Hello tumblr allow me to present you the swedish vallhund
i´m VERY confused as you guys are not freaking out about these little guys yet since they´re basically WOLF CORGIS.
I swear to god, I thought it was a photoshop at first.
Oh my Glob, it’s “the little cattle dog of the Vikings”. Not only is it a wolf corgi, but it’s a Viking wolf corgi.
VIKING WOLF CORGI
VIKING WOLF CORGI
The Swedish Vallhund, also know as the Västergötland, is an ancient Spitz breed that was breed and raised as basically an everything dog. Even though their main purpose is to herd (mainly cattle, their small size allows them to dart between the cattle’s legs, but also sheep and goats), they were also expected to be ratters and guard dogs.
It is said by many breed historians that after groups of Vikings broke off from Scandinavia to settle in warmer climate farther south, in places like Wales, that they brought the Vallhunds with them and that is where you get your Pembroke and Cardigan Corgis.
The breed was nearly lost during the world wars, but was brought back from the brink of extinction by K. G. Zettersten and Björn von Rosen and five dogs they were able to find while riding bikes in the Swedish country side.
The dog featured in this post’s name is Trilure Missy, whom her owner calls Misty. She lives Texas at Osafin kennels, though she originally came from a kennel in Canada, which was when this picture was taken, she was so much more fluffy then.
She’s also my puppy, Nea’s, maternal aunt.
The Swedish Vallhund is a wonderful little breed, they’re smart and tenacious, and make great family pets. They have similar temperament to the corgis, but don’t have quite the same nippy attitudes as corgi females and the males are all love bugs.
To see more of Misty, check out Osafin.com
To learn more about the breed, swedishvallhund.com
And to see more of Nea, neatheswedishmeatball.com
Viking Wolf Corgis, I love it! That is what I am calling Fae from now on!!!
Sadly, no, the Vallhund does not appear to share a recent lineage with Welsh Corgis. There’s a temptation to make up plausible stories explaining Vallhunds and Corgis. The dogs have similar shapes, and dog enthusiasts have suggested a relationship between the breeds as long ago as the 18th century, based entirely on morphological comparison.
But morphology can lie — Viceroy and Monarch butterflies are not particularly closely related species, despite looking virtually identical, and sharks and dolphins are animals separated by 100s of millions of years of evolution, despite their many similarities.
Recent attempts at using dog genetic data to build a “breed tree,” if you will, have shown the Vallhund is an ancient breed with few unique genetic elements in common with either breed of Welsh Corgi.
Since these breeds are all the same species (dog), it is possible and even likely that genes from Vallhunds have snuck into Corgi lines, and vice versa, but the phylogenetics shows the amount of gene flow has been very low. I should add that phylogenetics is usually used to compare species, not populations of the same species, but here it can be effectively used to exclude close relationships. It just can’t confirm them.
Fae is a combiner of worlds, a real cutie, and a VIKING WOLF LIMEY DWARF DOG.
This is also a Swedish vallhund appreciation blog
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