Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund

A medium-sized spitz type (thick, double coat, prick ears and a tail curled over the back), the Norwegian Buhund dog has a light frame and a short, compact body. Adult males stand at 45cm in height, females slightly less, and they weigh approximately 14-18kg. The woolly undercoat is covered with a harsh, smooth topcoat that comes in wheaten, black, red or wolf sable.

  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Medium dog
  • Heavy drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non Hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Origin

Dogs very similar to the Norwegian Buhund dog breed have been found in Viking graves dating back to 900 AD. A close relation to the Icelandic Sheepdog, the Norwegian Buhund was bred to be an all-round farm dog – a shepherd's companion, a watchdog and a herder. In fact, his name translates as 'farm dog' in Norwegian, and he is still used for that purpose in his homeland.

Personality

A bold, brave, active dog, the Norwegian Buhund makes a great family dog for those that don't mind the profuse shedding that can occur once or twice a year and for those who can train him to control his barking! A super companion, he is ideal for an active home where he can be trained in one of the dog sports and get plenty of exercise.

Health

The Norwegian Buhund is generally a healthy breed, but as with many breeds they can suffer from hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

The Norwegian Buhund dog needs one to two hours of exercise a day. He has worked as a hearing dog for deaf people, and has also done well in agility and obedience, and will thrive if given new challenges. Given his thick coat and geographical roots, he does not do well in warm conditions, so should be kept cool in hot weather. In the summer, exercise him in the early morning/late evening.

Nutrition

Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.

Grooming

The double coat of the Buhund moults profusely once or twice a year, at which time daily grooming is recommended. Otherwise, a brush and comb through twice a week should suffice.

Best Dog Breeds for Children

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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What to consider next

Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption. Click here for more information.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed. Click here for more information.

Welcoming your dog home

Whether you’re bringing home a tiny puppy or rehoming an adult dog, this is a hugely exciting time for everyone. While you’re waiting for the big day you might need to distract yourself, so luckily there are a few things you need to sort out before you welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information.