Dreaming of a Danish/Swedish Farmdog

Danish Swedish Farmdog
Danish Swedish Farmdog

Yup, I am. Dreaming of a Danish/Swedish Farmdog. Also known as the Dansk-Svensk-Gardhund in German. And earlier this week it occurred to me that maybe I should buy one from Germany… since I have relatives there. Not only that, I have a cousin who is a vet!  I sent my Dad an email to see if I can get in touch with her and ask her about Farmdogs in Germany, and maybe she can help me find a really good breeder.

I’ve been reading about the Farmdogs a bit. This picture is one I found on Flickr, and this dog’s name is Bastian.  I do hope it’s okay I have posted a picture of him here. I commented on the Flickr account and asked.  Bastian is such a handsome boy!

The Farmdogs are a little bit straight for my liking, though.  But I love their size. They resemble the Jack Russel Terrier but I found this site (translated by Google) talking about how they are quite different than the JRT in personality:

First, we are not a terrier. If we have a group, then we are in the close Pinscher to compare. Just like the Jack Russell, have Svensk-Dansk-Gardhunde much Pep and are very intelligent. But there is something which distinguishes these two breeds, although the exterior cute little apart from each other. The occupation of the lap dog fills Russel not as passionate as the Danski, he is not so patiently with his owners and error is small in terms of dog attitude not as unforgivable as the Danski away.

Differences of Farmdogs and Jack Russel Terriers Link.

He is for each activity with enthusiasm, with every action keeps loose with. His temperament is very good but when times curb and a walk shorter or the movement needs to be saved, then he takes it out uncomplainingly.

So basically, these Farmdogs look like JRTs but are not as stubborn as terriers! Which is something that would be ideal for me! JRTs are kinda nice.. but I really would rather stay away from terriers. 🙂

So.. maybe I’ll get one, maybe not.  I do want a little short haired dog that is not a terrier.  Got any ideas of breeds like that?   🙂 I also don’t want a long backed dog like a corgi or a dachshund. And I’d like a dog that has the stamina for flyball, agility, and the smarts for obedience too!  And that loves positive reinforcement, of course!

9 thoughts on “Dreaming of a Danish/Swedish Farmdog”

  1. Jack Russell Terrier’s are not a dog for most people. They can be a real hand full. Although small in size, usually under 25 lbs, it’s all muscle, and mine can literally “walk” me. Very high energy, they require a lot of attention, but if trained right are an amazing dog. (As I type this mine is curled up in my lap.) But they also have s bit of a temper, and aren’t afraid to challenge dogs twice or more their size. They also like to run, and are amazingly fast, but are very quick learners.

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    1. Yeah… that’s why I don’t really want a Jack. 🙂 I prefer the Danish Swedish Farmdog. The picture I posted may look like a JRT, but it’s not one!

  2. Those little dogs have so much energy and spunk, they are super cute too!

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  3. I was going to say that it looks just a jack russel bug then I read further. Are you sure it is not the same breed but just trained/brought up differently in different countries?

    1. Comment to Paulette;
      NO, this breed, Dansk-Svensk Gårdshund or Danish-Swedish Farmdog, IS NOT THE SAME BREED as JR! And the differens in breed is not because they are brought up different! The DSG has a long, long history in the Danish and the Swedish culture as a farm dog. They had duties as f i guarding the farm and their people/animals on the farm against strangers, keeping an eye on their children and animals, as a ratkiller, and also used in hunting.
      The mentality is also very different from a terrier breed as JR – DSG is softer and milder in temperament, it is an active dog but they can easily relax in a calm state of mind. There are other significant breed differencies to btw the DSG and the JR.

    2. Hi Paulette! As Proud Ebba said too… the Danish Swedish Farmdog is not the same as the Jack Russell Terrier. You can kinda compare the difference to how the Shetland Sheepdog and the Collie are completely separate breeds. They might look a lot alike, but their histories are very different, as well as their personalities!

      The more Farmdogs I look at, the more differences I see in how the JRT and the Farmdogs look too. And I really don’t want a JRT… I don’t like the personality all that much. But I do want a Farmdog!

      1. Thanks for answering folks.
        I am in Australia at the moment, maybe if you are after a farm dog you can try an Australian Kelpie – they are an extremely clever dog. and pretty too. Or an Australian Cattle Dog (bluey).

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  4. Hmmm. Not a clue about small dogs. The other dog I’ve always wanted (I have NO idea why), is an Ibizan Hound. I do not like the wire-coat version. (I do not like ANY wire-coated dogs). I like the smooth coated version. I think they’re like adorable little dorky fairies. All elegant and regal looking, but complete nerds, and so light and dainty on their feet, bouncing all around… I think my pack would definitely look strange with all herding dogs, and a Beezer mixed in. But I do adore them… Once I satisfy my Sheltie craving, I might go for a Beezer. Never seen one in competitive agility. Supposedly because their sighthound instincts are so keen that they can’t really be trusted off lead in an open area… But hey, I’ve got Border Collies, and I like a challenge… Sounds like it’s right up my alley! 🙂 – here’s a link to a really cute page of Bunny, one of the most famous Beezers to date!)

  5. Great info! People always look at Minne and say “that’s a Jack Russell Terrier!”. I have to explain the difference between the two breeds. Do you mind if I pass this link on to others, possibly on my website? *Hugs* from Canada 🙂

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