This compact herding dog, known for its fearless and adventurous spirit was once called the “Viking Dog”, as that was with who it originally kept company! Although believed to have originated over a 1000 years ago, this heritage breed was almost extinct by 1942. Fortunately the breed was resurrected with the help of a concerned Swedish baron. The breed has a long body, and is somewhat similar in form to Corgis, to whom they are related. Their tails can be naturally absent, bob, or full curl. Their double coat it easy to groom and their lively, jocular personalities make them great family companions as long they can engage in activities that engage their intelligence and natural herding instincts.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.