Danish Swedish Farmdog

15-25 lbs
Sweden & Denmark
Dansk-Svensk Gårdshund, Danish Pinscher, Old Danish Fox Terrier, Scanian Terrier

The Danish Swedish Farmdog is an old breed that has undergone many changes throughout his history. He was extremely popular on farms throughout Denmark and southern Sweden. This small dog is lively and intelligent. He has an expressive personality that endears him to the hearts of many. Expect to give the Danish Swedish Farmdog a job to complete, otherwise he could easily become destructive or simply a nuisance while you are trying to work around the home. Even though he is a somewhat high energy dog, he is also able to lounge around the home once he has completed his tasks for the day. He excels at several different dog sports including agility, lure course, flyball, tracking and nose work. 

All-Around Farm Dog
Date of Origin

Danish Swedish Farmdog Health

Average Size
Male Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Female Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Danish Swedish Farmdog Breed History

Most people outside of Denmark and Sweden did not know anything about the Danish Swedish Farmdog, however, he was extremely popular on farms throughout both countries. He was used as an all-around working dog and wore many hats including herder, hunter, ratter, watchdog and of course, family companion. He is thought to have originated in the 1700s from possible Terriers of unknown origins. However, later, researchers began to wonder if he did not originate from smaller working dogs, such as Pinschers, rather than Terriers. There is very little written documentation about the Danish Swedish Farmdog, making it difficult to trace his exact origins. He faced extinction when farms began closing and more and more people became city dwellers. People did not see a purpose for an all-around farm dog within the city and pure bred Danish Swedish Farmdogs became harder to find. Thankfully, fanciers within the Swedish Kennel Club and Danish Kennel Club began working together in 1987 to keep the breed from becoming extinct. In the process, they were able to find several Danish Swedish Farmdogs that were in excellent health and had no known genetic problems. These two kennel clubs worked diligently to preserve the breed and gave him his official name: Danish Swedish Farmdog. He was given the honor of becoming one the national breeds of both Sweden and Denmark. He can now be found throughout Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France and Great Britain. He is beginning to gain some recognition within North America as well. In 2001, the American Rare Breed Association recognized the Danish Swedish Farmdog and began registering dogs through their association. The American Kennel Club accepted him into its Foundation Stock Service in 2011. There are still too few Danish Swedish Farmdogs registered for him to obtain full American Kennel Club status.

Danish Swedish Farmdog Breed Appearance

Even though the Danish Swedish Farmdog is not a Terrier, he is oftentimes confused with the Fox Terrier or even the Jack Russell because of his size and coat. He is a smaller dog with a well-muscled body. He is compact and does mature late, as do most small dogs. He has short, smooth coat that is harsh to the touch. His coat should lie close to his body and never appear fluffy or long. He is predominantly white with varying sizes of colored patches on his body including black, brown, tan and fawn. He can also have tan markings on his face and feet. His nose can be either black or brown depending on his coloring. His eyes should be a dark brown for dogs with black patches and can be a lighter brown or amber for dogs with lighter colored patches. He has medium sized ears that are either button or rose shaped with the tips lying close to his cheeks. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Danish Swedish Farmdog eyes
amber Danish Swedish Farmdog eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Danish Swedish Farmdog nose
brown Danish Swedish Farmdog nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Danish Swedish Farmdog coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Danish Swedish Farmdog straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Danish Swedish Farmdog Breed Maintenance

Because the Danish Swedish Farmdog has a short, smooth coat he is relatively easy to groom. He should be brushed at least once a month using a soft bristle brush or a slicker brush to remove any dirt or loose hairs. People who are planning on showing their Danish Swedish Farmdog will want to brush him weekly to ensure his coat remains shiny and show ready. Even though he has a short coat, he will still shed some throughout the year. He does shed heavily seasonally; therefore, expect to brush him more often during this time, usually one to two times per year. He is not hypoallergenic and people with allergies should not consider him for their family companion. The Danish Swedish Farmdog has virtually no smell. He only needs bathed twice a year or whenever he gets into something unpleasant. Use a mild shampoo when bathing him. Check his nails every few weeks and trim them when needed. His ears should be cleaned weekly or at the very least checked to make sure no dirt has accumulated. 

Brushes for Danish Swedish Farmdog
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Danish Swedish Farmdog requires monthly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Danish Swedish Farmdog Temperament

The Danish Swedish Farmdog is a lively and intelligent dog. He is very active and requires a lot of physical exercise and mental stimulation to keep him happy and well-adjusted to his home. He lives to perform tasks and makes an excellent companion when he has a specific job to do. This can be anything from fetching the newspaper and slippers to picking up his toys. He excels at therapy work because he is such a lover of people. The Danish Swedish Farmdog does excellent with children and is content to play for hours with children. He does have a high prey drive; therefore, keep all small pets such as hamsters, rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs safely contained when he is around. He may also harm pet snakes if they get out of their cage. He will generally do well with cats that he has been raised with, but should be closely monitored if a new kitten is brought into the home. The Danish Swedish Farmdog is very easy to train and wants nothing more than to please you.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Danish Swedish Farmdog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.8 cups
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Danish Swedish Farmdog Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Female Danish Swedish Farmdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 16 lbs

Danish Swedish Farmdog Owner Experiences

1 Month
The Danish–Swedish Farmdog is a very friendly, easygoing breed. Not only does it work on farms as a rat extinguisher and alerting to intruders, but it is also a companion to adults, and is known to befriend and play with the children of the household. The Danish–Swedish Farmdog is unlike a terrier - even though it is often mistaken as one - it is very mild and gentle in temper. Unlike the high-strung nature of the terrier, the nature of the DSF allows it to do its job, as well as be calm and loving during times without work. This makes it an ideal house companion.
1 year, 5 months ago
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