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Danish-Swedish Farm Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 15 - 25 pounds
Height: 12 - 14 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Low

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Things you should know about the Danish-Swedish Farm dog:

This breed is often confused with the Old Danish Chicken Dog, especially outside of Denmark. This is because of an erratic English translation of the Danish names of the dog breeds on the Bruce Fogle’s Encyclopedia of the Dog. In this book, The Danish-Swedish Farm Dog is listed under the name of the Old Danish Chicken Dog. The latter breed was then listed under the name of Old Danish Pointer. The Danish-Swedish Farm dog is an entirely different bred from the Old Danish Chick Dog.

This breed is often classified as a terrier for their similarities with the Fox Terrier dog breed. The Danish-Swedish Farm Dog is not a terrier at all. It is part of the Pinscher dog family.

This breed is officially called the Dansk-Svensk Gaardhund in Denmark and Sweden. Hund is the local word of a dog while Gaard means farm.

Official Name

Danish-Swedish Farm Dog
Other Name – Danish-Swedish Farmdog


Date – 1700s
Country – Denmark and Sweden
Family / Group – Companion, Working


The Danish-Swedish Farm Dog originates in Denmark and Sweden and was first developed during the 1700s. Some dog experts believe that this dog breed already has existed earlier and considered the Danish-Swedish Farm Dog as at least one thousand years old. This particular dog breed was created to be versatile working dogs in the farming region of Denmark and Sweden. They are efficient and impressive as ratters, herding cattle to specific locations and also great companion dogs for the family.

There was a time that this breed was called the Scandinavian Terrier or the Old Danish Fox Terrier. It was named due to the fact that they are not terrier dogs, but are pinschers. Locally, the Danish-Swedish Farm Dog is simply called the Rat Dog.

The Danish-Swedish Farm Dog nearly saw extinction during the ’70s. An effort to save the breed was initiated through a joint effort of the Danish and Swedish Kennel Club which collected the best remaining specimens still alive in both countries. The revival effort was a success, and for the kennel club aptly named it the Danish-Swedish Farm Dog in honor of their collaborative effort to save these hardworking farm dogs.


The Danish Swedish Farm Dogs are intelligent dogs that will be lively, alert and very active when out working. It craves and loves attention but will be very sweet and friendly to everyone. These farm dogs make great family dogs and will be extremely good when around children. These dogs are always ready to play. They are generally good towards other dogs, but the breed’s strong instinct to point and flush the bird, good ratters or hunt small game may pose a problem when around other small pets.

Overall, the Danish Swedish Farm Dog is a versatile and multifaceted farm dog that can herd, hunt, point, flush, guard and also performs in circus acts. But will be very docile and even-tempered when around their family.

Bred For

Danish-Swedish Farm Dog is the jack of all trades in Denmark and Sweden’s farming region. They were bred to be a versatile working dog on farms that can serve as ratters, work as herders and also have as companion dogs.


The Danish Swedish Farm Dog will be a good apartment dog provided that their owners sufficiently meet their exercise needs.. It will do best if they have a fenced


The Danish-Swedish Farm Dog is very easy to groom. it is recommended to have their coats brushed every day. These are dogs that shed hair in little amounts all year round. They are also known to be seasonal heavy shedding dogs.


Danish-Swedish Farm Dog will be easily trained as this multi-talented farm dog are naturally quicker learners and highly obedient.


The Danish-Swedish Farm Dogs are known to be generally healthy working dogs.


The Danish-Swedish Farm dog should be given plenty of exercises to quell their activity levels. It is recommended to give them at least one hour every day to do activities which may include playtime and training sessions. They should also be taken on long walks or jogging every day.



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