The Norwegian Buhund is a descendent of the Viking dogs and has been used in Norway for centuries as an all-purpose farm dog.The Norwegian Buhund is a versatile, strong, lively dog of medium size, capable of guarding the house, herding cows, hunting and playing with the children. The Norwegian Buhund is quite an ancient breed that has always been closely associated with man. It has been, for generations, a widely popular farm dog in Norway, valued for its loyalty, courage, hardiness, and ability to do just about anything.
It is highly intelligent and learns quickly, but like many of the Spitz breeds, he has a streak of independence that can make working with it somewhat of a challenge. However, for those that persist, it can become an outstanding worker in obedience, agility and other activities. It is a natural guard dog, very devoted to its family, and ready to protect them. However, it is not an aggressive dog by nature, and is quite outgoing and friendly to welcomed visitors and usually gets along well with other dogs and animals.
The Buhund does like to bark, and if not kept occupied and taught when barking is allowed, it can become a nuisance. For this reason, it is not ideal as a city dog, although his size is compatible with apartment living. The Buhund is an active dog and requires regular exercise and activities that challenge his intelligence and high spirits.
The Buhund is a square built, compact dog of medium size (17 to 18 inches, weight about 55 lbs.), solid and well boned. He looks capable of a good day’s work. His head is wedge shaped with prick ears and an alert and energetic expression. The Buhund’s tail is carried tightly curled over his back. He moves freely and with power and reach. The Norwegian Buhund comes in a wide variety of colors – wheaten, red, sandy, black, or wolf-gray, sometimes with a black mask.
The Buhund has a thick and weather resistant double coat, which sheds profusely twice a year.The name “buhund” simply means “cattle dog,” as it was used for herding and guarding the cattle. The breed is recognized by the FCI and the UKC.The Buhund should be brushed once or twice a week to keep his coat in good condition, and more frequently during the shedding season. He should have regular exercise. There are no specific health concerns with this breed.