The Swedish Vallhund emigrated to Australia in 1981. Sheila and Dennis Haddon of the renowned Norsled Kennels emigrated to Australia and brought with them two male Swedish Vallhunds, Norsled Foxy and Norsled
Balzac. Later two females followed to join them, Mildane Blue Wind and Norsled Maisy. They suffered an unexpected blow to their breeding plans when Balzac, a stunning dog, needed to undergo surgery for kidney stones, vets advised that he
was unlikely to live for long Ultimately 'Zac' reached a ripe old age but his health complications seemed to have rendered him sterile. Mrs Haddon was respected as an absolute authority on the breed by those who knew her, having been a foundation
breeder in the UK and responsible for the breed introduction into Australia. Sheila and Dennis bred some 15 litters in Australia over a decade and a half. Sheila was very careful where she placed puppies with a preference to those who would
show and breed the dogs. Her dedication and commitment the breed saw at one time her having some twenty dogs at home on her premises.
In the late 1980s Margaret and Brian Stevens imported a bitch from Chatka Kennels owned by Peter
Erlandsson in Sweden, Chatka Nora with her superb nature joined Norsled Disraeli, alongside two bitches and a dog that they bought from Mrs Haddon and the Bronwylfa Kennels was up and running. Mrs Stevens and Mrs Haddon were regular
exhibitors of their dogs at a time when the breed was barely known by anyone in the assembled dog world, let alone the visiting public. One one occasion Margaret was assisting Sheila who was entered into a Royal Show and while benched waiting to go into
the ring a large group of ladies bustled passed them and stopped to admire the dogs. One woman asked what kind of dogs they were, and before either Margaret or Sheila were able to answer an 'authoritative' woman in the party loudly explained that they
were 'Miniature German Shepherds' When Sheila prompted the woman for further information that lady was unable to explain what had happened to the dogs tails.
On another occasion attending a Royal show the Swedish Valhunds were making their way to the dog show area when the cattle were also being driven to the cattle rings. While technically there to be judged for his conformation and
while Margaret was loaded up with crates, and assorted dog gear in her arms Foxy took it upon himself to assist in herding the cattle and interfere in a way that only a Vallhund could.
The next imports to arrive in Australia where from
the Valdemar Kennel. Ian and Lesley Grey owned the pioneering Swedish Vallhund Kennel in New Zealand. Their efforts and achievements noticed around the world. In 1992 Pat Gowland brought into Australia Valdemar Bruce and Valdemar Bella. Tragically
Bruce drowned in a swimming pool. However Bella was bred and her descendants stayed in Australia and made their way back across to New Zealand for the starting up Valkrista kennel. Bella also died prematurely in an accident.
Haddon in 1993 imported Kärradalens Bruno Björnbuse, and this was Australia's first red Swedish Vallhund. Bruno was noted for his strong dark red, a colour which he has passed down the lines. Alongside his stunning bold colouring
Bruno, more importantly shared his brilliant temperament with his offspring.
The next significant event occurred in 1998 when Mandy Lees of Leesway Kennels in conjunction with the late Leonie Darling of Dlarah Kennels
imported frozen semen into Australia to produce an ai litter. The semen was from another famous red sire, Canadian bred Vastgota Rudolf Valentino. From the frozen semen came a pup Leesway Man About Town the first Swedish Vallhund to carry duel
New Zealand and Australian Championship titles.
From the turn of the last century the rate of imported new bloodlines has picked up pace. Alan and Christine Robertson of Kloval Kennels imported Valkrista Kiwi Konnection. Sharon
Donaldson of Ausled Kennels brought NZ CH Leesway Man About Town (ai) back to Australia and he sired litters while being campaigned to his Australian title. Also imported by Sharon was Valkrista Paddy's Envoy both from Rose and Hans
Madsen's Valkrista kennel. Envoy sired by Rose's import from the respected Castleavery kennel in Northern Ireland.
From New Zealand again came Barahwolfe Blackberry Jazz to join Ausled. Sharon Donaldson with
Lisa Jönsson of Akka Kennels enriched the gene pool here further by bringing in two Swedish Dogs Sänningegårdens Elof Rönn and Boeråsens Eira. They followed this by bringing in frozen semen which to date has produced
new stud boy Akka Absolut On Ice NT. Additionally Vallarity Twist and Shout and Vallarity Harlem Shuffle from New Zealand have been imported into Australia. Dlarah Kennels imported Konnunkkodon Draco Malfoy from Finland followed by Bodeneis Foxy
Folkmar also from Finland.
In 2010 Australia saw the arrival of a bitch pup from America Mill Creek's Chyna Design. 'Dezi' endured a lengthy stay in quarantine but arrived to take her rightful place in the Australian
history in 2010. She is owned by the late Leonie Darling and Amanda Smith. In 2011 Candace Valkrista Voyager from England arrived in Australia welcomed by Sharon and Terry Donaldson of Ausled kennel. Then in 2015 Barahwolfe Allied Forces (from
frozen Ai semen out of Finland) arrived in Australia, followed by Osuno Robin Hood, and Osuno Maid Marion (also of frozen Ai semen out of Finland).
Latest Imports are Maroki Highfield Arche ( Alexandra Proudfoot) Maroki Rapaure Misha, Maroki Forrest
Quist Ausled, Maroki St Clair Mira and Maroki Mt Riley Llvy
The interesting array of great dogs to Australia has assured the ongoing diversity of what would be a limited gene pool if not for the efforts of many people. All breeders due acknowledgement
for the establishment of vastgotaspets here. The Swedish Vallhund is now assured of a permanent and deserved place in the Australian dog scene with more breeders, exhibitors and companion owners filling the ranks of this truly versatile and remarkable