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. Swedish Vallhunds came to the US in 1985, were recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club) in 1996 and by the AKC in June of 2007.
Friendly and generally 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. Overall they are a sturdy and long lived breed with few health issues.
Just like any breed Swedish Vallhunds are not for everyone. Do your homework and study the breed and meet some in person to make sure that this is the right breed for you.