Until a few decades ago, the small Farmer's Dog was a natural part of Danish rural life. Its everyday functions were many. This little working dog had many jobs around the farm including: mouser/ratter, livestock herder, hunting dog, watchdog and family companion. The breed was so lively and trainable. It was often utilized in circuses, appearing as the clown's playmate.
In more recent times, farms were closed down and families moved to the cities. The faithful little farmer's dog was suddenly not "grand" enough, and the breed became hard to find. A part of Danish dog culture was in danger of disappearing totally.
The Danish Kennel Club and the Swedish Kennel Club worked together in cooperation to seek out typical breed specimens and save the little farmer's dog from extinction. During the search, it turned out, fortunately, that excellent healthy specimens of this tough old breed still existed.
With its new name, Danish/Swedish Farm Dog, this funny little dog is one of the newest of the national breeds in Denmark and Sweden, although it has been proven that its ancestors go far back in history. Its origins go back to the 1700's where it could be found in Great Britain, Germany and France as well as Denmark and Sweden. Though often mistaken as a terrier, this breed is most closely related to the pinscher family.
Article from "To Live in the Countryside" Author: Journalist Svend Olav Josephsen
Translated into English by: Helene R Pedersen
Information Update …
The American Kennel Club's Foundation Stock Services (AKC/FSS) recognized the breed in 2011.
The American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) has recognized the Danish/Swedish Farmdog since 2001.