Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Illinois, United States
Posted July 2, 2013
Have you ever looked back at your life and realized just how many amazing moments in time you’ve had? One of those amazing moments in time for me was my time spent with Carley. An up and coming breed here in the US, known as the Danish Swedish Farmdog. When Carley first joined me, I had no idea what breed she was until I did some research. I was lucky enough to find a rescue group of the Danish Swedish Farmdog in NC, where I lived, so I brought her there for evaluation. I was so taken by this “small in stature – larger than life” dog, that I ended up volunteering with the group from time to time. Standing 13-15 inches at the withers, this breed has a short sleek coat, usually black and white like my Carley, but also recognized is the brown and white, or tri-colored markings. The Danish Swedish Farmdog is exactly that, a farm dog… originally known as a hunting dog, a livestock herder, and a watch dog. In today’s society, these dogs are often confused as being a mixed breed dog with something from the terrier group. Very smart and easy to train, this is a wonderful family and companion dog. These dogs were also originally known as rat or mouse dogs, locating and vacating their prey from hidden locations. Today, the Danish Swedish Farmdog Club of America, (DSFCA), holds sanctioned “Farm Hunts”, in many states throughout the country. Not limited to only this breed, owners and their dogs compete in a farm-like maze of bales of hay, logs, and straw, as a team to locate the “rat” and humanely vacate it from the area. These trials are timed and different levels of championships are awarded. With room to run, these dogs will fare well in apartment life, a home with a yard, and of course, on the country farm . The Danish is quite a quiet and composed animal, good with children, and a great watch dog. A lucky rare chance meeting for me, indeed.