Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Herding); ANKC (Working); CKC (Herding); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Pastoral); UKC (Northern)


Medium. Weight: Males 31–40 lbs; Females 26–35 lbs Height: Males 17–18.5 inches; Females 16–17.5 inches


Double-coated. Undercoat is soft and dense. Outer coat is thick and hard.


Wheaten, Black; Mask acceptable on Wheaten; Also Red, Wolf-Sable

Life Span:

13 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

the Norwegian Buhund is sometimes called the Norsk Buhund or the Norwegian Sheepdog.


Norwegian Buhund Overview

The Norwegian Buhund is another Spitz-type breed. The name comes from the word “Bu” meaning homestead or mountain home. Buhunds helped to protect flocks and the homes of shepherds for thousands of years, with remains dating back to the time of the Vikings.


Norwegian Buhund Characteristics

Buhunds are a treasured breed both as shepherds of the flock and at hunting small animals such as turkey, pheasant and duck. Their dual purpose makes them useful on a farm and very valuable to owners. The breed features the same curly tail and upright ears as other Spitz-type dogs.


Norwegian Buhund Temperament

Unlike other Spitz-dogs, the Buhund aims to please. Hisability to intelligently adapt to any situation makes him great both in working positions and as a house pet. The breed gets along well with other pets, dogs and children. He can be independent when needed, and willwatch the house, although quietly.

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Norwegian Buhund Care

Buhunds live on average 13 to 15 years, a bit longer than other breeds of their size. One health concern includes hip dysplasia. Careful selection of parents, good breeding lines and proper veterinary care can help reduce the incidence of this disease.


Norwegian Buhund Coat

The coat of the Buhund will shed seasonally and requires brushing and combing. The coat however stays naturally clean, and is easy to care for except for daily brushing. Coats do not need trimming or stripping and will stay naturally lustrous.


Norwegian Buhund Training

The eager to please nature of the Buhund combined with his intelligence makes him easy to please. The breed easily picks up what is asked of him and will adapt to any job given to him. Mental stimulation will help keep him happy and occupied.


Norwegian Buhund Activity

The Buhund is an active dog and likes to be where his family is. Daily walks, outings with the family and other activities that keep him both physically and mentally stimulated will help to keep the Buhund healthy and happy.

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