Spitz and primitive types.
Nordic Watchdogs and
Without working trial.
: The Swedish Vallhund is
considered to be an authentic Swedish breed although uncertainty
still exists as to the relationship with the type like
the Welsh Corgi.
Whether or not the Vikings brought Corgi-type dogs
back from the British Isles to Sweden or Västgötaspets-like dogs
from Sweden to Britain will
never be solved. But modern research believes that the Västgötaspets is of Swedish origin.
Regardless of the breed’s origin,
its recognition goes to Count Björn von Rosen
and headmaster Zetterstén
. In the early 1940’s von Rosen was told that
this old type of herding dog
still existed and an investigation took
place in the County of West Gotha. Particularly in
the planes of Vara specimens of homogeneous type where found; few in numbers but enough for Zetterstén to start the breeding. Breed type was well established without loosing the working
: Small, low on legs and sturdy.
Appearance and expression denote a watchful, alert
and energetic dog.
I IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS:
Ratio of height at withers to
length of body 2:3. The height from lowest part of
to ground never to be less than 1/3 of the height at withers
: Watchful, energetic, fearlessand alert.
: Clean cut and fairly long. Skull and nose bridge
CRANIAL REGION: Viewed from above as well as from the side,
moderately broad and tapering evenly towards the nose.
Skull: Almost flat.
Stop: Well defined.
Muzzle: When viewed from the side,
is rather blunt cut and only
than the skull.
Well fitting and tightly closed.
Lower jaw rather blunt cut and strong,
but not prominent.
Perfect and regular scissor bite with complete
even and well developed teeth.
Eyes: Medium size, oval in shape and dark brown.
Ears: Medium size, pointed, pricked and ear leather
is hard from base to tip, smooth-haired and mobile. Length of ear should slightly exceed the width at base.
Long and strongly muscled with good reach.
BODY: Topline: Back level, well-muscled.
Loin: Short, broad and strong.
Croup: Broad and slightly sloping.
Chest: Long with good depth. Ribs fairly well sprung. When viewed
the front, the chest is oval, from side, elliptical. It reaches two-
fifths of the length of the forelegs and, when viewed from the side,
the lowest point of the chest is immediately behind
the back of elbow. Sternum visible but not excessively pronounc
Underline and belly: Belly slightly tucked up.
: Two types of tails occur, long
and all variations
in length of naturally
short tail. In both cases all variations of carriage are
permitted as there is no norm for the carriage.
LIMBS: With strong bone.
Shoulder: Long and set at an angle of 45
the horizontal plane.
arm: Slightly shorter than the shoulder-
blades and set at a distinct angle. Upper arms lie close to ribs, but are still very mobile.
Forearm: When viewed from the front, slightly bent, just enough to
give them free action against the lower part of the
Metacarpus (Pastern): Elastic.
Frontfeet: Medium sized, short, oval, pointing
with strong pads, tightly knit and well knuckled up
General appearance: Parallel when viewed
Thigh: Broad and strongly muscled.
(Knee): Well angulated.
Lower thigh: Only slightly longer than the distance
from hock to
Hock joint: Well angulated.
(Rear pastern): Of moderate height.
Hind feet: Medium sized, short, oval, pointing straight forward with
strong pads, tightly knit and well knuckled up.
Sound, with good reach and drive.
COAT, Hair: Top coat of moderate length, hard, tight and
lying close to body, undercoat is soft and very dense. The coat is short on head and foreparts of the legs may be longer on neck, throat, chest and back parts of the hind legs.
Colour: Grey, greyish brown, greyish yellow, reddish yellow or
reddish brown. Lighter hair in the same nuance of colour as
mentioned above can be seen on muzzle, throat,
buttocks, feet and hocks. Darker guard hairs visible on back, neck
and sides of the body. Lighter markings on shoulders, so called
and light cheek markings are highly desirable.
White is permitted to a small extent as a narrow blaze, neck spot or
slight necklace. White markings are permitted on chest, fore-and
SIZE AND WEIGHT:Height at the withers:
Males: 33 cms (ideal height)
Females: 31 cms (ideal height)
A tolerance of 2 cms above or 1 cms below these heights is
: Any departure from the
foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect
the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its tradtional work.
Too low to ground.
Stop not well defined.
Lack of two P1 or one P2.
Light eyes giving wrong expression.
Ears set too low.
Chest too deep or too shallow.
Too wide in front.
Too short in upper arms.
Over angulated hindquarters.
Lack of harness or cheeck markings