Breed-specific Strategy for Danish-Swedish Farmdog
This strategy was produced by the working group consisting of Linda Laikre, Anne Hansen and Agneta Herlitz on behalf of the Breed club for the Danish-Swedish Farmdog, Sweden.
The original version and a "Google Translate" version are provided for educational purposes.
Breed-specific strategy for the Danish-Swedish Farmdog was based upon the research of Linda Laikre, Stockholm University, funded by the Swedish Kennel Club, "Genetic conservation status of three native breeds." The document below is in Swedish.
General Canine Topics of Interest
It's up to breeders to keep their breeds healthy. The documentary below speaks for itself.
Canine Hip Dysplasia -- a complex issue
While is is generally accepted that the Danish-Swedish Farmdog is a very healthy breed without identified breed-specific inherited disorders, DSFUSA supports and promotes appropriate veterinary health screenings for breeding pairs, including hip testing, knee testing, patellar exam and registration with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
Hip dysplasia is a complex disorder and occurs in all breeds of dogs to varying degrees. HD has been identified in varying degrees in the Danish-Swedish Farmdog with rates slightly over 20% (Laikre, 2005). HD may or may not show clinical symptoms. The eight-part series below addresses the issues on both sides of the HD debate amongst breeders. This series will help the reader understand the issue and make educated decisions for themselves.
Eight-part series: Canine Hip Dysplasia
An explanation of OFA hip grading and comparative information regarding other Hip Dysplasia registries can be found on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals website.
Natural bobtails (NB) occur in numerous canine breeds, including the Danish-Swedish Farmdog (DSF). The genetics of the NB varies with breeds. The study below describes the genetics of the NB in the DSF.
Congenital patellar luxation is commonly found in smaller breed dogs. It is an inherited condition. A simple physical veterinary exam can detect this condiiton.
Case Reports involving the Danish-Swedish Farmdog
Below are isolated case reports of various conditions. These conditions are not known to affect the breed, in general. They are provided for educational purposes.
Case: X-linked spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia tarda
Case: Congenital Pelger-Huët anomaly in a Danish/ Swedish Farmdog
Help us stay up to date on breed-specific literature...
If you run across veterinary literature specific to the Danish-Swedish Farmdog, please feel free to share this information with DSFUSA below: