The Swedish vallhund also called 'västgötaspets' is a breed of dog. It is believed that the Swedish vallhund distinguished itself during the age of Vikings, more than 1,000 years ago. Known as the 'Viking dog', the vallhund was bred to herd cattle, catch vermin (such as rats), and guard the home. The vallhund was also referred to as 'the little cattle dog of the Vikings'.
Height for these little dogs at withers: Males 33 cm (12.9 in). Females 31 cm (12.2 in). A variation of -1 up to +2 cm is permitted. Weight: No weight standard. ' They should be strong for their size and have a muscular body. They are quite a substantial dog, with short legs.
The dog's coat should be short and harsh. The topcoat is close and tight and undercoat is soft and dense. The hair is short on the head and on the foreparts of the legs, while a little bit longer on the neck, chest and back parts of the hind legs. Colour vary from grey, greyish brown, greyish yellow or reddish brown with darker hairs on back, neck and sides of the body. Lighter hair in the same shade of colour as mentioned above can be seen on muzzle, throat, chest, belly, buttocks, feet and hocks. They have lighter markings on shoulders, also known as harness markings. Some dogs show white to a small extent as a narrow blaze, neckstop or slight necklace, as well as white markings on fore and hindlegs and on the chest. The maximum is 30% white.
Source of information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Vallhund
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