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May 20, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Norwegian Buhund

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  • Height: 16" - 19”
  • Weight: 26-40 pounds
  • Historical function: herding, watchdog
  • Modern function: companion, herding, watchdog
  • AKC classification: Herding

Physical Characteristics:

The Norwegian Buhund is a northern Spitz-type dog characterized by the pricked triangular ears, a heavy double coat, and the tightly-curled tail. It has a square build and a curled plume tail. This is a medium-sized dog. The double coat can be wheaten or black.

History of the Breed:

The Norwegian Buhund can be documented as far back as 900 A.D. The Vikings took these dogs everywhere, including on ships and on land. A Viking grave was uncovered where six Spitz-type dogs were buried alongside his master in an effort to send the dogs with him to the afterlife. These valuable dogs protected farms and herded cattle and were expected to continue these duties even after death. The modern Buhund was developed in the rainy western coast lands of Norway. In addition to being watchdogs and herders, they also would hunt bear and wolves. The Norwegian Buhund is a recent addition to the AKC, having been admitted in 2009.


The Norwegian Huhund is very lively and affectionate. They are intelligent, active, and enthusiastic about pleasing. These traits make up a dog that is easily trained if given the proper amount of exercise. They can be excitable and headstrong if not given plenty of physical and mental outlets. They are known to love children.

  • Best suited for: Active families, joggers, obedience and agility trainers.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog does best in cooler climates and thrives with a job.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care coat stays clean and mat free with occasional brushing. The coat requires extra care during the seasonal heavy sheds.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk or, even better, a jog.
  • Life expectancy: 13-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to hip dysplasia and eye problems.

Breed Club Links: Norwegian Buhund Club of America. Perfect Pairings: Cardio Canine Hands Free Human Harness and Dog Leash

Have any stories about a Norwegian Buhund? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Jon-Eric Melsæter.

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