Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Swedish Vallhund - Vizigothic Spitz

(Västgötaspets)

Swedish Vallhund


ORIGIN

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Sweden.

PUBLISHED

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29.10.2013.
KC
May 2015

UTILISATION

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Herding Heeler.

CLASSIFICATION

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Group 5Spitz and primitive types
Section 3Nordic Watchdogs and Herders
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral

TRANSLATION

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Renée Sporre-Willes in collaboration with Jennifer Mulholland.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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The Swedish Vallhund is considered to be an authentic Swedish breed although uncertainty still exists as to the relationship with the type like the Welsh Corgi. Whether or not the Vikings brought Corgi-type dogs back from the British Isles to Sweden or Västgötaspets-like dogs from Sweden to Britain will never be solved. But modern research believes that the Västgötaspets is of Swedish origin. Regardless of the breed’s origin, credit for its recognition goes to Count Björn von Rosen. In the early 1940’s von Rosen was told that this old type of herding dog still existed and an investigation took place in the County of West Gotha. Particularly in the planes of Vara specimens of homogeneous type where found; few in numbers but enough to start breeding. Breed type was well established without loosing the working ability.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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Small, low on legs and sturdy. Appearance and expression denote a watchful, alert and energetic dog.
KC
Small, powerful, sturdily built working dog, with fairly long body. (Ratio of height at withers to length of body 2:3).

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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Ratio of height at withers to length of body 23. The height from lowest part of chest to ground never to be less than 1/3 of the height at withers.
KC
Appearance and expression denote a watchful, alert, energetic dog.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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Watchful, energetic, fearless and alert.
KC
Friendly, active, eager to please.

HEAD

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Clean cut and fairly long. Skull and nose bridge parallel.
KC
Rather long and a clean-cut, blunt wedge with almost flat skull and well defined stop. Viewed from above, shows an even wedge shape from skull to tip of nose. Muzzle, viewed from side, looks rather square, slightly shorter than skull. Lower jaw strong. Although a dark mask is acceptable, a well defined mask is highly desirable with lighter hair around eyes, on muzzle and under the throat, giving a distinct contrast to the upper mask. Tightly closed lips. Nose black.

CRANIAL REGION

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Viewed from above as well as from the side, moderately broad and tapering evenly towards the nose.

Skull

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Almost flat.

Stop

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Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Black.

Muzzle

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When viewed from the side, is rather blunt cut and only slightly shorter than the skull.
KC
Scissor bite – jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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Well fitting and tightly closed.

Jaws/Teeth

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Lower jaw rather blunt cut and strong, but not prominent. Perfect and regular scissors bite with complete, even and well developed teeth.

Eyes

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Medium size, oval in shape and dark brown.
KC
Medium size, oval, very dark brown.

Ears

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Medium size, pointed, pricked and ear leather is hard from base to tip, smooth-haired and mobile. Length of ear should slightly exceed the width at base.
KC
Medium size, pointed, pricked, leather hard from base to tip, but fine, smooth-haired and mobile.

NECK

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Long and strongly muscled with good reach.
KC
Long, strongly muscled with good reach.

BODY

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Back level, well muscled, with short, strong loin. Chest long with good depth. Well sprung ribs. Viewed from front, chest oval, from side elliptical. Reaching two-fifths of length of forearm. When viewed from side the lowest point of chest is immediately behind back part of foreleg. Sternum visible but not excessively pointed. Croup broad and slightly sloping. Belly slightly tucked up. Harness markings should be clearly defined.

Topline

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Back level, well muscled.

Loin

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Short, broad and strong.

Croup

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Broad and slightly sloping.

Chest

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Long with good depth. Fairly well sprung ribs. When viewed from the front, the chest is oval, from side, elliptical. It reaches two-fifths of the length of the forelegs and, when viewed from the side, the lowest point of the chest is immediately behind the back of elbow. Sternum visible but not excessively pronounced.

Underline and belly

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Belly slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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Two types of tails occur, long and all variations in length of naturally short tail. In both cases all variations of carriage are permitted as there is no norm for the carriage.
KC
Medium, short, oval, pointing straight forward with strong pads. Well knuckled up.

LIMBS

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With strong bone.

FOREQUARTERS

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Shoulder blades long and well laid. Upper arm slightly shorter than shoulder blade and set at a distinct angle. Upper arm lies close to ribs, but is still very mobile. Forearm, when viewed from front, slightly bent, just enough to give free action to chest’s lower part; straight when viewed from side. Legs well boned.

Shoulder

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Long and set at an angle of 45 degrees to the horizontal plane.

Upper Arm

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Slightly shorter than the shoulders and set at a distinct angle. Upper arms lie close to ribs, but are still very mobile.

Forearm

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When viewed from the front, slightly bent, just enough to give them free action against the lower part of the chest.

Pastern

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Elastic.

FEET

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Medium, short, oval, pointing straight forward with strong pads. Well knuckled up.

Forefeet

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Medium sized, short, oval, pointing straight foreward with strong pads, tightly knit and well knuckled up.

Hind feet

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See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Parallel when viewed from behind.
KC
Well angulated, well bent stifles and low hocks, thighs strongly muscled. Legs well boned.

Thigh

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Broad and strongly muscled.

Stifle

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Well angulated.

Lower thigh

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Only slightly longer than the distance from hock to ground.

Hock joint

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Well angulated.

Rear pastern

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Of moderate height.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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Sound, with good reach and drive.
KC
Free and active, elbows fitting closely to sides, forelegs moving well forward without too much lift, in unison with powerful thrusting hind action.

COAT

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HAIR

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Top coat of moderate length, hard, tight and lying close to body, undercoat is soft and very dense. The coat is short on head and foreparts of the legs, may be longer on neck, throat, chest and backparts of the hindlegs.
KC
Medium length, harsh, close and tight topcoat, undercoat abundant, soft, woolly.

COLOUR

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Grey, greyish brown, greyish yellow, reddish yellow or reddish brown. Lighter hair in the same nuance of colour as mentioned above can be seen on muzzle, throat, chest, belly, buttocks, feet and hocks. Darker guard hairs visible on back, neck and sides of the body. Lighter markings on shoulders, so called harness markings, and light cheek markings are highly desirable.
White is permitted to a small extent as a narrow blaze, neck spot or slight necklace. White markings are permitted on chest, fore-and hindlegs, but white socks may not extend above upper half of leg.
KC
Steel grey, greyish brown, greyish yellow, reddish yellow, reddish brown with darker guard hairs on back , neck, and sides of body. Lighter hair same shade of colour as mentioned above is desirable on muzzle, throat, chest, belly, buttocks, feet and hocks. Instead of these lighter shades, white markings are acceptable, but never in excess of one-third of total colour. Any colour other than the above, including white and blue or any non-standard colour, is highly undesirable (see Introductory paragraph).

SIZE

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Height at withers: dogs: 33-35 cms (13-133/4 ins); bitches: 31-33 cms (12-13 ins). The relation between height at withers and length of body should be 2:3. Weight 11.5-16 kgs (25-35 lbs).

Height at withers

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Males 33 cm (ideal height)
Females 31 cm (ideal height)
A tolerance of 2 cm above or 1 cm below these heights is permitted.

FAULTS

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Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Too low to ground.
Stop not well defined.
Snipy muzzle.
Lack of two P1 or one P2.
Light eyes giving wrong expression.
Ears set too low.
Chest too deep or too shallow.
Too wide in front.
Steep shoulders.
Too short in upper arms.
Over angulated hindquarters.
Lack of harness- or cheek markings.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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Short or rounded skull.
Short muzzle.
Lower jaw receding, narrow or weak.
Pincer bite.
Lack of molars (M3 not taken into account).
Roach back.
Soft coat and stand off coat.
Coat too short or too long.
Lack of undercoat.
White markings exceeding 30% of base colour.
Height severely diverging from the ideal height.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Aggressive or overly shy.
Over or undershot bite.
Blue eyes, one or both.
Hanging ears or semi-erect ears.
Long, curly coat.
Black, white, liver brown or blue coat colour.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.