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Size: Medium - small
About 45 cm (18 inches)
Weight: About 25 kg (55 lb)
Life Span: 15 years
Energetic & fearless
Country of Origin:
AKC Group:
Not registered
Other Names:
Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog

norwegian buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is fearless, energetic, active and hard-working. These brave dogs make excellent watch dogs and will warn their handler of any strange visitors. Norwegian Buhunds do like to bark. They make affectionate family companions and are generally very good with children, other dogs and household pets. Norwegian Buhunds enjoy being trained and are intelligent. They can perform well in different dog sports, with proper training.

The coat of the Norwegian Buhund is easy to maintain and keep in good condition. During moulting, a comb with a double row of metal teeth should be used to remove the dead and loose hairs from the undercoat.

Norwegian Buhunds need a moderate amount of exercise to satisfy their energetic nature and stamina. They enjoy retrieving objects, running freely and running alongside a cycle. The Norwegian Buhund will not run off with its natural shepherding instincts.

The name 'Buhund' means 'farm dog' in Norwegian. These dogs were bred to fulfill a variety of tasks and are closely related to the Norwegian Elkhound. They are from the Spitz family of dogs and enjoy herding and rounding-up livestock, poultry and even people.

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Lively, alert and compact.
Color: Wheaten, black, red or wolf-sable with or without a mask.
Coat: The outercoat is harsh and smooth. The undercoat is soft and woolly.
Tail: Set high and carried tightly over the back.
Ears: Set high, mobile, erect and pointed.
Body: The body is lightly framed and strong and short. The forelegs are lean and the strong hindquarters have little angulation.

Additional Comments:

  • Norwegian Buhunds are natural herders and they need plenty of exercise and activity to keep them occupied and to avoid boredom.
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