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Swedish Valhund

Postby 2dogpack » Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:20 am

I have never heard of them before. While I'm not a small dog person, I want to cuddle one of these in the worst way. It's like a husky corgi! They're adorable! You can see better photos of them if you just do a simple image search in Google, but here's the SVCA site.

http://www.swedishvallhund.com

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby SherriA » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:45 am

Aren't they cute? I think they're adorable. :)
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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Calypso » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:04 pm

I think they're nice dogs, but the woman I know who introduced me to valhunds is such a complete nut that the whole breed is tainted for me. :(

If you do ever meet one, ask if the dog has a "collar allergy" and if they were able to treat it. The person I know swears up and down that you can't teach a valhund to wear a collar without scratching it constantly. She's totally conformation focused so in frustration I finally said "Male dogs don't like getting their testicles handled in the show ring, but they learn to accept it!" I never heard about the collar allergy again.

She stopped coming to puppy class because it was more important to her that the dog stand pretty in the show ring 7 weekends a year than for it to be well socialized with other dogs and she felt that letting the dogs play in class, then calling them to work and focus on their handlers, was too distracting for the dog. (Ummm. Ooookay.) I really need to meet more of the breed to get the experience of this woman out of my brain!!!!

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby 2dogpack » Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:02 pm

I've never been a 'Westminster' person. I think looks on a dog are not nearly as important as the personality, and the health — both physical and mental — of the dog. Sure, I believe in a a type, but even then, I think some of the confirmation specifics are too rigid.
If I were ever to do 'something' a dog of mine, it'd have to be sports related. And I don't care if a St Bernard is mostly brown rather than white, or that a Shiba is cream rather than red or black.

People like that woman give me the heebies.

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Jen » Sat Oct 11, 2014 3:29 pm

One of the trainers at GTPT breeds them. I like hers a lot, and I'm pretty sure they don't have collar allergies. lol

We saw a pack of them at the dog park here and asked the owner if they were vallhunds, and she was stunned we'd ever heard of them, let alone recognized them. :)

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Trademarkbark » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:16 am

Several in my area. Very neat dogs. One starred in the "Thunderleash" commercial with Spud and OE. He's a cool dude who does agility and obedience.
CA UFGRCH USCH GRCH "Spud" TT FDC CA CGC TKN
CAX UFGRCH USCH GRCH "OE" TT CA TKN FDC BCAT CGC
USCH UFCH GRCH GCH "Grytz" TT CGCU TKN FDC
CH "Doozy" FDC CGC TKN

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Bari » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:57 pm

I met 2 of them at Global. Very sweet.
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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby connie » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:54 pm

Haha, I wonder if I know the woman Jill knows! The woman I know who has Valhunds is ... well, she's a froot loop. She got a Valhund several years ago and for some reason, she bred it ... as part of some sort of study on the genetics of the breed, she said. Uh-huh. You bred a dog who had no working or conformation titles and whose structure is okay but not great. This rescue person says 'thanks for that.'

And then she kept two of the puppies; what could possibly go wrong, eh?

Seriously, I like the Finnish Lapphund temperament *much* better than that of the Valhund, based on what I've seen. And of course, Lapphund owners are paragons of sanity and very cool people, too! ROFL!
http://finnishlapphundclubofamerica.org/

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Trademarkbark » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:45 am

Several in my area. Very neat dogs. One starred in the "Thunderleash" commercial with Spud and OE. He's a cool dude who does agility and obedience.
Paula, you know who I'm talking about!!
CA UFGRCH USCH GRCH "Spud" TT FDC CA CGC TKN
CAX UFGRCH USCH GRCH "OE" TT CA TKN FDC BCAT CGC
USCH UFCH GRCH GCH "Grytz" TT CGCU TKN FDC
CH "Doozy" FDC CGC TKN

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Calypso » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:29 pm

Connie - does her name start with Y?

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby connie » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:27 pm

No -- her first name is Karen. :smirk:

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Calypso » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:10 pm

I don't know if I'm relieved that she isn't the same person or disturbed that there are two who are so similar around...

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby connie » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:07 pm

Yeah, same here. :tongue:

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Kathleen » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:48 am

They have more of a cattle dog type temperment. Not really herding dog biddable more like a Spitz. Very very vocal too.
I'm not really into short legged dogs so that might taint my option a bit.

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Re: Swedish Valhund

Postby Trademarkbark » Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:49 am

They have more of a cattle dog type temperment. Not really herding dog biddable more like a Spitz.
I'd have to agree with this part ...
CA UFGRCH USCH GRCH "Spud" TT FDC CA CGC TKN
CAX UFGRCH USCH GRCH "OE" TT CA TKN FDC BCAT CGC
USCH UFCH GRCH GCH "Grytz" TT CGCU TKN FDC
CH "Doozy" FDC CGC TKN


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