New Westminster Breed 2010 – The Norwegian Buhund

February 4th, 2010 by Dan

The Norwegian Buhund is the second breed we’re going to profile from the trio of new additions to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for 2010. This Spitz-type dog will be making his debut as a member of the Herding Group. Read on to learn more about these dogs that were believed to have been companions to the Vikings!


Photo by emelie klein

The Norwegian Buhund was bred to be the shepherds companion – an all around farm dog that herded livestock and guarded the flock and family. It’s name actually comes from the word “bu” meaning mountain hut. It is believed Buhunds traveled and lived with the Vikings. This was proven when a tomb from 900 a.d was excavated and the skeletal remains of 6 spitz-type dogs were found.

Bouncing Buhund

Photo by Per Foreby

The Norwegian Buhund is a medium sized dog ranging from 26-40 lbs and standing between 16.5-18.5 inches tall. These dogs are highly intelligent, energetic and bred to work long hours. This means that a Buhund must be kept busy or it will create its own “job” (usually one you won’t like!). They respond very well to positive training methods and are known to excel in many dog sports!

Buhund Puppy

Photo by phunkstarr

Norwegian Buhund Facts:

* While the Buhund’s coat doesn’t require much in the way of grooming, this breed has a double coat and does shed heavily once or twice a year.

* The Norwegian Buhund is also known as the Norsk Buhund and the Norwegian Sheepdog.

* Buhunds are a “talkative” breed – they’re watchdogs and will alert to anything they think you should know about!

* The curly tailed Buhund is the 160th breed being shown at the Westminster Dog Show!

Buhund Tail

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