Danish-Swedish Farmdog

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family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
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Exercise needed:
Space needed:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , , , , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 15-25 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 12-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is also known as Dansk/Svensk Gaardhund, DANSK/SVENSK G�RDHUND or Danish-Swedish Farm dog. Native to Denmark and Sweden, it is an old dog breed that dates back to 17th century although some enthusiasts believe the breed is thousand years old. It is a multipurpose dog that has been used as farm dog to guard farmed animals, people and farm itself from intruders and strangers, as ratter and hunter dog.

It is a lively, friendly and easy going dog that makes a very good watch/guard dog as well as an excellent family pet and companion. Though the dog resembles to Jack Russell Terrier in appearance, it is more closely related to the Pinschers. It is a medium size dog that stands between 12-14 inches and weighs between 15-25 pounds. The head is small and triangular in shape with a broad and slightly rounded skull. Muzzle is well developed and narrowing towards the nose. Medium size eyes have kind and attentive expression. Medium size ears can be rose or button shaped. Strong neck is of medium length and slightly arched. Compact body has short, broad and slightly arched loins, long and deep chest with well sprung ribs and slightly tucked-up belly. The tail could be long, half bobtail or bobtail. This dog has short and smooth coat that is harsh to touch. It comes in white base colour with patches of many different colours.

This dog is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI.


The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a white body with tan, brown, and/or black markings and distinct tan, brown, and/or black markings on the head.


The dog sports a short, smooth and harsh to touch coat.


The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a lively, energetic, friendly and loving dog that bonds strongly with its human family. The dog is very gentle, patient and playful with children and comically amusing for the whole family. It enjoys getting attention and loves to be with his family, making a wonderful and well behaved companion dog. It is a high energy, fast and agile dog that makes excellent ratter and mouser. Though the dog looks similar to a terrier, it has quite an opposite personality. Unlike high strung terriers, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is calm and even-tempered when working and otherwise. It does require lots of physical and mental stimulation as the dog is accustomed to working in open spaces. It is an intelligent breed that learns fast and is easy to train although the dog matures slowly than most other breeds. It can learn lots of tricks and take part in many dog sports that suit its energetic and versatile personality.


Short coat of Danish-Swedish Farmdog needs little grooming. Once a week brushing with rubber brush should be enough for the dog. Bathe when necessary.


Obedient by nature, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is easy to train. The dog is willing to please its master and learn new things although it can be occasionally stubborn due to slow maturity process. The dog will thrive on trainings that are reward based; specially praise and appreciation for the dog.


It is a high energy dog that is bred to be a working breed. It has high energy levels and will need lots of physical activities. Besides being a versatile working breed, the dog can also take part in different dog sports like fly ball, agility, going to ground and earth dog as well as lure coursing. It is best suited in houses with large yard where the dog can run and play as it likes.

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