Norwegian Buhund Breed Information

Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.

The Norwegian Buhund is a Spitz-type dog developed to herd livestock as well as guard people and property. The Norwegian Buhund dates back to at least 900 A.D. and is believed to have been bred originally by the Vikings. The Norwegian Buhund of today, however, was largely developed on the western coastland of Norway.

The Norwegian Buhund weighs 26 to 40 pounds and measures 16 to 18.5 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Norwegian Buhund has a thick, short coat that sheds lightly most of the year, then more heavily with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. The Norwegian Buhund should be brushed several times a week during their heavy shedding seasons, otherwise once a week is sufficient. The Norwegian Buhund only needs a bath when especially dirty.

Like all dogs, the Norwegian Buhund also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Norwegian Buhund is energetic and cheerful.

The Norwegian Buhund is a hard worker that loves to play and stay busy. The Norwegian Buhund craves interaction and attention, and will demand both if not freely given. They can make ideal companions for large, active families. Norwegian Buhunds are lively, but not hyper and are quite gentle with small children.

Norwegian Buhunds are happy and friendly, but also highly alert and can be effective watchdogs. They bark loudly, but purposefully, and are quick to sound the alarm when someone or something raises their suspicion. However, Norwegian Buhunds are also quick to warm up to new people once they get to know them.

Training Needs
The Norwegian Buhund is highly intelligent and easily trainable. The Norwegian Buhund is eager to please and receptive to commands. They respond best to short, varied training sessions and plenty of positive reinforcement.

The Norwegian Buhund enjoys having a job to do and excels in a wide range of activities. Once they have the basics down, they can go on to participate in obedience, agility, rally and herding.

Activity Level
The Norwegian Buhund has lots of energy and needs plenty of exercise to be happy and healthy. They should have a long daily walk and can make a great jogging or hiking companions. Norwegian Buhunds should also have lots of time outside in a secure area to run around, chase balls, catch a Frisbee and just play.

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