The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a very old breed that dates back to about the 1700s. These dogs were also known by other names such as the Rat Dog, Danish Fox Terrier, and Scanian Terrier, although they are more of a pinscher than a terrier. These dogs originated in Denmark and Sweden which is how they got the name they are known as today. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog was often used as a versatile working dog. They would perform many different jobs that included things like catching mice and rats, and herding cattle. They were also popular as family companions and even circus dogs. As farming became more industrialized the need for these dogs waned and the use of these dogs dropped off. Eventually the numbers got so low that these dogs faced extinction. Finally during the 1980s a standard was established and breeder and the Danish and Swedish Kennel Clubs worked together to save the breed and increase their numbers. Today these dogs are mostly a companion breed that remains very popular in Sweden and Denmark, but they are still very rare in the United States. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not officially recognized by the AKC, but they are being recorded in the Foundation Stock Service. The purpose of this service is to keep record and breeder information on rare dogs.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a breed that is often mistaken for a Fox Terrier or a Jack Russell Terrier. They are a somewhat small breed, standing at about 12 to 14 inches tall at the withers. They should weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. They have a compact build and are somewhat rectangular in proportion. The head is small and triangular with a slightly rounded skull. The muzzle is tapering with a well defined stop. The nose is black and the small eyes are almond shaped and dark. The high set ears are rose shaped and folded forward. The tail can be either long or a natural bobtail, and they are never docked since the practice is illegal in most European countries. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a short coat that lies close to the dog’s body and is hard to the touch. The coat usually consists of a white base with either chocolate brown, black, or reddish colored markings, either in a tricolor or bicolor pattern. Grooming this breed is simple and requires only occassional brushing and bathing. This dog sheds lightly year round, but they are heavy seasonal shedders and will require more brushing during this time.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a very active and alert breed. They are also known as being very lively and intelligent, which usually makes them easy to train. They make good companion dogs because they are very friendly and love attention. They are often playful and curious, getting along very well with children. They are also good with other dogs and possibly cats, but they should not be trusted around smaller animals like rabbits and hamsters since their hunting instinct may cause them to hurt the smaller animal. These dogs also have a strong digging instinct and should be well trained so they don’t destroy the yard. Although they are pretty easy to train, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog should begin their obedience training early on. It is important that the owner of this dog not only be a strong and authoritative pack leader, but they should also train the dog in a very firm and consistent manner. This will ensure that the dog is well behaved and obedient. It is also important that these dogs are well socialized while they are still young. This is a process that should involve taking them out to expose them to new people, places, and situations. Socializing the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is usually pretty easy since they are such friendly dogs. This breed also makes good watch dogs since they generally only bark when necessary.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog can live happily in an aparment or other small home as long as they are properly exercised. They like to have a yard to run and play in, but make sure it is safely enclosed. This is a high energy breed that requires a lot of exercise every day. A long walk or jog will help, as well as any jobs the dog is able to perform. They will also enjoy running and playing in an open space, but make sure it is safely enclosed so that they do not take off after small prey.
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have been bred to be relatively healthy. They have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.
Overall the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a breed that not only makes and efficient and high energy working dog, but they are a friendly and playful family companion as well. This is a high energy breed that is best suited to an active family that can make sure they are getting all of the exercise they need to remain happy and healthy.