The Swedish Vallhund is a very old Spitz-type breed known since the time of the Vikings. Small, powerful, fearless, and sturdily-built, the Swedish Vallhund has been kept for centuries in Sweden as the all purpose farm dog used for herding cattle, alerting the farmer to visitors. and rodent control. The double coat and the characteristic “harness markings” are essential features of this breed. The appearance of the Swedish Vallhund conveys intelligence, alertness and energy. Tails may be long, stub, or bob, all equally acceptable.