Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Norway
Group: Working dog
Height: 17-18 1/2 in.
Weight: 30-40 lbs.
Life span: 13-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes

What is the origin of the Norwegian Buhund?

When Vikings died, precious possessions were buried with them to help them in the afterlife. Buhund-like skeletons have been found in Viking graves. The Buhund was first shown in Norway in the 1920s. The American Kennel Club recognized the Buhund in 2009. Hund is Norwegian for dog and Bu means livestock.

What does the Norwegian Buhund look like?

Spitz-type describes the look of the Buhund. It is a medium size dog. Height is 17-18 1/2 inches tall, weight is 30-40 lbs. Eyes are oval-shaped, dark with black rims. Easrs are erect and medium size. The tail curls over the back. The coat is double with a wooly undercoat and a smooth, hard outercoat. Colors are black, sable, wheaten (light to almost red). Regular brushing should keep the coat neat and clean.

What is the temperament of the Norwegian Buhund?

Buhunds are very active, friendly, affectionate dogs. They are quick to learn but can be independent. You must show them that you are the pack leader when obedience training and socializing. Buhunds are very good with children and love their family. They are good with other animals as well. Buhunds require vigorous exercise and play. They can be comfortable living in an apartment as long as exercise needs are met.

What is the Norwegian Buhund used for?

Buhunds were used to hunt bear and wolf at one time. They are herding dogs and can protect their farms and families. They are also used to aid the hearing handicapped, in police work and do well in obedience and agility trials.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, cataracts.


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