The Norwegian Buhund dog is a working dog, adapted to any type of work or activity he is given. He is very intelligent, fast learner, and eager to please. This dog needs a lot of attention and exercise.
The Norwegian Buhund dog is a member of a large class of dogs known as Spitz type. The first record we have of these dogs was a Viking grave from the year 900 where skeletons from six dogs were found. These would be the representative of today´s Buhunds. Interestingly, when Vikings died, they took their possessions with them, including their dogs, who were expected to continue their farming and housekeeping duties in the afterlife.
The refined Norwegian Buhund we know today was developed in the western coastlands of Norway. This dog is still rare in the United States (he ranks 174th). He was officially recognized a dog breed by the AKC in 2009.
This short of medium-sized dog has a square built. The back is level and ends on a tightly curved tail that touches it. The wedge-headed dog has pricked ears and a black nose.
Males can be 17 to 18.5 inches tall and weigh 31 to 40 pounds. Females stand 16 to 17.5 inches and weigh 26 to 35 pounds.
This breed is pretty active and cheerful. He needs constant exercise and will become destructive if left to his own. They are very well known for their love of children. They are natural watchdogs that develop a strong bond with their owner.
The Norwegian Buhund dog is very intelligent and is eager to learn new things. They are brave but will not snap or bite without provocation.
Caring for a Norwegian Buhund dog
These dogs are restless and require lots of exercise to steam out their energy. This breed is well suited for owners who are willing to spend the time to training and playing with this dog. Preferably, people with an active lifestyle. He will be happy to go with ou for a hike, running, or bike riding.
Due to his high intelligence and eagerness to please (a rare trait in Spitz-type dogs) this dog is highly trainable. Use positive reinforcement to get the best results.
- The Norwegian Buhund dog is also known as Norsk Buhund and Norwegian Sheepdog.
- They are still used as farm dogs in Norway, their country of origin.
- His coat is easy to take care of, but he sheds two times a year.
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