History & Overview
The Norwegian Buhund, also known as Norsk Buhund, has been kept by Norwegian farmers for many centuries. In Norwegian, “Bu” means “homestead” or “mountain hut,” and “hund” means “dog.” The breed was developed primarily for farm work. His herding instincts are so strong that he will even round up chickens and may nip other animals or people.
Being an excellent herding and guarding dog, the Buhund boasts remarkable longevity of 18 years, has very few genetic problems and is easily maintained, making for a great family dog. He is quite easily trained, very loyal to his family and lives peacefully with children and family pets.
He is also a keen watchdog, vigilant but not excessively noisy. Some Buhunds may be suspicious of strangers. The Buhund is an active breed which needs exercise and mental stimulation to be at his best. More trainable and family-oriented than other northern spitz-type breeds, he does well in obedience and agility.
In appearance, the Norwegian Buhund is a typical medium-sized spitz, squarely built with erect, pointed ears and a tail carried curled over the back. He stands 15 – 17 inches at the shoulder and weighs 25 – 40 pounds. The double coat consists of the outer coat made of harsh, smooth hair, and a soft, dense undercoat. The coat color can be wheaten, red, black and wolf-sable. The Buhund sheds his coat twice a year. The Buhund is an active breed which needs exercise and mental stimulation to be at his best. More trainable and family-oriented than other northern spitz-type breeds, he does well in obedience and agility.