A great family pet, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a playful, affectionate, intelligent and active breed of dog. Originally a ratter, this breed also forms excellent watchdog with curious instinct. Although much similar to Jack Russell Terrier in appearance, the personality of this breed differs in many ways. The Danish Swedish Farmdog is much quieter, calm and more polite dog. This breed is not known for dog aggression like Jack Russell Terriers. The dog is best kept in a large house with a fenced yard, however can be adapted in apartment as long as its exercise requirements are met. Leaving them off leashed in public places is not recommended, they must be accompanied with their families. This is the ideal choice for the families with good sense of humor. When unsatisfied, they would be too boisterous, restless and destructive. Eager to learn, this dog demands strong, confident and consistent owner with perfect leadership skills. This sociable breed is good with other canine pets but low tolerance to non-canine while gets along well with children of all ages.
The Danish Swedish Farmdog is a small-sized compact dog, its appearance is much similar to jack Russell Terrier but actually it is not terrier. It is related to Pinschers instead. The build of this dog is sturdy, strong and rectangular in look being longer in length than in height. Its coat is short, smooth, and dense that fits very tight to the body. Its color is mostly white with marking of tan, brown and black. Its ears erect when alert and hang down when in rest. Tail is carried curled over back. Its gait is sharp, lively with hard working demeanor; its overall expression is perky jester, cute and keen dog.
This dog maintained its popularity for centuries in Scandinavia but the name “Danish-Swedish Farmdog", was given in 1987. These dogs are closely related to Pinschers rather Terriers despite bearing similarity in appearance with them. Bred to form a versatile working dog at farmhouses, this breed was tasked to kill rats and other vermin while acting as an alert watchdog at all the time. It also remained a good companion of farmers in the fields as well as in the markets. This dog is mistaken with another name of Danish Chicken Dog which is entirely a separate breed. Farmers interest decreased in little farms which caused reduction in the numbers of this breed, a very few Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are seen in Denmark and Sweden. The breed is adapted primarily as a companion dog nowadays. This breed can also be seen in United States but rare.
This versatile dog is very playful, energetic, affectionate, intelligent, smart and lively but calm, gentle and quiet breed. Its lifestyle is more terrier-like; they are sharp hunter of vermin especially rats. Enthusiastic family pet, this breed thrives when among its peoples; they bond strongly and suffer separation anxiety when isolated for long time. They love to share household activities, play sessions, walks, jogs and running with children. They are eager to learn new things but can be slightly tough to handle for new dog owners; they need strong, confident and committed handler. Trainability is slightly slow because this breed matures late. Owner would face their stubbornness, adolescence, chewing, digging and would suffer more time with them. The key to success of housetrain is patience. With no severe health issues, this breed is generally healthy.
The Danish Swedish Farmdog is excellent with children of all ages; however, young kids should be supervised with dogs as a general rule. Being small dog, they may be teased by young kids by their rowdy and rough play, snatching, pushing etc. When socializing the dog, teach your children the right ways of dog handling too.
The Danish Swedish Farmdog is easy to maintain, occasional brushing its coat to remove dead hairs, dirt, debris and other foreign particles is considered enough. When brushing, examine their ears for any infections. This breed is generally healthy with no serious medical or genetic issues. They are tenacious to remember new things quite sharply; they love toys, food items as reward to their positive achievements. They do not respond to harsh methods of training rather interactive and short-session training is fruitful.
Owner Should Know
Being a vermin hunter and ratter, they are not suited with small rodent and small furry animals like hamsters, squirrels and mice. They would be very good with domestic cats if raised together from very early age.
Danish Swedish Farmdog needs minimum of 30 minutes of extensive physical exertion every day to stay satisfied.
They can be afforded in open farmhouses as well as apartment life.
This breed is generally healthy yet prone to common health issue of hip dysplasia.
The dog is found rare outside its native country.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.