Norwegian Buhund is a spitz-type dog bred for cold climate work. They are excellent working dogs that excel in herding and guarding. It is said that these dogs are closely related to Jamthund and the Icelandic Sheepdogs.
Norwegian Buhunds have characteristics of a standard spitz-type dog: pricked ears, dense coat, and a curved tail that fall over the back. Although they are bred for working purposes, these dogs fill a great role as family members. They are devoted, smart, and very eager to please their owner.
FUN FACT: This dog is also called Norsk Buhund and Norwegian Sheepdog.
16-19 in (41-48 cm)
26-40 lb (12-18 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
Norwegian Buhunds are naturally clean dogs that don't require excessive care. Their coat consists of two layers – the top layer, which is thick, and the underlayer, which is soft and dense. Like all double-coated dogs, even Norwegian Buhunds shed twice a year (during shedding seasons) when they blow their entire coat.
During that period, daily brushing is required to control the amount of hair. Outside of the shedding seasons, these dogs regularly brush a few times a week to keep them looking good.
FUN FACT: According to breed standards, these dogs come in two colors: black and wheaten (any shade from pale cream to bright orange).
The rest of basic care includes:
- regularly teeth brushing to prevent bacteria development and bad odor
- ears check-up for any sign of irritations and infections
- nail trimming
Norwegian Buhund exercise
Norwegian Buhunds are tireless dogs that need a lot of daily activities and exercise to remain happy and healthy. That shouldn't surprise you because they were bred for work so they can herd for hours. Buhunds will enjoy long walks, fetching, bicycle rides, hiking, etc.
Basically, you can do many fun activities with your dog, and he will gladly participate in them.
FUN FACT: Because they are so energetic dogs, they love to participate in canine sports such as tracking, agility, and obedience.
If you don't provide them with the proper amount of activities, you can expect that your dog will become bored and, in most cases, he will develop destructive behavior.
Norwegian Buhund training
All the spitz-type dogs are independent, and Norwegian Buhunds are no different. One characteristics that divide these dogs from standard spitz-type dogs are their ability to please, and that makes them a lot easier to train. However, you will still have to put in the work if you want to end up with a well-behaved dog.
With these dogs, it is advised to never use harsh training methods because you will not get anything done. They best react to treats and positive training reinforcements.
To be sure that your Norwegian Buhund develops into a well-mannered dog, you must provide him with the proper socialization from an early age. You must expose your puppy to many different situations, places, sights, and sounds. Take your dog to the dog park and introduce him to other canines.
Children and other pets
Norwegian Buhunds are a great choice for families with children. They will be an excellent playing partner, and because they have a lot of energy, they can play for hours.
Since these are hunting dogs, you must be careful with other dogs and animals; in most cases, with the proper socialization from an early age, he can learn to get along well with everybody, but you always need to be careful when you let your dog play with other animals.
Norwegian Buhunds are generally healthy dogs with a life expectancy of 12-15 years. To be completely sure that you will get the healthiest dog, we advise you only to buy it from a responsible and official dog breeder.
They regularly perform health tests on their breeding dogs so they can be sure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.
These dogs are prone to:
- hip dysplasia
- eye issues
Norwegian Buhund breeders
Norwegian Buhunds are still a relatively unknown dog breed in the world. Mostly you can find them in their native country - Norway, but they are gaining more and more popularity around the world.
If you are considering getting a Norwegian Buhund, we recommend only buying a dog from a responsible and official dog breeder.
Although they are working dogs Norwegian Buhunds can adapt to family life and be great companions for you and your family. Provide them with enough exercise and socialization, and you don't have to worry that you will have any problems with your dog.
World Dog Finder team
The history of the Norwegian Buhunds is still a mystery. What we know is that the spitz-type dogs were present in Norway a long time ago, and the canine remains were found in the Vikings' graves in 900 AD. At that time they were buried only with their valuable possessions, and that means that these dogs were highly-priced in Viking society.
The modern-day breed is mostly created because of one man – John Sealand. In 1920 he created a breeding program with these dogs and he was selecting dogs based on their appearances and working abilities.
FUN FACT: Norwegian Buhund was officially introduced in the AKC Foundation Stock Service in 1996.