Norwegian Buhund

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
Affection / Dependance:
Exercise needed:
Space needed:
Tendency to bark:
Grooming Requirements:
Tendency to bark:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Herding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 31-40 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 13-15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Not good for warm climate.

Breed Details


The Norwegian Buhund is one of the Spitz dog breeds. The skeleton remains of 6 Buhunds were found in an ancient Viking grave excavation in Norway. Vikings often buried their treasured and cherished belongings with them because they would be important in the afterlife. The dogs that traveled alongside the Vikings would also be buried and believed to continue to carry out their duties in the afterlife. The Norwegian Buhunds of today were nurtured in western coasts of Norway where they held the role of herding sheep and guarding farms. Buhunds are trained to aid the hearing impaired, perform various police duties and work with livestock. They are agile, have the desire to please their master and learn quickly. The Buhund enjoys the company of people, but can be left alone at times.


Black or Wheaten (anything from a pale cream color to an orange color).


The Norwegian Buhund sports a very short yet thick and hard outer coat. It remains smooth with a softer and dense under coat.


They are cheerful and active. They need to know that their master is in control; otherwise, they will try to take control into their own paws. They enjoy being showed new things and learn very easily. This intelligent breed loves to be with their family and is fond of children, but is independent enough to stay out of trouble while you're gone.


The Buhund's coat is easy to care for because it is short and doesn't tangle. The breed has a history of eye and hip problems.


Norwegian Buhunds need obedience training to establish good manners. If the dog tends to bark it is because they believe that they are the one who should be ordering you around, and the last thing that you need is a dog to be your master. Always remind your dog that you are the boss.


It is a very active breed that needs daily exercise. This dog breed among others must walk behind their owner or heel because in a dog's mind the leader of the pack is always the one in who is in the front. The breed also loves to play and have fun with their masters.

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