Danish/Swedish Farmdog Club of America, Inc
FUZZY BUTTS, GIGGLES and TAILS
In this Issue:
Looking Back at 2014
Annual Meeting Teleconference
Was held on November 16, 2014 and was well attended. Robert’s Rules of Order generally adhered to, but we had a lively conversation about our club and how it fits into breed recognition in the US with AKC.
The day of the annual meeting marked a change in presidency for the club. There have been other changes recently in the composition of the Board of Directors for the DSFCA.
K9 Nose Work
Little Denmark's Sioux Stub Butt (Suzy) earned her Nose Work II Title in Dallas, OR on May 27th, 2014. She finished 1st place over all with a “Pronounced” (i.e. exceptional teamwork).
Flora's Lady Eva Annelise (Anna) earned her Nose Work II Title in Vista, CA on June 28th, 2014. She finished 2nd place over all with “Pronounced” (i.e. exceptional teamwork) She finished 2nd in Interior.
Little Denmark’s Cheyenne (Scout) earned her Nose Work II Title in Hayward, CA. on October 12th, 2014. She finished 4th place over all.
Flora’s Make a Joyfull Noise (Tabatha) earned her Nose Work II in Glendale, Arizona on December 14th, 2014.
U-FLI (United Flyball League International)
Flora's Lady Eva Annelise "Anna" earned U-FLI’s Highest level pin on May 25th, 2014 a couple of months before she passed away. It is the Top Flight Ultimate Level 3 (TFU-III) 97,000 points. Anna is ranked U-FLI’s all time highest titled dog. She has held this honor since 2005.
Flora's Cool Hand Luke earned his Top Flight Extreme pin (54,500 points) October 5th, 2014. Luke is ranked as U-FLI’s 17th all time highest titled dog.
In 2014 Crow’s Point August began to compete in Flyball and on October 5th, 2014 earned his 1st UFLI pin (Top Flight).
NAFA (North American Flyball Association)
Matilde’s Nellie has achieved the NAFA Hobbes Plaque (100,000 points) This is the highest Title in NAFA. Nellie leads the pack of Farmdogs with 114,114 points in NAFA and has been named the Most Valuable Player for the NAFA region 16.
Flora’s Make a Joyful Noise Tabatha has achieved the NAFA ONYX title (20,000 points).
Crow’s Point August earned his 1st two NAFA titles Flyball Dog (FD) & Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX)
Flora's Lady Eva Annelise
August 20, 2003 - August 18, 2014
K9 Nose Work - is a bonding experience like no other. The joy of working as a team with Anna was an amazing experience. She loved doing what was her natural instinct; it stimulated her mind and was very rewarding for both of us. The enormous bond between the two of us was unmatched and a huge benefit to us both
The picture above was Anna's last and most rewarding "Alert" of her short little life.
Flyball - Anna was probably best known for her Flyball achievements. Anna has been the U-FLI® highest titled dog continuously since July 10, 2005. She holds the record for being the first dog to achieve every title pin and milestone plaque in U-FLI®. She passed away before achieving the Final Milestone plaque, Top Flight Elite (100,000 points). She was only 2,795 points away. Her brother Luke ran in Anna's place on the team and when he completed the remaining points in November, the team cellebrated in Anna's honor. This was not an official title, however, the celebration was a tear filled joyous moment as tribute to Anna.
Anna's Flyball talents were written up in several Dog Magazines. Dog Fancy, BARk Magazine, The Whole Dog Journal and a few local Newspapers.
You can read the Articles here.
What is Ahead for 2015
2014-2016 Board of Directors
Why 2015 Needs to be the Year of FSS Registration
Foundation Stock Services (FSS) is a pedigree issuing and collecting arm of the American Kennel Club (AKC). The AKC is the largest, most renown, purebred dog association in the United States but not without controversy surrounding its methods and effects on a breed. A breed being “recognized” by AKC, however, confers undeniable legitimacy in this country and internationally.
When the Danish Swedish Farmdog Club of America (DSFCA) was established in 2003, there were less than 15 known farmdogs in the United States. Also in 2003, this breed was not an internationally accepted breed, even in its countries of origin. We relied on pedigrees from kennel clubs in Denmark and Sweden who recognized it to confer pedigree for our dogs. A short time later, these parent clubs also accepted pedigrees through American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) for US born dogs. ARBA gave us a place to do confirmation with our dogs and receive titles. They generously allowed us to bring in international expert judges to their events to evaluate our dogs.
When the Federacion Cynologique Internacionale (FCI) gave Danish Swedish Farmdogs provisional acceptance as a distinct breed in 2008, farmdogs in the United States were eligible to start the process that will eventually make Danish/Swedish Farmdogs an AKC breed. The process means that 150 three-generation pedigrees (photos, applications and fees) need to be submitted and approved by the FSS. The FSS has less than 30 at this time. This process takes a while for all breeds. One thing to consider is that this process is already underway and bound to be eventually completed.
Once the 150 have been received, the Danish Swedish Farmdog becomes a miscellaneous breed in the AKC and the process of AKC qualifying one US DSF breed club begins. Only one is accepted as the official breed club for the purposes of the AKC. There are many requirements for a group to be The Club. Completing it together will be a challenge, but a great deal of fun, as well.
Any DSF owner can participate in this registration of dogs. The dogs do not have to be intact or have gone to a confirmation shows. They just need to have an accepted international or ARBA pedigree. This registration needs to be done by the dog's current owner. Once a dog is FSS registered, that dog can participate in AKC and United Kennel Club athletic events. Individual registration also allows intact dogs to participate in All-Breed AKC confirmation.
DSFCA has made a great link on our website that supplies the form, information and an offer to crop your dog photos to the right size. Groups of 5 applications together get a $15 per entry discount ($20. Instead of $35).
FSS Registration Link
Farmdog Fun Day
Back Row: Wrigley, Nellie, Tigger, Tabatha, Cheyenne, August
Front Row: Salty Dog, Dakota, Ansel, Fiona, Vindaloo, Jack, Luke, Cooper and Sequoia.
Southern California Farmdog Meet the Breed event
March 29, 2015
Organizer: Jan Harmon
Fifteen Farmdogs defended upon the Sunday shoppers at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. It was quite a show stopper. Many people stopped to ask us about the breed. While we were lined up for a photo op we could see several on-lookers from within the outdoor restaurant taking our picture with their cell phones. The only thing missing was a dance routine because we invaded the mall like a flash mob.
From left to right: Ansel, Sequoia, Wrigley, Salty Dog, Vindaloo, Fiona, Dakota, Jack, Tabatha, Cheyenne, August, Tigger, Nellie, Cooper and Luke.
The Frozen Litter
DANASA'S My Kelley's Stitch in Time, "Kelly" / Gonzo's Folmer, "Vago"
Born October 17, 2014
DANASA’s Princess Anna, "Harlie"
DANASA’s Princess Anna, Now known as Harlie Lives in Lone Tree, CO"
DANASA’s Princess Anna, "Harlie" has a very active two-leg family that loves to boat and ski.
DANASA’s Queen Elsa, "Elsa"
DANASA’s Queen Elsa, who continues to stayed with her mother and makes life joyful for her humans
DANASA’s Queen Elsa, lives with her Grandpa Tukko, Mamma Kelley, Half-Sister Persephone in Lincoln NE
DANASA’s Kristoff the Hero, "Soren"
DANASA’s Kristoff the Hero, Now known as Soren lives in Kennesaw, GA with a family of 4
DANASA’s Kristoff the Hero, "Soren" with his half-brother DANASA’s ACHILLES, better known as Nero
DANASA’s Olaf the Snowman, "Stig"
DANASA’s Olaf the Snowman, now known as Stig lives in Minneapolis, MN
DANASA’s Olaf the Snowman, "Stig"
DANASA’s Sven the Best Friend, "Baxter"
DANASA’s Sven the Best Friend, now known as Baxter Sven Stewart, lives with a family of 5 in Mounds View, Minnesota
DANASA’s Sven the Best Friend, "Baxter", Sven and Olaf live about 15 miles apart!
The Frozen Litter
The puppies were named after characters from the movie “Frozen” Because…..drum roll…..Kelley was AI’d with semen that had been FROZEN from Vago.
In this Issue:
For the past 13 years, the group of people trying to show for the first time has exploded. We had only 7 Farmdogs at the first show. We anticipate having about 30 dogs represent the breed this year. There should be plenty of first-timers. The following information is from out-takes of an article Helene wrote for DSFCA to help the beginners enjoy showing their Farmdogs. Helene's article is designed to answer some the questions asked from people wanting to learn how to show there dogs. To read the complete article go to
To show a dog, you need a show lead. Generally show leads come in either an all-in-one type, with various types of collars, or in 2-piece sets with separate collar and leash. Mix and match on the 2 piece items are of course optional, just be aware, that the leather is not always of the exact same color, when produced by 2 different companies.
For a Farmdog we need a lead not too much longer than approximately 40 inches, or 3 feet, or 1 meter. A show lead is to be held tight, and without too much excess length to have "dangling". (Helene shows several types of show leads in her article)
I recommend taking a conformation class. This would prepare you and your dog for what to expect, and help your practice tremendously. Most all-round training facilities, which offer various classes in obedience, rally O, and agility also offer conformation classes. Go with no expectation, other than it will likely be the most boring class you have ever been to. But it really is great learning and practice for both you and your dog.
Teach your dog "stand" command
When you first begin "stand" practice, you might not want to stand up next to the dog yourself, your dog is little, and the "hovering above" when you bend over it with the treat, can be intimidating, and cause it to not want to stand, but rather want to sit, lay down, or move away from you. So when you first start "stand" practice, consider doing so with the dog standing on top of a table.
Hint: If you have taught your dog obedience heel and it is trained to sit, when you stop, then add a new dimension to that. Make 2 different ways for yourself to stop. One for obedience heeling, prompting for a sit at the stop, where you stop with your feet close together side by side, and your side turned to the dog, and another kind of stop for shows, prompting for a stand at the stop, where you stop with one foot just a small "step" in front of the other, and turn your body towards your dog. This will help your dog tell there is a difference between what it has to do in a show. Of course your verbal command "stand" will help enforce it too, but this extra body language will save your dog some confusion, and you some frustration, when you go back to the obedience practice.
A judge has to be able to check you dog's bite, while the dog is on the table. It doesn't necessarily need to stand on the table, when the bite is being checked, it can be sitting. However, the dog has to allow the judge to check. If your dog pulls back, most judges will excuse you from the ring immediately. Puppies and the younger age group classes are often allowed some "slack" and given a second chance in this department, but don't expect it.
Walk On a Leash at a Trot and Come to a Stand.
Practice walking with your dog on a leash at a "brisk" pace. If he canters, slow it down to trot again, and slow yourself down too - find the pace, that fits your dog's best gait. The dog is supposed to trot only, not slow motion, but "kicking along" well. Give your dog a lot of praise and treats for trotting along next to you. Add the "stand" command, when coming to a stop. If the dog sits, help him back up to the stand, by moving a step or two forward (now you're beyond having to grab it by the groin, a simple step forward, will do the job for you, and remind the dog, what stand means. If need be, show the treat in front of the nose, rather than up high (making it want to sit) as a reminder. Give the command, while the dog is back up on it's feet. Praise and treat every time it does it correct.
For Helene's complete article go to: www.farmdogs.org/Health-Education/Education/DogShowPrep.htm
The following updates have been made to the DSFCA Constitution
to meet the current dog registration with FSS/AKC requirements
ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the Club as provided in the Articles of Incorporation shall be:
- To educate members and breeders to accept the Standard for the breed as approved by the
Nordic Kennel Union (NKU), as the onlystandard of excellence by which Danish/Swedish Farmdogs shall be judged. including: DSFCA may not alter or revise the Standard for the breed described above. Only the breed clubs in the countries of origin of the breed, Denmark and Sweden, may alter or revise the Standard for the breed in accordance with their official protocol. When the breed clubs in the countries of origin, Denmark and Sweden, revise the Standard for the breed in accordance with their official protocol, the DSFCA must immediately accept all revisions completely, and the official English translation must be approved and endorsed by the Nordic Kennel Union (NKU) Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI). To maintain and promote our association with the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) as the Nordic Kennel Union (NKU) recognized registry organization in the United States, including:
- Members who are US residents shall register imported and/or domestic Danish/Swedish Farmdogs with the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA).
- Breeders who are US residents shall register their litters with American Rare Breed Association (ARBA).
- To educate and encourage members to participate in events sponsored by American Rare Breed Association (ARBA).
- To educate and encourage breeders
- register individual puppies produced with American Rare Breed Association (ARBA).
- provide buyers an official American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) pedigree provide buyers initial one year membership in DSFCA
ARTICLE IV - RULES FOR LICENSED EVENTS
All licensed events sponsored by
the Association will be run
in accordance with the rules, policies, and procedures of the American Rare Breed Association and/or the United Kennel Club® .
ARTICLE V - REVISIONS
The members of the governing board of the Association shall adopt and may from time to time revise such bylaws as may be required to carry out these
For the complete DSFCA Constitution go to www.farmdogs.org/Constitution.htm
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The first litter born in the United States was in 2001; a litter of one male. Several litters of various numbers of puppies have been whelped since then. Two Farmdogs had litters of seven bringing the average litter size to four or five puppies.
We plan to have each Newsletter feature a United States litter and to show how the Farmdogs are doing as adults. Our featured litters will not be selected in any special order.
Featured Farmdog Litter
The Featured Litter today is Maddy's second litter, born in 2005. They just celebrated their 7th birthday. At the time of this post, two of Maddy's litter mates are meeting their new puppy family member from the Crow's Point Kennel litter born August 1, 2012.