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  • Temperament: Energetic, Trainable, Attentive
  • Height: 12.5-14.5 inches
  • Weight: 15-20 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

FCI Standard
Danish-Swedish Farmdog standing outdoors at dusk.
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Danish-Swedish Farmdog standing in a pasture.
Danish-Swedish Farmdog running in lure coursing.
Danish-Swedish Farmdog standing in a field of grasses and flowers.
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Danish-Swedish Farmdog laying down in the grass.
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Danish-Swedish Farmdog standing outdoors.
Danish-Swedish Farmdog standing high on a boulder in the forest.
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Danish-Swedish Farmdog running in shallow water at the beach.
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About the Danish-Swedish Farmdog

This breed entered the American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Services Program (AKC FSS) in 2011. They are eligible to compete in Agility, Barn Hunt, Flyball, Herding, Lure Coursing, Nosework, Obedience and Rally, Tracking and AKC FSS Open Shows.


Club Contact Details

Club: Danish/Swedish Farmdog Club of America, Inc
Name: Dorothy Herman, AKC Liaison

National Breed Clubs and Rescue

Want to connect with other people who love the same breed as much as you do? We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community, thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state, and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country.
Danish-Swedish Farmdog puppy walking outdoors.

Find a Puppy: Danish-Swedish Farmdog

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Generally, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is an easy and thrifty dog to care for. Any good-quality food is recommended. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and extra-large breeds. Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are a small breed and may have a lifespan ranging from 11 to 13 years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.



The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is an easy dog to groom, care for and maintain. Being very low maintenance, the occasional brushing and bath are all that is needed to keep them clean and looking their best. If necessary, their nails can be trimmed with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth can be brushed.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Occasional Bath/Brush




Daily exercise is recommended for proper conditioning. Options for exercise include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, retrieving balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. If you live in an apartment, even short walks in the hallways can give your dog some exercise, especially during inclement weather. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity


Over the years, the DSF has proven to be a healthy breed, free of commonly reoccurring health issues, genetic or otherwise. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Danish-Swedish Farmdog can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.

Recommended Health Tests From Parent Club

  • Hip and Elbow testing for informational purposes


Danish-Swedish Farmdog standing in the yard at dusk.
©FED Wetherbee
Danish Swedish Farmdog
Danish Swedish Farmdog


Until a few decades ago, the small farmer’s dog, originally known as the Danish Pincher, was a natural part of the Danish rural life. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog’s everyday functions were many, including mouser/ratter, livestock herder, hunting dog, watchdog and family companion. As lifestyles have changed, smaller family farms have become rarer and so too has the faithful working Farmdog. Efforts from the Danish and Swedish Kennel Clubs to bring back this breed culminated in 1987 with the first breed standard for the Danish-Swedish Farmdog. In 1998, a DSF was imported to the United States to establish the first official breeding program there. The FCI Standard for the breed was officially published March 26, 2009. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog was recorded in the American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Services in 2011, its first step to its goal of becoming fully recognized by the AKC.

Did You Know?

The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has been assigned the Working Group designation.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog was recognized by the FCI in 2008.
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are all-purpose dogs that work on farms as well as play with kids.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog was recognized in its native countries of Denmark and Sweden as an official breed in 1987.
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs most likely descend from Pinscher-Fox Terrier crosses.
Danish-Swedish Farmdogs accompanied their families to the US from Scandinavia for many years.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since January 2011.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog has been approved to compete in Herding Events since July 1, 2015.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog Club of America a will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Danish-Swedish Farmdog.

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings


Description Standard Colors Registration Code
White & Black Check Mark For Standard Color 202
White & Brown Check Mark For Standard Color 204
White & Fawn Check Mark For Standard Color 207
White & Tan Check Mark For Standard Color 217


Description Standard Markings Registration Code
Tan Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 012
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