Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund is a spitz-type dog bred for cold climate working. 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.

Norwegian Buhund


16-19 in (41-48 cm)

Norwegian Buhund


26-40 lb (12-18 kg)

Norwegian Buhund



Norwegian Buhund

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Breed History

The history of the Norwegian Buhunds is still a mystery. What we know 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.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI Standard

  • Group 5 Spitz and primitive types. Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs and Herders. Without working trial.
  • Height at the withers: males- 19-18.5 in (43-47 cm), females-16-17.5 in (41-45 cm).
  • Weight: males- 31- 40lb (14-18 kg), females- 26 -35 lb (12-16 kg)

norwegian buhund


Norwegian Buhunds are naturally clean dogs that don't require excessive care. Their coat consists of two layers – the top layer that is thick and the underlayer that is soft and dense. Like all double-coated dogs, even Norwegian Buhunds sheds twice a year (during shedding seasons) when they blow their entire coat. During that period daily brushing is required to keep the amount of hair under control. Outside of the shedding seasons these dogs regular brushing few times a week to keep them looking good.

FUN FACT: According to breed standard these dogs come in two colors: black and wheaten (any shade from pale cream to bright orange).

The rest of basic care includes:

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 it.

FFUN 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 in nature

Norwegian Buhund training

All the spitz-type dogs are independent and Norwegian Buhunds are no different. Characteristics that divide these dogs from a standard spitz-type dog 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 used 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. To do that, 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 high amount 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.

Health problems

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 and that way they can be sure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases.

These dogs are prone to:

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 that you only buy 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


Updated at17.05.2021.