl/
Finland: Länsigöötanmaanpystykorvat - Västgötaspetsen ry: http://lansigootanmaanpystykorvat.com/
Germany (VDH): Deutscher Club für Nordische Hunde e.V. http://www.dcnh.de/index.php?site=verein_rassen&rasse=10
Norway (NKK): http://web2.nkk.no/no/kjope_hund+/ansvarlig_hundehold/Västgøtaspets.9UFRvU1Q.ips