Danish-Swedish Farmdog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Danish-Swedish Farmdog so you can get to know the breed more.

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Origin Denmark flag Denmark Sweden flag Sweden
Other Names
What other names does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog have?
Dansk-svensk gårdshund Scanian Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Danish-Swedish Farmdog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Danish-Swedish Farmdog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Danish-Swedish Farmdog gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Danish-Swedish Farmdog?
Average: The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog weigh? Danish-Swedish Farmdog weight:
15-25 pounds (7-12 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Danish-Swedish Farmdog? Danish-Swedish Farmdog average weight:
20 pounds (9.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Danish-Swedish Farmdog? Danish-Swedish Farmdog height:
Male: 13–15 inches (32–39 cm), Female: 12–15 inches (30–37 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Danish-Swedish Farmdog average height:
Male: 13–15 inches (32–39 cm), Female: 12–15 inches (30–37 cm)

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Shiny Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Danish-Swedish Farmdog's coat?
White Brown Black
Grooming
How to groom the Danish-Swedish Farmdog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Danish-Swedish Farmdog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dansk-svensk gårdshund?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Danish-Swedish Farmdog every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Alert Intelligent Attentive Lively
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Danish-Swedish Farmdog? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Danish-Swedish Farmdog sensitivity:
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dansk-svensk gårdshund need? Danish-Swedish Farmdog social needs:
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dansk-svensk gårdshund bark?
Average to High: The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Danish-Swedish Farmdog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Danish-Swedish Farmdog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Danish-Swedish Farmdog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Danish-Swedish Farmdog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dansk-svensk gårdshund? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Danish-Swedish Farmdog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Danish-Swedish Farmdog bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog do?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Danish-Swedish Farmdogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Danish-Swedish Farmdog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Danish-Swedish Farmdog roam?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Danish-Swedish Farmdog have high prey drive?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Danish-Swedish Farmdog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Danish-Swedish Farmdog temperament with other people:
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs get along with other pets? Are Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Danish-Swedish Farmdog temperament with children:
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Danish-Swedish Farmdog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Danish-Swedish Farmdogs good office dogs? Do Danish-Swedish Farmdogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Danish-Swedish Farmdogs be office dogs?
No
Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dansk-svensk gårdshund temperament with senior people? Are Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs good for elderly owners?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed? Most common health risks of Danish-Swedish Farmdog:
Dental Problems Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Danish-Swedish Farmdog see the vet?
Frequent
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Danish-Swedish Farmdog be? What is the age limit of the Danish-Swedish Farmdog? How many years can the oldest Danish-Swedish Farmdog live?
9-15 years
The average lifespan of Danish-Swedish Farmdog: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog have? What is the activity level of the Danish-Swedish Farmdog?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs require per day?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Danish-Swedish Farmdog risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Danish-Swedish Farmdog's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Danish-Swedish Farmdog drool?
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Danish-Swedish Farmdog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Danish-Swedish Farmdog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Danish-Swedish Farmdog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Danish-Swedish Farmdog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Danish-Swedish Farmdog be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Danish-Swedish Farmdog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Danish-Swedish Farmdog be a boat dog?

Not really

Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Danish-Swedish Farmdog be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Danish-Swedish Farmdog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Danish-Swedish Farmdog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Danish-Swedish Farmdog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Danish-Swedish Farmdog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Danish-Swedish Farmdog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed?
American Canine Registry American Rare Breed Association America's Pet Registry Federation Cynologique Internationale Foundation Stock Service North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Danish-Swedish Farmdog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Danish-Swedish Farmdogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Danish-Swedish Farmdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog History

Farmdogs are devoted to their owners and make wonderful companions. They require activity and can be tenacious in their chase of the elusive mouse, snake, bird, leaf, or grasshopper, but they also possess that all-important "off button" and will take a nap after their task is through! When they are introduced into the family as a puppy, they can be and do practically anything with the correct training and family life.

They are commonly mistaken for terriers, however, their shape is more rectangular and their structure is more angulated than most terrier breeds. And also as was discussed previously, they have an “off button” and tend to rest way more than most terriers.

The Danish-Swedish Farmdog was developed from Pinschers or terriers and dates back to the early 1700s, if not earlier. It's impossible to pinpoint their specific origins and ancestors due to a lack of knowledge.

The breed's name accurately describes its origins: these canines are from eastern Denmark and southern Sweden.

The little farmer's dog, formerly known as the Danish Pincher, was a natural part of Danish rural life until a few decades ago. The daily functions of the Danish-Swedish Farmdog were mouser/ratter, cattle herder, hunting dog, watchdog, and family companion. Smaller family farms, as well as the devoted working Farmdog, have become rarer as people's lifestyles have changed.

The Danish and Swedish Kennel Clubs' efforts to resurrect the breed culminated in the first breed standard for the Danish-Swedish Farmdog being established in 1987. A DSF was introduced to the United States in 1998 to start the country's first official breeding program. On March 26, 2009, the FCI Standard for the breed was officially released.

The breed was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) also in 2009, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) began keeping records in 2011.

The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is officially recognized by the following groups:

ACR - American Canine Registry

AKC/FSS - American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service® Program

APRI - American Pet Registry, Inc.

ARBA - American Rare Breed Association

DRA - Dog Registry of America, Inc.

DSFCA - Danish/Swedish Farmdog Club of America

FCI - Fédération Cynologique Internationale

NAPR - North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

NKU - Nordic Kennel Union

Some interesting facts about the breed:

Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are very good flyball players. Flyball is a canine sport in which teams of dogs compete against each other from the start to the finish line, over a series of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball for the dog to catch when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, and then back to their handlers while carrying the tennis ball.

They are one of the most sought-after height dogs on Flyball teams due to their intense attention and drive. In both the NAFA and the U-FLI Leagues, Danish-Swedish Farmdogs have the most titles.

They are not just good at flyball, they are also a frequent participant in Lure Coursings. The activity of lure coursing involves a dog chasing a motorized bait. The game is played on a "course," which is a level expanse of ground with or without obstacles. Farmdogs started competing in Lure Coursing at the Wags for Wishes tournaments in Southern California in 2004 and proved themselves quite good at it.

There is another field they are prominent in, which is Scent Work. Dog detection is known as nose work. It's also known as scent work, Fun K9, and search work. It's when a dog uses its nose to track down a certain scent or odor. Dogs are trained in a similar manner for search and rescue (SAR) and security drug and explosive detection.

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  • Tim

    Dec 9, 2019, 9:56:52 AM: