Danish Dog Breeds

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Danish Dog Breeds

Behold Denmark, where there are twice as many bicycles as there are cars, and you’re never more than 30 kilometres from the sea. Denmark has given the world artists, authors, philosophers, Lego and more.

Among the country’s contributions to the world are several wonderful dog breeds. Oddly enough, one dog breed that is not actually Danish is the Great Dane, as despite the name, these dogs were first bred in Germany. It’s time to have a look at Denmark’ dog breeds.

Broholmer

The Broholmer is a Mastiff-type dog with a strong, rectangular build. This dog emanates power and agility, with its large broad head and sabre-like tail. First developed in the 18th century by gamekeeper Sehested of Broholm, the Broholmer was a mix between German dogs and the English Mastiff. The breed proved an excellent guard dog, and became fairly popular in the 19th century, though it almost died out at the time of the Second World War.

Friendly, calm, and ever watchful, the Broholmer needs a confident owner who’s willing to give it proper exercise and training. They are a giant breed, so it’s best to avoid hard exercise for very young Broholmers, as you risk injuring your dog.

Danish Spitz

Also called the Dansk Spids, this dog is sweet and sociable, and was often kept in the countryside as a “nanny dog”, to keep an eye on children. They are also popular companions for people of all ages! They have a luxurious coat that is often snowy white, but can also be creamy or biscuit-coloured.

The Danish Spitz was exceptionally popular in the 1930s, but their numbers dropped dramatically until the 1980s, when the breed was revived. Today these healthy, hardy dogs are often kept as pets, though they retain the ability to do farm work.

Danish-Swedish Farm dog

As the name suggests, this breed started out in Denmark and southern Sweden, but soon became popular all over Scandinavia.  This medium-sized dog is compact, with a small triangular head. The coat is predominately white, with a few coloured patches. The tail varies in length, and may be any length between full or bobbed.

The Danish-Swedish Farm dog is easy-going and loving, which makes it both a brilliant pet and excellent working dog. They are great at hunting vermin; if you have a mouse or rat problem, a Danish-Swedish Farm dog will soon sort it out! Their agility makes them perfectly suited for canine sports such as agility, fly-ball, and coursing.

Old Danish Pointer

Scandinavia’s finest (and only!) pointer is descended from the dogs of the wandering Romani, and 18th century farm dogs. The Romani dogs, which probably had some Spanish pointer blood, were hardy dogs and excellent hunters, though they could also be used as draft animals. The local farm dogs of the time were hounds, with a touch of Bloodhound in their lineage. The union of these animals led to a calm and courageous dog that soon became Denmark’s favourite hunting dog.

The Old Danish Pointer (gammel dansk hønsehund in Danish) is a medium sized dog, though the males are much larger than the females. They have short dense fur, which is white with brown markings such as patches and speckles. They have floppy ears and large, soulful eyes. Though the Old Danish Pointer generally has a calm temperament, they are working dogs and need plenty of exercise to stay fit and happy.

Greenland Dog

Greenland is part of the kingdom of Denmark, so it’s only fitting to include the Greenland Dog in this list. Called Kalaallit Qimmiat in Greenlandic, and Grønlandshunden in Danish, the dog was brought to North America and Greenland thousands of years ago, by the Thule people of Siberia. The Thule first arrived in North America 12,000 years ago, but dogs (the ancestors of the Greenland dog) only appeared in Greenland 4000 years ago.

Genetically, the Greenland Dog is very similar to the extinct Taimyr wolf. This is evident in the breed’s appearance. They have a heavy build, with thick fur and small triangular ears. The tail curls up to lie along the back. Like many Artic breeds, the Greenland Dog has a double coat, with a rough outer coat and a dense, warm inner coat. This breed is prized for its endurance and strength. They were used to pull sleds; indeed, the explorer Roald Amundsen used Greenland Dogs as sled dogs for his Antarctic expedition.


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  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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