The Swedish Vallhund is a spunky wolf look-alike, but without any intimidating features. They are typically the height of a Corgi, with long, chubby bodies resting on short, stocky legs. They are abundantly energetic with the heart of a puppy. What’s not to love about them?
In 2007, the AKC recognized the Swedish Vallhund as a valid breed whose name translates to “Westerngothia Spitz Dog.” It is believed that the dogs originated during the age of Vikings nearly 1,000 years ago, and it was saved from near extinction in the 1940’s by breeders. Previously known as the Swedish Cattledog, the Swedish Vallhund is now increasing in popularity. They are informally known as the “Wolf Corgi,” given the similarity in appearance mentioned above and their gray, slightly coarse fur that blend into a manilla or white fur patch.
While their markings may speak to a wild side, the Swedish Vallhund’s temperament does not. They are normally watchful, energetic, and spirited creatures that enjoy the challenge of being presented with a task. Swedish Vallhunds are skilled with obedience, agility, hiking, and other jobs, and they also approach their playtime with enthusiasm. Chasing a ball with surprising speed is one of their endearing talents.
Because the Swedish Vallhunds are hunting dogs, they see themselves as endowed with the responsibility of protecting their bread-winning owners. These dogs are protective like shepherds and can thus be sensible watchdogs. When these dogs are comfortable, however, their prey drives aren’t too intense, so they are well-known for their adaptability to other pets and farm animals.
Swedish Vallhunds are essentially “big dogs” with adorable small bodies, but they are nevertheless robust.
Their working inclinations make them a useful and entertaining companion, never napping on a coach while their owner chooses to go find adventure. They possess the working intelligence of a sharp Border Collie and the playful nature of a Spitz. Arguably, they are some of the most well-bred dogs given their profiles, and if willing owners can handle a waiting list and a slightly upscale price tag, they can get their own Mini Wolf Corgi.