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Swedish Vallhund – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small to Medium
Weight: 25 to 35 pounds
Height: 12 to 16 inches
Longevity: 0
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Swedish Vallhund, Dog Breed Guide


Swedish Vallhund is dog breed that was used by the Vikings. They call this particular breed as Vikingarnas Hund which translates to Viking dog. They got the Vallhund from the Viking word “herding dog”.

Official Name

Swedish Vallhund


Date – As old as the Viking culture
Country – Sweden
Family / Group – Herding

Recognized By:
Kennel Club of Great Britain
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


Swedish Vallhund or also called The Viking Dog is Sweden’s ancient dog breed that served as an all-purpose utility dog that can herd cattle, guard farms and be companion pet for farmers. They arrived in Sweden via the Viking raiders. This Swedish cattle dog breed excelled in herding both cattle and sheep.


The Swedish Vallhund is a sturdy herding dog that is always alert and highly energetic while performing its duties. These are bold dogs that are perpetually curious. Viking dogs will be easy to train with an impressive intelligence and an eagerness to please. These dogs are docile, friendly and will always get along with everyone.

Bred For

Swedish Vallhunds are the Viking herding dogs. Swedish farmers used them as cattle drivers, watchdogs and also as ratters.


The Swedish Vallhund will be a good apartment dog provided if their exercise needs are sufficiently satisfied.


Viking dogs are easy to groom and maintaining their coat requires minimal time and effort to keep it in tip top shape. These are dogs that shed hair in average amounts.


These Swedish cattle dogs are highly trainable for having high intelligence and an eagerness to please their masters.


This Swedish herding dog breed is one of the healthiest and is not affected by medical diseases and genetic conditions that occur on other dogs.


Viking dogs are hardworking multipurpose dogs that are very active. These dogs should be taken on walks every day if not given a regular farm job.