The dense double coat is an easy keeper; seasonal shedding is a fact of life for Nordic dogs.
Often referred to as a 'big dog in a small body,' the Swedish Vallhund is an alert, energetic, and intelligent dog. Their even temper and eager-to-please personality make them wonderful family companions while their active and athletic spirit makes them good herding dogs, although they'll need sufficient daily exercise. Their tight, medium-length coat is easy to groom and requires occasional brushing and bathing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Vallhund is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Their even temper and eager-to-please personality make them wonderful family companions while their active and athletic spirit makes them good herding dogs, although they'll need sufficient daily exercise. Vallhunds want to be involved with anything and everything their people do. They need a reasonable amount of exercise, both mental and physical; a good walk daily with longer exercise periods here and there should suffice, along with some training or problem-solving activity.
Swedish Vallhund &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Swedish Vallhunds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Vallhund can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.