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Norwegian Buhund


Norwegian Buhund Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • AKC
  • Height
  • 16" - 18.5"
  • Weight
  • 26-40 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Fawn
    • Red
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Norsk buhund.


The Norwegian buhund originated in Norway.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed many centuries ago. The remains of this breed has been found in Viking burial sites from the year 900 A.D.


A Norwegian buhund-like dog is believed to have been in existence since the Middle Ages, used as an all-purpose farm dog, both guarding and herding. When sheep farming became common on the west coast of Norway at the turn of the 20th century, the best specimens of the old farm spitz were collected and a breeding program was created in order to breed the best herding dog possible. The Norwegian buhund was the result.


The Norwegian buhund is a medium size, squarely built, deep chested dog. The head is wedge shaped with large prick ears and dark eyes and nose. Like most spitz, it has a foxy look. There is a double coat with a thick, soft undercoat and short, harsh outer coat. It is wheaten colored, with or without black tips, or black with minimal bronzing. Some may have a white blaze or spot on the chest or a white collar. A mask is permitted.


The buhund is a lively, agile, sometimes noisy dog. It is very intelligent with a strong work drive. It enjoys cool climates.


This breed has been used for centuries as an all purpose farm dog. In his native land, he is still esteemed in this roll. He is also useful as a herder of sheep and cattle and a guard for farm and home.

Health Concerns

Cataracts, epilepsy, hip dysplasia.

Additional Information

It does best with an active family in the country or suburbs.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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