Dog Breed Group: Pastoral Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 10-16, Female: 9-15
Height: Male: 13-14, Female: 12-13
Origin of Name: The Swedish Vallhund, also known as the Västgötaspets and Swedish cow dog.
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Between the 8th and 11th centuries, the sea Vikings of Scandinavia raided vast areas of Britain, conquered and settled. Traces of Viking influence can still be seen in the names of Scandinavian places around the British Isles. Another reminder of Britain's Viking past is the Valhund, which is believed to be a cross of Scandinavian Spitz dogs with Welsh corgis. When and where the breed evolved is unknown, but we know that for centuries the Vulhunds were rugged cattle dogs and all-purpose farmhands in western Sweden.