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Norwegian Buhund Dogs

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The Bulhund can be traced back hundreds of years to Viking times. Their name means “farm dog” as they were often used to guard the farm or herd cattle and sheep. They were often buried with their viking owners in order to help them in the afterlife. The modern day variation of this breed is classed as a Spitz type but, unlike many other Spitzs, they like to please their owners. They are still used for work today as Sheep and Cattle herders, assistance dogs, police dogs and are of course also kept as pets.


Active, loyal and loving are probably the best words to describe this breed. They take great pleasure in being around other people, they are especially good with children and will be very calm and playful when around them. They form tight bonds with their family, so early socialisation will be needed or they may become over-protective of you. They do make good watchdogs and will warn you of the slightest disturbance. They can also be quite vocal, so the quiet command will be needed. They aren’t aggressive unless provoked first, though they tend to be aloof with strangers at first. They love their owners and will do all the can to snuggle up next to you on the couch, often forgetting their own size.

This is an especially active breed that will need a lot of daily exercise to fulfill their needs. They make good jogging partners as you will find it hard to tire them out. One long walk each day should be enough for them, though if they are not given enough exercise they will become agitated and destructive in the house. Recall doesn’t seem to be a problem with this breed and in general they are quick learners.

They are an intelligent breed that will need to be taught in order to be happy and satisfied. When training, positive reinforcement and treats will all work well with them. They do ebay in agility, obedience, herding and general training. They like to please their owners and will always be eager to learn new tricks if it means that you praise them for it. If you aren’t consistent with training, they will take advantage of you.

They have a medium length coat which does shed a fair amount of fur, so a weekly brush to remove any dead hairs will be needed. When moulting the shed a lot of hair, brushing during this time will have to be more frequent. They are naturally very clean and take good care of themselves. They have a very low odour.


The Norwegian Buhund is a vigilant and active breed. They make for good guard dogs due to their protective instincts carried over from sheep herding. They will need their daily exercise, but once they get it they’ll be calm and placid within the home. They form tight bonds with their family and adore children, all this makes them a great choice for a family companion.

Health Problems

Like many breeds, the Buhund is prone to Canine Hip Dysplasia and can also suffer inherited eye related issues.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 13 - 15 years
  • Weight: 30 - 40 lbs
  • Height: 16 - 18"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Medium - Double
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Small House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
  • Breed Type: Herding
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour

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