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Danish-Swedish Farmdog

Danish-Swedish Farm Dog

Country of origin:

Domestic dog

Various colours: white and brown, white and black, tricolour

Intelligent, lively, active, friendly, alert

30-39 cm

11-14 kg

10-15 years

Other names:
Danish-Swedish Farmdog, Danish Chicken Dog


Litter size:
From 2-4 puppies

The Danish-Swedish Farm Dog is very alert, active and intelligent. This breed gets along well with both children and adults, is willing to get along with other dogs and does not get into fights. Danish-Swedish Farmer Dogs have a hunting instinct, so it is not recommended to keep these dogs in homes where birds or rodents are kept. This breed requires a fair amount of exercise, otherwise they may find themselves engaging in activities that their owners will not like. The Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog has a tendency to dig holes, which is quite difficult to combat, so it is best to simply allocate a patch of land in the backyard for this activity.

History of the breed

The Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog – is a breed that originated at the beginning of the last millennium. Evidence has been found that these dogs lived in northern France at the beginning of the eleventh century, but how and when the breed was formed is still unknown. The Danish-Swedish Farmer Dogs are morphologically very similar to Jack Russell Terriers and Fox Terriers, but these two dog breeds are much better known than the Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog. For centuries, the latter have assisted farmers by guarding their land and trapping rodents, but by the 20th century, the Danish-Swedish farm dog had almost disappeared. However, the revival of the breed came rather late. In 1980, the Danish Kennel Club started to collect data on the remaining members of the breed (at that time, the current members of the breed were called Danish Pinschers). In 1987, Sweden and Denmark agreed on a name for the Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog breed, as there had been disagreements about which country owned the breed. The first Danish-Swedish Farmer Dogs arrived in America in 1998. In 2007, the International Cynological Federation granted conditional (provisional) recognition to the breed and two years later the FCI published an official breed standard, but the breed is still seeking official recognition.

Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog: appearance

The Danish-Swedish Farmer’s Dog is small: males are 32-39 cm tall at the withers, females 30-37 cm.  the weight of these dogs is usually 11-14 kg. The body of the Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog is rectangular, with a slightly curved waist and rounded loins –. The neck is short, strong and the legs are of medium length. The head is relatively small compared to the body, triangular in shape. Ears are medium-sized, curved. Eyes should be dark, preferably dark brown. The tail is long and not held too high. The coat is short, straight and coarse. The predominant coat colour is always white, with patches of different sizes and colours (black, brownish, tawny, brown).

Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog: character

The Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog is a friendly and affectionate pet that is eager to take part in all the activities of the family. This breed never refuses to play games, during which it enjoys the company of children. While in the past Danish-Swedish Farm Dogs used to work on farms (hunting rats or warning of intruders), today they are excellent companions that can be kept in their own homes or in rather cramped apartments. The most important thing is that the owner has enough time to devote to his pet: a Danish-Swedish Farmer Dog will certainly enjoy long walks, running, playing games or certain dog sports activities.

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