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Visigothic Spitz or Swedish Shepherd

Also called Swedish Shepherd Dog, Swedish Vallhund or West Gothic Dog, the Visigothic Spitz is an authentic Swedish breed specialized in herding. It ensures this mission with brilliance thanks to its courage and its vivacity. It is also a clean, intelligent and affectionate pet for its owners.

Characteristics of the Visigoth Spitz

The Visigoth Spitz is a vigorous dog that is admired for its energy and liveliness. It is low on legs and measures 33 cm if it is a male and 31 cm if it is a female. The weight goes from 9 to 14 kg according to the sex and the age. This breed is recognizable by its long and well designed head. The skull is almost flat and has a correctly accentuated stop. The muzzle is shorter than the skull, the nose is of a very intense black and the jaws reveal regular and well developed teeth. The Visigothic Spitz expresses a beautiful dark brown look through its oval-shaped eyes of medium size. The ears are also of medium size and are well erect and pointed. The set should not be excessively low. Another element that distinguishes the Spitz from the Visigoths is its tail, which can be naturally short or long. As for the coat, it is of medium length and must be tight, hard and waterproof. The coat can be grayish brown, gray, reddish brown or yellow. Depending on the part of the body, the coat is lighter or darker.

History of the Visigothic Spitz breed

So far, it is relatively complicated to determine the exact origins of the Visigothic Spitz. The history refers to it as a native Swedish breed, while it is related to the Welsh Corgi, which is of English origin. One theory is that the Vikings imported the breed from England to Sweden. The recognition and registration of the Visigoth Spitz as a Swedish breed was initiated by Count Björn von Rosen who discovered the breed in the 1940s. He was the initiator of the first serious breeding programs.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Visigothic Spitz

The Visigothic Spitz has many qualities, making it a pleasant pet. It is friendly, clever, docile, intelligent and bright. It can get along very well with children for whom it will become a great playmate. This breed has the advantage of not barking too much, which avoids disturbing the neighbors. On the other hand, because of its origins as a herding dog, it needs regular exercise and physical stimulation. A sedentary life in an apartment is clearly not for him. As he is energetic and enduring, he can very well participate in dog activities such as obedience, agility or treibball.

Diet and major health problems of the Visigoth Spitz

Since Swedish breeders prohibit inbreeding, the Visigoth Spitz is spared from genetic diseases. It is a robust and strong dog with a life expectancy of 12 and 13 years.