Danish-Swedish dogs are very popular in the Scandinavian countries. Although the International Dog Federation recently attracts its attention towards the breed, it has long been known among the inhabitants of the northern part of Denmark, southern Sweden and northern Germany. Farmers are great fans of these dogs, because they perfectly protect the crops from rodents, birds and small animals. The origin of these animals is not known. It is believed that their ancestors were British terriers. In 1987 the breed was officially recognized in Denmark and Sweden. For the moment, these dogs are not so popular outside their homeland, but every year more and more puppies for sale have been purchased in Europe.
Danish-Swedish shepherd is a little dog with a compact and proportionate body. The height varies from 31 to 37 cm and its weight - from 6 to 12 kilograms. The head is small, triangular with an elongated snout, rounded cheekbones and dropping ears. The chest is broad and the limbs have well shaped muscles. The coat is short and glossy, and the coloration occurs in different colors and combinations.
Character and behavior
Representatives of this breed are energetic, friendly, playful, very social and highly attached to their owners. This dog would be a great companion for your family, because he possesses a cheerful and good character. He is friendly, responsive, quickly and imperceptibly will obey any commands. The Danish shepherd is ideal for families with children as he loves to play with kids, and at the same time is calm and stable. Definitely you will never be bored as the Danish shepherd is one of the most entertaining and original puppies.
Training and education
The dogs of the breed are highly intelligent. With their quick mind, they will definitely be easy to train. Your pet will remember even the most difficult commands as long as you have patience and the right approach. Some representatives can be stubborn, but a tasty treat will immediately improve their mood and desire for training. Definitely the most effective way of educating the Danish shepherd is praise and rewards. You have to learn your puppy to focus while you exercise, as his hunting instinct is quite strong sometimes and nothing will stop it to chase a cat or a bird. It is preferable to take your pet away from noisy places and roads, to a location where he will be able to run and expend his energy freely. One of his favorite activities is playing frisbee. Danish-Swedish Farmdog can certainly take a leading position in speed competitions and overcoming obstacles.
The Danish sheepdog has a very strong immunity and overall good health. With proper care your dog can live 17 years or more. You should pay more attention to your pet in his adult years. Eye problems can occur at an older age, which can lead even to blindness. Do not forget to regularly vaccinate your dog against infections and diseases, as well as to take him to the routine checkups at the veterinarian's office.
The average life expectancy of these dogs is around 11-15 years.
Grooming and care
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog can be grown in an apartment or a small house, but he needs frequent and long walks. Puppies are smart and are susceptible to training. Their fur needs should be combed from time to time.
Children and other pets
These beautiful Danish dogs love the company of children and other pets in the family, even behave nice with strangers and guests in the home. They don't love to bark and you will rarely hear their voice.
For many years Danish-Swedish Farmdogs accompanied traveling families from Scandinavia to the USA. The first purebred dog was imported in the US in 1998 to establish the official breeding program in the country.
Some puppies were so funny and lively, that they were often used in circus, as the clown's companions.