The breed is a popular companion dog that is still used for herding cattle at farms in its county of origin. The origin of the Swedish Vallhund is not known. Theories about the breeds past are claiming its origin to the time of the Vikings. But if the Vikings brought their low legged spitz to the British isles where it might have played a part in the background of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke or vice versa; - the Vikings brought the Corgi back to Sweden, we will never know.
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The Swedish Vallhund dates back to 8th Century Sweden where the breed was utilised as farm dogs, primarily for herding cattle. The Swedish Vallhund is known in its native land as Västgötaspets, which means Spitz of the West Goths.
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are: