In 1985, a collaboration was established between the Danish and Swedish Kennel Clubs to preserve these small dogs. The breed was recognized in Sweden and Denmark in 1987 under the name Danish-Swedish Farm Dog.
Until the second half of the 20th century, no special attention was paid to rural dogs. Changes in the form of farming, cross-breeding and other factors led to a sharp decline in the population of Garhund.
Little is known about the origins of the gardhund. Cynologists agree that the ancestors of these small dogs were the Pinschers and British White Hunting Terriers, from which the Jack Russell and Fox Terrier also descended.