The Swedish Vallhund emigrated to Australia in 1981. Sheila and Dennis Haddon of the renowned Norsled Kennels emigrated to Australia and brought with them two male Swedish Vallhunds, Norsled Foxy and Norsled Balzac. Later two females followed to join them, Mildane Blue Wind and Norsled Maisy. They suffered an unexpected blow to their breeding plans when Balzac, a stunning dog, needed to undergo surgery for kidney stones, vets advised that he was unlikely to live for long Ultimately 'Zac' reached a ripe old age but his health complications seemed to have rendered him sterile. Mrs Haddon was respected as an absolute authority on the breed by those who knew her, having been a foundation breeder in the UK and responsible for the breed introduction into Australia. Sheila and Dennis bred some 15 litters in Australia over a decade and a half. Sheila was very careful where she placed puppies with a preference to those who would show and breed the dogs. Her dedication and commitment the breed saw at one time her having some twenty dogs at home on her premises.
In the late 1980s Margaret and Brian Stevens imported a bitch from Chatka Kennels owned by Peter Erlandsson in Sweden, Chatka Nora with her superb nature joined Norsled Disraeli, alongside two bitches and a dog that they bought from Mrs Haddon and the Bronwylfa Kennels was up and running. Mrs Stevens and Mrs Haddon were regular exhibitors of their dogs at a time when the breed was barely known by anyone in the assembled dog world, let alone the visiting public. One one occasion Margaret was assisting Sheila who was entered into a Royal Show and while benched waiting to go into the ring a large group of ladies bustled passed them and stopped to admire the dogs. One woman asked what kind of dogs they were, and before either Margaret or Sheila were able to answer an 'authoritative' woman in the party loudly explained that they were 'Miniature German Shepherds' When Sheila prompted the woman for further information that lady was unable to explain what had happened to the dogs tails.
The late Leonie Darling
The next significant event occurred in 1998 when Mandy Lees of Leesway Kennels in conjunction with the late Leonie Darling of Dlarah Kennels imported frozen semen into Australia to produce an ai litter. The semen was from another famous red sire, Canadian bred Vastgota Rudolf Valentino. From the frozen semen came a pup Leesway Man About Town the first Swedish Vallhund to carry duel New Zealand and Australian Championship titles.