The Swedish Vallhund is an ancient farmer's dog, herding cattle and watching and guarding the farm. The breed is related to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, though whether, centuries ago, Vallhund-type dogs were taken to Wales or Corgi-type dogs were taken to Sweden is unknown. It was not until 1943 that the first breed standard was written, naming the breed the "Svensk Vallhund" (Swedish Vallhund). Ten years later, the name was changed to "Västgötaspets."
Today the Swedish Vallhund retains its working abilities - a herding dog, watchdog, and guard dog as well as competitor in dogsports - and is a loyal family companion with a special fondness for children.
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