Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund

Breed Description +

The Norwegian Buhund belongs to a large class of dogs called the Spitz type. Bred as an energetic working dog, Buhunds herd livestock and guard home and family. Today, they are also trained to aid the hearing impaired, perform some types of police work, and perform in obedience and agility trials. Their thick coat is wheaten (pale cream to bright orange) or black in color. They are self confident, alert, lively, and very affectionate with people.
  • AKC Name:

    Norwegian Buhund

  • Common Name(s):

    Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog

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  • Observed Weight:

    24 - 49 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    26 - 40 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 16 - 19 in


The Norwegian Buhund is a dog breed native to Norway. The name Buhund stands for Bu (Homestead) and Hund (hound). This breed is likely related to other northern spitz breeds such as the Swedish Vallhund and the Norwegian Elkhound. Reports of Viking raids tell of small dogs accompanying the raiders on their sea voyages. Back at home, the Buhund would have been used as farm and guard dogs, based on bones discovered from Viking graves on farms in Norway. Although originally used as guard dogs and farm dogs, the breed developed into an excellent herder due to its desire to please, covering a wide area on the western coast of Norway. There other testaments to the breed’s versatility that report it has also been used as a sniffer dog in England and in hunting Elk in its native country. The breed was standardized in Norway in the early 1920s, and has recently been awarded formal recognition by the American Kennel Club in 2009.

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