Danish-Swedish Farmdog FCI Standard
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog was a general worker on small family farms. This little fearless dog was trusted with herding large cattle. It guarded the chicken coups from foxes and other predators and effectively coped with such household vermin as rats and mice. Thanks to its keen intellect and learning ability it also attained certain recognition as a circus dog. For example, in the 20s of the XX century it participated in circus performances of the biggest stationary and travelling circus in Denmark, named the Circus Benneweis. But it remained first and foremost the beloved member of the farmer’s family and craved to spend all its spare time in its company.
With time under the pressure of the enlargement of the farming industry small family farms appeared to be unprofitable and the vast majority of formed farmers and their families moved to towns. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog predominant role of the farmer’s assistant was no longer urgent. This fact led to dramatic drop in population of the breed so the threat of its eventual disappearance was quite real at that time. Some of its fanciers believe that interest to the breed was revived by the translation of the Danish TV series in the late 70s and early 80s of the XX century, named «Matador» featuring the Danish-Swedish Farmdog.
In 1985 the Danish and the Swedish Kennel Clubs united their efforts to find remaining pure-bred specimens and finally launched systematic breeding programs. In 1987 their work was rewarded and the breed was officially recognised under its present name. In 2009 the Danish-Swedish Farmdog was given complete recognition of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). In 2011 the breed was also acknowledged by the AKC Foundation Stock Service.
Nowadays majority of its specimens serve as human companions but this dog is quite capable of applying its multiple talents in various dog sports, including tracking, Frisbee, swimming, herding, hunting and many others.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is well-known for its friendliness but it tends to be reserved and aloof by the first meeting with an unfamiliar person. The breed behaves politely and mannerly with people it knows but it’s always happy to make a new human acquaintance. It’s vigilant enough to make a decent watchdog without the highly undesirable tendency to constant barking. At the same time it’s too small and amiable to be turned into a good guard dog.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is noted for its communicability and usually likes to spend its time in the group of other dogs. It will be glad to have one or several canine housemates to play with. On the whole the breed behaves well in the presence of strange dogs although its socialisation in this respect should begin as early as possible. It retains much of its hunting instincts intact and therefore can’t be trusted with other small pets. This dog will accept a household cat as a part of its family if they have lived together since its puppyhood.
• canine hip dysplasia.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog loses its hair in small portions all the year around and sheds most of its coat once a year. During shedding period its owner should brush the dogs’ daily with a rubber brush in order to decrease the amount of hair in the house.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog will never tolerate rough-housing and responds to it with disobedience and even aggression. Its training should begin in its puppyhood and the dog should be motivated exclusively with verbal praise and plentiful of food incentives.
Don’t be duped with a moderate size of this breed since a discontent or bored specimen can bring major destruction to your possession. At the very least the Danish-Swedish Farmdog should be taken on the lengthy and vigorous daily walk during which it will be able to socialise with other canines or run and play off leashed in a safely enclosed area.