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Norwegian Buhund
Characteristics, History, and Health

Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is a versatile, hardy, and intelligent breed hailing from Norway. This breed's name is derived from ""bu,"" the Norwegian word for homestead or mountain hut where shepherds would dwell while looking after their flocks, and ""hund,"" which means dog. The Norwegian Buhund is an ancient breed, with roots dating back to the Vikings. Evidence suggests that the breed was used for herding livestock, guarding properties, and hunting game as far back as the ninth century. They were even found buried alongside their Viking owners, showing that they were highly valued. After World War II, the breed almost went extinct, but the careful breeding programs helped to revive it.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog
Life Expectancy
12-15 years
Average Male Height
17-18.5 inches
Average Female Height
16-17.5 inches
Average Male Weight
31-40 pounds
Average Female Weight
26-35 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
Black, Wheaten
Coat Pattern
White Markings, Black Mask

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Norwegian Buhunds are generally healthy, but can suffer from hip dysplasia, eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy called cPRA, and von Willebrand's disease. Genetic testing is available for ataxia (Norwegian Buhund Type).

Personality and Behavior

Norwegian Buhunds are intelligent, energetic, and friendly dogs. They love being part of the family and are known to be good with children. However, their high energy levels and intelligence mean they require plenty of mental and physical stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and potentially destructive.

The Norwegian Buhund has a dense double coat that is weather-resistant. The outer coat is thick and hard, while the undercoat is soft and woolly. This coat is designed to withstand the harsh Norwegian winters. Regular brushing will help manage shedding and keep the coat healthy.

Fun Facts

The Norwegian Buhund is one of the few breeds that have retained their original uses in herding and guarding livestock.

Despite being an ancient breed, the Norwegian Buhund wasn't officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 2009.

Buhunds have been known to compete and excel in obedience, agility, and herding trials due to their high intelligence and energy levels.