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Swedish Vallhund

Breed origin: Sweden
Original purpose: Kept as farm dog and used for herding cattle.

AKC recognized: 2007
AKC group: Herding

Size: Height: males 12½ to 13½ inches; females 11½ to 12½ inches
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Color: A sable pattern seen in colors of grey through red and combinations of these colors in various shades, sometimes with a dark muzzle, mask, or white markings.

General characteristics/temperament: The Swedish Vallhund is watchful, energetic, fearless, alert, intelligent, friendly, and steady. They are eager to please and make a good companion dog. They thrive on attention and are very devoted to their family. They can be wary of strangers and tend to be protective even though they're small, so proper socialization and training are a must.

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, herding, tracking, agility, flyball, therapy, search and rescue

Recommended books for further reading:

Swedish Vallhund (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Janice Willton
Published in 2004
160 pages

Swedish Vallhund: A Legacy of the Vikings
By Leonie Darling
Published in 2005

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Swedish Vallhund Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Swedish Vallhund Club of America Rescue

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