The Norwegian Buhund!

Norwegian Buhunds are an intelligent, cheerful and affectionate breed. They are very quick learners, good watch and guard dogs, and can even work livestock. They have short, compact bodies and are lightly built. Their tail curves over the back and their erect, pointed ears easily identify them. Their undercoat is soft and wooly. However, their outer coat is smooth and harsh. They also have small, oval shaped and webbed feet.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
13-15 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average. Very active.

Living Conditions:
Flexible, but need outlet for energy.

Very vocal.

Exercise Needs:
Daily walk and yard play.

Breed Group:


16-18 inches

25-40 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Biscuit or wheaten, ranging from light to yellowish red

National breed club:
The Norwegian Buhund Club of America

Norwegian Buhund Skills

When a Viking grave from the year 900 was opened in the ancient Gokstad excavation in Norway, six various dog skeletons were found. They would late be the modern day representative of Buhunds. Due to the initiative of John Sealand, Norway’s state-counsel, he first Buhund show was held at Jaeren in the 1920’s. In 1939, the Norsk Buhundklubb was established and the first president was Toralf Raanaas. These men selected the very best for breeding, workability, and show. Aside form working ability, they are also trained to aid the hearing handicapped, perform some types of police work, and do well in agility and obedience trials. These days, they work with livestock and guard home and family.

Norwegian Buhund Personality

Cheerful, active, untiring, vigilant, attentive, and intelligent – these words are generally used to describe Norwegian Buhunds. They are very affectionate dogs who enjoy being embraced and kissed. However, they require constant and consistent training because they have the tendency to be out of control. They like learning new things and they are fast learners. Norwegian Buhunds are vocal and brave but not aggressive. This breed can also be excellent watchdogs. They love their family and popular for their fondness for children. They rarely bite unless provoked. If they need to communicate something, they usually bark, thus needing obedience training to acquire social manners. Though they are stubborn, the good news is that they are easy to train. They are very active and demand lots of playtime, love, and affection.

Exercise Needs

They love play sessions and also enjoy long walks. They are very active and need to be exercised everyday.

Living Conditions

The best place to raise a Norwegian Buhund would be a house with at least a small fenced in yard. This is necessary because they are really active and should be given daily exercises. They can only live in apartment if it has space big enough for them to move around.

Grooming Requirements

A seasonal heavy shedder, their coat should be brushed regularly and needs extra care during shedding season.

Health Issues

They are prone to hip and eye problems.

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