How We Became Vallhund Owners (or How
Sophie Acquired Her Staff)
to use it to make our decision. There had been some valls at the
show and we looked them up out of curiousity. Everything about
them fit......long lived, excellent with children, not too big, wash
and wear, smart, loving. This was the dog.
Our old dog, Brandy, had been gone for several years and we were
finally at a point in our lives where we had the time to devote to a
new puppy. We started attending dog shows and talking to
breeders, trying to decide what breed would work for us. We were
checking out the PBGV's at a show and the breeder suggested we get a
copy of Choosing a Dog For Dummies. If you are still trying to
make up your mind, buy this book!!
We found Solborg Swedish Vallhunds in Atascadero, the only breeder in
California, and made an appointment to meet Ivy, Dan, and the pack of
five dogs. We first met with them at a dog show and had a brief
visit. We then spent an afternoon with them when they had a
litter of six puppies. There's nothing like puppy breath! This
was doggy heaven. The dogs all live with the family, no
cages. Definitely the type of people we wanted to get our puppy
from. After that meeting, Ivy agreed to put us on her puppy
list. The following September Maija came through with two girl
puppies. We had fallen in love with Maija and wanted a
female. We were ecstatic.
We had not planned on showing Sophie, just wanted a companion....maybe
do a little obedience, or agility. Ivy's first priority, and
ours, in selecting puppy homes is a good loving home for the
puppies. We decided to try showing and had so much fun with all
the other vallhund owners, we kept it up. We all were showing our
own dogs. Everyone was supportive of each other and we usually
would hang out in one big camp at shows, dogs and owners inside a big
x-pen. This is not what our friends with other breeds
experience. It turned out the Sophie has excellent conformation
(the rating she received at our national specialty). She became a Grand
Champion and is now working on nose work, rally obedience, herding, all
the fun stuff.
You can call us at 510.525.8360
or Email us.
June 6 2014 Sophie got her Bronze Grand Championship by winning BOB over 10 other Vallhunds!
Sophie had a puppy on 8/13/2013 !!!
with a Vallhund
Sophie and Sheep
To see her time with us follow
Her third year.
Sophie's times in the Show Ring.
Our original Sophie Page
Links to other Vallhund Sites