The Viking Dog of old folklore, the long and low Swedish Vallhund, is a smart and gregarious herder with a dense coat and inexhaustible activity. These hardy cow dogs are recognized for their zeal for life, distinctive vocalizations, and upbeat disposition.
Vallhunds are a timeless breed, as at home in a suburban backyard as they were on the prow of Viking longships 1,200 years ago, with their thick sable coat, strong structure, and overall no-frills appearance. These energetic herders are constructed long and low to the ground, though not as exaggeratedly as their distant cousins the corgis, but the aim is the same: their build makes it simpler to nibble at the heels of calves and avoid kicks to the head. Balance, power, and fluid movement are breed characteristics.