Swedish Vallhund – Page 6 – Dog Breed Review

Swedish Vallhund

Care

The Swedish Vallhund is not a hermit. That is, they shouldn’t be left to their own vices all day alone inside without being active. This is a historical working breed. Meaning, they are ardent herding dogs that need to remain active in order to be the best that they can be. That said, most people recommend someone with experience with a high energy — herding breed like the Vallhund. If not, count on providing them with plenty of mental and physical stimulation. A daily stroll in the neighborhood or two short ones should do the trick. When they really need to engage, activities like agility and tracking are things they can thrive in. 

Because the Vallhund is a vocal dog, with plenty of talk in them, it may be best to keep them out of apartments or busy living corridors. Of course, each breed is different, but your Swedish Vallhund is likely to be more happy with more space as it is.

They can do okay alone but it is always best to entertain them or provide some form of companionship.

Although the breed is good with children, they will need some supervision due to their  herding history. Dogs will as well. Strangers usually have nothing to worry about.

Regarding training, the breed doesn’t do well with harsh treatment. Training should be rewarding through treats and verbal praise. You should also be consistent and offer positive reinforcement.

You’ll want to inspect their ears for any type of bacterial buildup or infections. Trimming their nails will help reduce the chances of overgrowth, cracks and splits.