Swedish Dog Breeds

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Swedish Dog Breeds

Sweden: a land of beautiful beaches, lush forests, and at least 10 different dog breeds! Sweden can boast several different dog breeds, from farm dogs to hunters and beloved companion animals.

As the name suggests, this breed started out in Denmark and southern Sweden, but soon became popular all over Scandinavia.  This medium-sized dog is compact, with a small triangular head. The coat is predominately white, with a few coloured patches. The tail varies in length, and may be any length between full or bobbed. The Danish-Swedish Farm dog is easy-going and loving, which makes it both a brilliant pet and excellent working dog. They are great at ratting, and their agility makes them suited for canine sports such as agility, fly-ball, and coursing.

This short-legged dog was, believe it or not, bred to hunt deer! This short-haired dog has a long body and short little legs, with floppy ears and a long tail. The Drever was used for hunting roe deer, but could also hunt red deer, foxes, and hares. This small hound is very healthy and hardy. Unfortunately the breed has not gained much international recognition, though the Drever is recognised by the CKC and UKC.

Called the Hälleforshund in Swedish, the Hällefors Elkhound is descended from ancient wolf-dog hybrids found in northern Scandinavia. This Spitz-type dog was developed in Svealand, but despite its name, the breed did not originate in Hällefors. The breed actually began in Frederiksborg village. They were used for hunting deer. Despite the breed’s ancient ancestors, the Hälleforshund was only recognised by the Swedish Kennel Club in 2000.

Named for Count Adolf Hamilton, founder of the Swedish Kennel Club, the Hamiltonstövare is descended from the English Foxhound, the Harrier, and several German hounds. Also called the Swedish Foxhound or Hamilton Hound, Hamiltonstövares have a distinctive white blaze on the head, white continues down the neck. They also have four white paws, and a white-tipped tail, and the rest of the coat is black and brown. Although similar in appearance to the English Foxhound, the Hamiltonstövare has a comparatively lighter build.

These dogs tend to be sweet natured and diligent in the hunting field, but make equally good pets. They have independent spirits, and may sometimes do as they wish rather than listen to their owners!

Descended from ancient wolf-dog hybrids, the Jämthund is a born hunter, and one of the few dog breeds that will not back away from a bear. Also known as the Swedish Elkhound or Moosehound, this dog has a curly tail and a wolfish appearance, and is of a medium to large size. Affectionate with family and a quick learner, the Jämthund needs plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and grooming,but will reward its humans with its courage and affection.

This Spitz-type dog is a popular pet, but was actually bred for farm work and hunting. This breed’s forebears could tackle prey as large as a moose, but the Norrbottenspets more commonly kept for hunting game birds, squirrels, and foxes. The Norrbottenspets became very rare after the First World War, but enthusiasts were able to save the breed. The Norrbottenspets is a small and lightly built dog, with a dense double coat that is mostly white, with some reddish markings.

Called the Schiller Hound in English, this scent hound was bred in the late 19th century for hunting hares and foxes. These black and tan hounds are still used for hunting today, and are on the whole very healthy, hardy animals.

The Smaland Hound is one of Sweden’s oldest breeds. This black and tan breed is very rare, even in Sweden where only around 60 puppies are registered annually. Originating in Southern Sweden, the Smaland Hound is descended from Spitz-type dogs and imported hounds, and was bred to hunt. This intelligent, energetic breed is a very skilled hunter, and has been used to hunt everything from squirrels to moose.

This Spitz-type dog’s ancestors guarded and herded the Sami people’s reindeer, but was also an excellent hunting dog. The modern Swedish Lapphund is a very versatile breed. These beautiful dogs make great pets, but can turn their paw to just about anything: herding, farm work, hunting, canine agility, tracking, and more!

“Vallhund” means herding dog in Swedish, and indeed, this dog was bred to herd sheep and cattle. The breed came very close to extinction in the 1940s but was fortunately preserved and revived. These dogs are small but sturdy, with a wedge-shaped head and upright ears. Interestingly, Vallhund pups may be born with a normal tail, a bobbed tail, or no tail at all.

  • Sadly extinct

The Dalbo dog was a Molosser type of dog that was used to protect livestock from wild predators, such as wolves and bears. They were large and courageous dogs, with long furry coats to protect them from the elements.

The breed went extinct around 1870, though it was never particularly common throughout Sweden. The death of the Dalbo can be linked to the near extinction of wolves and bears in Sweden in the late 19th century. The lack of wild predators meant that the Dalbo was out of a job, and many people considered them too large and expensive to keep. Rabies and famine may also have contributed to the extinction of the Dalbo.

Today, there have been some attempts to reconstruct the Dalbo breed. There have been some promising results, though as yet a breed standard has not been given.


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  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

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  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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