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Norwegian Buhund Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Norwegian Buhund so you can get to know the breed more.

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Norwegian Buhund
OriginNorway
Other Names
What other names does the Norwegian Buhund have? The dog breed also known as...
Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Norwegian Buhund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Norwegian Buhund recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Price
How much does the Norwegian Buhund puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Norwegian Buhund price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Norwegian Buhund, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Norwegian Buhund for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Norwegian Buhund gets to a happy place.

Norwegian Buhund History

The breed’s origin leads us back to ancient times when dogs sailed seas and traveled with the invaders of Norway, the Vikings in 900 a.d. The remains of spitz-type dogs have been found in Viking graves and in the oldest archaeological sites in Norway. According to ancient paganist beliefs, the dogs were buried with the Vikings after their death, with the purpose of continuing their various duties in the afterlife, serving their owners even beyond the grave.

The breed’s traits are very similar to the Icelandic Sheepdog’s, they were both bred to be farm dogs serving as herders, guardians of owners and property, and all-purpose farmhands. In fact, the breed got its name from the Norwegian word “bu” meaning “farm”, thus its name basically translates as “farm-dog” in the local language. The Norwegian Buhund is also known as the Norwegian Sheepdog or as Norsk Buhund.

The Buhund remained an indispensable member of the Norwegian farm life for centuries, but in the early 1900s, the import of other similar herding breeds caused the decrease of their population. Yet, despite this decline, in the breed’s homeland, Norway, farmers still use the breed as general farm dogs. In most areas, every farm had Buhunds to herd and watch over the pigs, reindeer, sheep, cattle, and various livestock. The shepherds spent the summers in mountains with the herd, and they brought their dogs to watch over them. The dogs had to work independently to gather stock, because the land was usually rocky, with steep slopes. They gathered easily the flock finding and flushing them by barking, they even walked on the sheep’s backs to get from one side of the flock to the other.

The breed was first shown in 1913 in an agricultural show, after that in the 1920s, multiple shows dedicated just for the Buhunds were held with state-run sheep and goat shows, in order to rekindle interest in farmers for the breed.

The Norsk Buhund Club was founded in 1939. After World War II., the breed was exported to England and later to the United States. In America, the Norwegian Buhund Club was formed in 1983. In 2004, the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the breed and the Buhund became a member of the AKC Herding group.

Norwegian Buhund General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Norwegian Buhund size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Norwegian Buhund weigh? Norwegian Buhund weight:
Male: 31-40 pounds (14-18 kg), Female: 26½-35½ pounds (12-16 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Norwegian Buhund? Norwegian Buhund average weight:
Male: 35.5 pounds (16 kg), Female: 26.5-35.5 pounds (14 kg)
Height
How tall is the Norwegian Buhund? Norwegian Buhund height:
Male: 17-18.5 inches (43-47 cm), Female: 16-17.5 inches (41-45 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Norwegian Buhund average height:
Male: 17-18½ inches (45 cm), Female: 16-17½ inches (43 cm)

Norwegian Buhund Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Norwegian Buhund have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Norwegian Buhund's coat?
WheatenBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Norwegian Buhund and how often?
Effortless: The Norwegian Buhund requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Norwegian Buhund is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Norwegian Buhund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Norsk Buhund? Norwegian Buhund shedding level:
Norwegian Buhunds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Norwegian Buhund Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Norwegian Buhund have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AgileEnergeticFunnyLovingCourageousFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Norwegian Buhund? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Norwegian Buhund obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Norwegian Buhund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Norwegian Buhunds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Norwegian Buhund is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Norwegian Buhund sensitivity:
Norwegian Buhunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Norwegian Buhunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Norsk Buhund need? Norwegian Buhund social needs:
Norwegian Buhunds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Norwegian Buhund dogs bark a lot? Why does my Norwegian Sheepdog bark?
High: The Norwegian Buhund is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Norwegian Buhund good as a watchdog?
Norwegian Buhunds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Norwegian Buhunds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Norwegian Buhund dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Norwegian Buhunds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Norwegian Buhund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Norsk Buhund? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Norwegian Buhund? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Norwegian Buhund has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Norwegian Buhund do?
Norwegian Buhunds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Norwegian Buhunds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Norwegian Buhund to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Norwegian Buhund roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Buhund is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Norwegian Buhund have high prey drive?
Norwegian Buhunds have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Norwegian Buhund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Norwegian Buhunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Norwegian Buhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Norwegian Buhund dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Norwegian Buhund Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Norwegian Buhunds are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Norwegian Buhund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Norwegian Buhund and children:
Norwegian Buhunds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Norwegian Buhund dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Norwegian Buhunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Norwegian Buhund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Norwegian Buhund dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Norwegian Buhunds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Norwegian Buhunds good office dogs? Do Norwegian Buhunds make good office friendly dogs? Can Norwegian Buhunds be office dogs?
Yes
Norwegian Buhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Norwegian Buhund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Norsk Buhund temperament with senior people? Are Norwegian Buhund dogs good for elderly owners?
Norwegian Buhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Norwegian Buhund dogs get along with other pets? Are Norwegian Buhund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Norwegian Buhunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Norwegian Buhund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Norwegian Buhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Norwegian Buhund be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Norwegian Buhund is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Norwegian Buhund be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Norwegian Buhund is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Norwegian Buhund be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Norwegian Buhund is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Norwegian Buhund be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Norwegian Buhund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Norwegian Buhund be a boat dog?
Not really
Norwegian Buhund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Norwegian Buhund be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Norwegian Buhund is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Norwegian Buhund Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Norwegian Buhund dogs have health problems?
Norwegian Buhunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Norwegian Buhund breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Norwegian Buhund breed? Health risks of Norwegian Buhund:
Eye ProblemsHip DysplasiaVon Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy
How long do Norwegian Buhund dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Norwegian Buhund be?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Norwegian Buhund breed hypoallergenic?
No
Norwegian Buhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Norwegian Buhund have?
Norwegian Buhunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Norwegian Buhund dogs require per day?
Norwegian Buhunds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Norwegian Buhunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Norwegian Buhund need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Norwegian Buhund risk for obesity:
Average. The Norwegian Buhund has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Norwegian Buhund's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Norwegian Buhund can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Norwegian Buhund has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Norwegian Buhund drool?
The Norwegian Buhund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Norwegian Buhund could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Norwegian Buhund. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Norwegian Buhund Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Norwegian Buhund: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Norwegian Buhund have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Norwegian Buhund have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Norwegian Buhund Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Norwegian Buhund requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Norwegian Buhund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Norwegian Buhunds are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Norwegian Buhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Norwegian Buhunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Norwegian Buhunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Norwegian Buhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Norwegian Buhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Norwegian Buhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Norwegian Buhunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Norwegian Buhunds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Norwegian Buhunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Norwegian Buhund is strong enough to escape from home.

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