How Much Does a Swedish Vallhund Cost?
The Swedish Vallhund originally came from Sweden and is a very old Spitz breed. Often mistaken for a Corgi, the Swedish Vallhund is a genuine dwarf. The significant differences are the Vallund’s bob tail, longer legs, shorter body, and a head that resembles a fox. Regarded as a more robust and active dog, the Swedish Vallhund is more commonly kept as a companion dog. There are different factors that influence the cost of a Swedish Vallhund. Knowing these can help in making the right purchase.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the quality, the breeder, and the age of the dog, plan on spending anywhere from as little as $100 for an older dog at the shelter to as much as $600-$1,000 for a show quality dog.
- At XsBaggage Kennel in Amboy, Washington, a male Swedish Vallhund puppy costs $1,000 while a female pup costs $1,200. When a puppy is sold as a pet, it will need to be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. A deposit of $500 is required once a buyer is approved.
- According to Burke’s Backyard, Swedish Vallhund puppies will cost from $500 for a pet to $1,000 for show quality.
- An AKC-registered Swedish Vallhund puppy sold online at PetsofAmerica.us cost $700. The purchase included a health certificate, shot record, and soundness exam provided by a licensed veterinarian.
What is going to be included?
- The Swedish Vallhunds typically reach a height of 12 to 16 inches, weigh between 25 and 35 lbs, and have a lifespan of 13 to 17 years. They often have a Sable pattern, or black-tipped hair, in colors of gray through red and a mix of these colors in a range of shades. They usually have medium-length hair that does not require a lot of hours for grooming, needing only a good weekly brushing. The exception would be during seasonal shedding when daily brushing is recommended. Swedish Vallhunds go through significant shedding for about three weeks going from winter to summer coats. During the rest of the year, the shedding is on a low to moderate level.
- When buying a Swedish Vallhund from a reputable breeder, the following documents are typically provided: a health certificate; pedigree and registration papers; titled champions in the pedigree; certifications on hips, elbows and eyes of the dog’s parents; a guarantee on inheritable health conditions and diseases; and care and grooming guidelines.
What are the extra costs?
- Some of the additional costs in obtaining a Swedish Vallhund are the following: microchipping, veterinary expenses, food costs, general health care, socialization, as well as obedience classes. Getting a microchip implanted by a professional is requires a one-time fee of $45, which includes registration in a pet recovery database. Veterinary costs for a puppy can range from $100 to $300, depending on the health of the puppy and the location. Dog supplies are major expenses and can cost about $1,000 per year. These include dog food, collars, leashes, grooming, toys, beds, to name a few. Obedience classes and training materials, which can cost $25 to $300, are often recommended, the cost of which depends on the materials obtained.
Tips to know:
- Between an adult and a puppy, it may be more practical to obtain a grown-up Swedish Vallhund than a pup. Adult dogs usually have had some form of training and are often less destructive and demanding.
- When acquiring a Swedish Vallhund, make sure to have a good contract with the seller of the dog. The agreement should detail the responsibilities of both the buyer and the seller. It should include a stipulation that the dog should be returned to the breeder in the event that the new owner decides he cannot care for the dog any longer. This is to ensure the safety of the animal.
- When adopting a Swedish Vallhund, be sure to bring it to a veterinarian right away to have the dog checked for health problems, provide a preventive regimen, and avoid health issues, and subsequently, expenses. Also, this will ensure that the health guarantee from the breeder is upheld.
- Begin training as soon as the Swedish Vallhund puppy arrives home. Positive reinforcement training methods should be used to enable the dog to learn fast and respond to kind and consistent training. Obedience classes are also recommended for the first year or two.
- The most common health problem that this particular breed has is spina bifida.
- Because of the nature and personality of this dog, it needs a lot of physical activity. It is best suited in a home that has a fenced in back yard in which it can run and exercise. If not, make sure you take the dog on daily runs or walks.
How can I save money?
- Consider adoption. Dogs obtained through a shelter or rescue can cost as little as $50 to $200. Be sure to adopt a dog from a reputable shelter or rescue organization to be sure of the animal’s health and history.