The Swedish Working Dog Association

The Swedish Working Dog Association (SBK) is an organisation for education and competition for dogs in Sweden. We are responsible for approximately 20 breeds that in Sweden are classified as working dogs. We also educate dogs for The Swedish Army and The Swedish Emergency Management Agency.

The activities within SBK are of great variation and are open for all dog owners. The activities are arranged by the 290 local associations that are spread all over Sweden.

Lots of dogs have a need to work together with people. This need can be fulfilled by letting the dog train to be a dog of duty, through other sorts of training or by competing.

How to train you dog within SBK

All discipline and practice is based on given conditions of the dog and by positive reinforcement. The training is supposed to be joyful for both dog and owner.

Training should be based on general obedience and a good relation between the dog and its owner.

SBK has a well developed educational plan that starts when the dog is a puppy by develop a good relation and cooperation skills with the owner. After that you can choose from a variation of activities that you find interesting or suitable. As good as any dog can be trained - how well is up to the owner.

Activities within SBK

Our local associations offer a variation of activities for you and your dog.

Utility consists obedience trial and special elements. The special elements are based on the different functions working dog had in the past.

  • Tracking is when the dog follows a track of a human.
  • Search is when the dog search through an area to find hidden persons.
  • Messanger dog is when you send the dog on its own, from one person to another. This originate from war time when you sent the dog between military camps with messages.
  • Protection dogs are supposed to defend itself and its owner at an assault. The dog also follows, attacks and guard criminals that are trying to get away.

Obedience is, except for being one element in Utility, also an own trial. It consists of different elements that require teamwork and discipline. There are four classes and the difficulty increases for each class.

Agility is one of our biggest activity. The dog should pass an assault course without any mistakes and in the shortest time. To get a course in Agility the dog must be at least one year and has a general obedience.

There are several activities still to be mentioned; IPO, Freestyle, Rally Obedience, Mondioring and Flyball are some of the activities that are about to grow strong in Sweden.

Voluntary organisation

SBK work on contracts from the government to educate guard dogs for The Swedish Army and rescue dogs for the The Swedish Emergency Management Agency. Our members can educate their dogs to become guard- or rescue dogs at our local associations.

The guard dog is used to guard an area and alert if there are intruders hidden in that area.

The rescue dogs search for buried persons after earthquakes or storms. The work is made under tough conditions and the dog has to handle rough surfaces, heights, smoke, noise and fire. They also search through large areas for missing people.

Breeding responsibility

SBK are responsible for about 20 breeds that in Sweden are working breeds. The task is to breed healthy dogs both mentally and physically and to encourage breeders to follow the breeding programs.

The breeds are: Australian Cattledog, Australian Kelpie, Australian Shepherd, Beauceron, Belgian Shepherd, Berger Blanc Suisse, Black Terrier, Bouvier des Ardennes, Bouvier Des Flandres, Boxer, Briard, Chodský pes, Collie, Dobermann, Dutch Shepherd Dog, German Shepherd, Great Schnauzer, Hovawart, Picard and Rottweiler.


SBK are keen to look after and develop dog´s mentality. A Swedish invention to test mentality is the Mentality Test. The test registers a dog´s reactions in different situations. The test can be made by any dog and is useful for the owner, breeders, buyers and society.


As a foreigner you can be a member in SBK. Contact the head office to sign up.

More information

Find out more about SBK by contact any of our local associations or contact the head office.