Denmark has five indigenous dog breeds. One of the breeds,The Danish-Swedish farmdog, is a breed that belongs to Denmark and Sweden.
Denmark are light on the ground when it comes to native dog breeds. Despite that fact, the small number of native dog breeds they do have are striking in appearance, iconic and have gained popularity as pets all over the world.
Danish dog breeds have a long history of working jobs such dog sledding, dog guarding, and hunting. The need for these working dogs have diminished over the years, as hunting and sledding are no longer as popular as they once were. This normally means that the dog breed numbers go down and potentially become extinct.
With these 5 Danish breeds, their popularity has increased over the years due to people wanting them as family dogs. Thankfully these breeds are now safe from extinction and enjoying a new life as loving companions.
The Broholmer is a large, powerful mastiff breed of dog, that has been known since the Middle Ages.
It is also known as the Danish Mastiff and is the national dog of Denmark.
This iconic Scandinavian breed of dog, was once used for hunting bear and boar. Later, it was mostly employed as a guard dog for larger manors and castles. During World War II, the breed’s population drastically decreased, but it made a triumphant comeback in the 1970s.
Today, they make great family pets.
They are very good-natured and calm. They make great companions and are gentle and kind with children.
The breed is watchful and can display a lot of confidence, yet it is typically friendly to newcomers as well.
The Danish-Swedish farmdog is a small, energetic breed that loves to play. They are excellent watchdogs and make great companions.
Prior to its official identification in 1987, the Danish-Swedish Farmdog was known as the Skånsk Terrier (after the southern County of Skne from which it comes).
The Dansk Spids is a small, agile breed that is excellent at agility and obedience trials. They are also very friendly and make great family pets.
In Denmark, the Dansk Spids have likely been around for a long time. Under names like samoyed-spitz, wolf-spitz, and greenland-spitz, it has lived a very quiet and unrecognised life.
Their mentality and behaviour is kind, tolerant and sociable. They love being around people as well as other animals.
It is watchful and rather excitable. It is a caring, committed member of the family who is constantly a joyful playmate for the kids. This breed can be a little wary of new people. It is an unassuming breed that delights in living the good life as a beloved companion dog.
For centuries, the Greenland Dog has been a vital transportation and hunting instrument for the Inuit. It is considered to be one of the world’s oldest dog breeds.
The Greenland Dog is still vital to the North Greenland Inuits to this day. These dogs are essential to the Inuit’s existence, and their care is limited to what is necessary to keep them able to pull their sleighs and sniff for meat.
Only those with extensive canine expertise and who are aware of the breed’s unique demands and personality should consider this breed as a family pet.
Old Danish Pointing Dog
The Old Danish Pointing Dog is a medium-sized breed that was once used for hunting. Today, they make excellent family pets and are often used in agility and obedience trials.
Early in the eighteenth century, local farm dogs and dogs owned by travelling Romani people were crossed to create the sole Scandinavian pointer.
The strong dogs of the romani people, which were presumably crossbred by Spanish pointers, were utilised as pack and draught animals as well as hunting dogs.
They generally have a steady mindset and bold behaviour. It is calm and quiet within the home, kind to kids, and amiable to people and other dogs.
It makes a wonderful family dog thanks to its endearing personality, however ideally with energetic individuals who enjoy spending a lot of time outside.
What Is The Most Popular Danish Breed Of Dog In Denmark?
According to the Danish new dogs registration data, the most popular Danish dog breed in 2021 was the Danish-Swedish farm dog, with 367 registrations.
The most popular dog overall in Denmark for the year 2021 was the Labrador with 3983 new registrations.