General Information

Dog NameDanish-Swedish Farmdog
Other NamesScanian Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
Breed ForAll-round farm dog
Country of OriginDenmark, Sweden

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male8
Max Ideal Weight for male9
Min Ideal Weight for female6
Max Ideal Weight for male9


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentDelightful, Affectionate, Hard-working
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyHigh
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginDenmark and Sweden
Nicknames and Other NamesScanian Terrier,
Dansk-svensk gardshund
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupTerrier Group
Bred ForAll-round farm dog
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC
Life Span10-15 years
Ideal Weight15-25 pounds (male and female)
Ideal HeightMale: 13-15 inches
Female: 12-15 inches
Fur TypeShort, smooth
Common ColorsWhite and Fawn,
White and Brown,
White and Tan,
White and Black
MarkingsTan markings
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBeagle

Danish-Swedish Farmdog is also known as Danish Pinscher which looks like Jack Russell in appearance and also has some similar temperament. They are a big dog in a small body with a high activity level. Danish-Swedish Farmdog exceeds at different dog sports including agility, tracking, and flyball.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog has short, shiny, and smooth in texture. They are small and have an almost rectangular-shaped body. After full body development that takes almost 3 years, they’ll have a wide, deep chest. The head is small, triangular-shaped with powerful jaws and the ears are folded forwards.

Origin and History

The Danish-Swedish Farmdog is originated in Denmark and the southern part of Sweden. This breed was recognized as a breed of Sweden and Denmark in 1987. Before 1987 it was simply called a Ratdog or a Danish Fox Terrier or Scanian Terrier. However, today they are known as Pincher than as Terrier.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog was a part of rural life as a working dog used to herd livestock, hunt rats and mice a few decades ago. While the people moved to cities, these dogs suddenly were disappearing. To save the breed from extinction, the Danish Kennel Club and the Swedish Kennel Club worked together. Danish-Swedish Farmdog became one of the newest national breeds in Denmark and Sweden after they got their new name.

Is Danish-Sweden Farmdog Child-Friendly?

Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a calm, tolerant and affectionate nature which makes them well-suited with children. They are active, playful and entertaining and makes a great playmate for children. Although they are tolerant of children, adults should always supervise them and teach their child how to approach dogs.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog and a Boy posing for Photo

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a lively temperament. They are very active and loves to participate in the day to day household activities. With their expressive personality, they have managed to be adored and loved by anyone who meets them. Danish-Swedish loves to be around his people, therefore leaving him alone for a long time is not a good idea. They can show destructive behavior and also have separation anxiety.

Always eager to play and of a full life, Danish-Swedish Farmdog makes an excellent family pet and also do very well with other dogs and cats. However, they are not to be trusted with pet birds and gunnie pigs as they have a high hunting instinct that leads to chasing and even killing.


Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a trainable dog. They are smart, active and always eager to please their owner, which make training them easier. Training should be short and entertaining to prevent any distraction from them.

They respond well to vocal praises and treats, so include delicious treats and use lots of word praises to keep encouraging them. Be gentle as harsh behavior and force hand can terrify them and they may not b able to focus on learning.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog doing tricks


  • Danish-Swedish Farmdog is an all-purpose dog that herd livestock, hunt small animals and also play and entertain people.
  • Danish-Swedish Farmdog has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2011.
  • It is believed that the Danish-Swedish Farmdog maybe originated from the Pinscher and the British white hunting terrier breeds.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesDental Problem, Patellar Luxation,
Heart Problem, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia,
Hypothyroidism, Diabetes
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow to Average
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 28%
Fat: 10%

Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are generally healthy and are not prone to any serious health problem. Although they are likely to suffer from some canine health problems like other dog breeds. Some of the few diseases that they might face are listed below:

  • Elbow Dysplasia: It is the disease of the elbow of dogs due to the growing problem in elbow joints. It is caused due to the defect in exercise, diet, genetics and so on.
  • Patellar Luxation: This condition is seen commonly on small dogs. This disease affects both knees resulting in discomfort and becoming functionless.
  • Dental Problem
  • Hip Dysplasia

Coats and Colors

Danish-Swedish Farmdog has a short, smooth coat. Due to its short coat, they need only minimal grooming. They come in the following colors:

  • White and Brown
  • Black and White
  • White and Tan
  • White and Fawn with a tan marking


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Danish-Swedish Farmdog Puppy


The average cost of a Danish-Swedish Farmdog puppy is between $600- $800 USD. Like many other dogs, however, adopting is a great idea to save some money and also providing a home for a homeless dog. Adoption cost between $300- $400 with the expenses of taking care of the puppy.


The average height of adult Danish-Swedish Farmdog is 12.5 to 14.5 at the wither. The average weight is 15-25 lbs.

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