As intelligent as they are loyal, the Swedish Vallhund is a small Scandinavian spitz-type breed – that also looks a lot like a Corgi.
Many have claimed that they are the most likely candidate for the so-called ‘little Viking dog’, which accompanied the Vikings on their long sea journeys. Although an excellent herder, they had plenty of other talents too, including hunting rats and being guard dogs.
They almost became extinct during the Second World War. But, fortunately, a man named Count Bjorn von Rosen helped restore the breed. Since then, subsequent fanciers have also kept them going. Today these dogs are still quite rare – but treasured wherever they’re found.