Norwegian Buhund

26-35 lbs
Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog, Nordiske Sitz-hunde

The Norwegian Buhund (pronounced nor-WEE-juhn BOO-hund) is an ancient spitz breed that dates back to the time of the Vikings. He was a multipurpose herding dog and his main job was to keep raptors from carrying off young livestock. He is alert and enjoys when he is the center of attention. Most Buhunds are very talkative and not only bark but yip, chortle, yodel and trill. He is a very active dog and does require extensive exercise to keep him happy. He does tend to get bored with things quickly, so when playing and training switch things up to keep him interested in what you are doing. 

purpose Purpose
Multipurpose Herding Dog
history Date of Origin
10th Century
ancestry Ancestry

Norwegian Buhund Health

Average Size
Male Norwegian Buhund size stats
Height: 17-19 inches Weight: 31-40 lbs
Female Norwegian Buhund size stats
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 26-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • None Known
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Hip And Eyes

Norwegian Buhund Breed History

Dogs that closely resembled the modern day Norwegian Buhund were found during the Gokstad excavation in Norway. This is the location of a massive Viking grave from about 900 A.D. During this excavation, six skeletons of various sized dogs were found and determined to be Spitz in type and closely related to the Norwegian Buhund. The Vikings would have their most cherished possessions buried alongside them and by finding these dogs in the grave; it meant that the Vikings truly treasured these multipurpose dogs. The Norwegian Buhund would travel with the Vikings on their sea voyages and across rugged terrain. However, the modern Buhund is more refined and less capable of traversing rough terrain. These dogs came mainly from the western coastlands of Norway and were not traveling companions of the Vikings but rather farm guard dogs and herders. The Norwegian Buhund is only sparely used as a herding dog within his native Norway, however, his protective instincts have been put to work and he has been used for police work. He also excels as a hearing dog for the hearing impaired. He is not an overly popular breed and it was not until the 1920s that the first Norwegian Buhund was shown in conformation shows. An official breed club, Norsk Buhundklubb, was created in 1939 in Norway. The first Norwegian Buhunds to be imported in the United States was in the 1980s. In 1996, the United Kennel Club officially recognized the Norwegian Buhund and classified him as a Northern breed. In 2009, the American Kennel Club also officially recognized him and classified him as a Herding breed. 

Norwegian Buhund Breed Appearance

The Norwegian Buhund is considered to be a typical Northern breed of medium size. He is a well-muscled dog with the typical Spitz tail that curls over his back. He has a wedge-shaped head and ears that stand erect on the top of his head and are triangular in shape. The Buhund has oval shaped eyes that are very dark brown, light colored eyes are not desirable. His eye rims and lips are black. His nose is black; a self-colored or brown nose is not acceptable in the show ring. His topcoat is dense and hard to the touch. It should lie close to his body. His undercoat is also dense but is soft to the touch. The hair on his head and the front of his legs is short whereas the hair on his neck, chest, tail and back of his thighs is longer. The hair on the trunk of his body is of medium length. The Norwegian Buhund can be found in wheaten or black. He can have small bits of white on his chest, feet and tip of the tail. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Norwegian Buhund eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Norwegian Buhund nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Norwegian Buhund coat
cream Norwegian Buhund coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Norwegian Buhund straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Norwegian Buhund Breed Maintenance

 The Norwegian Buhund has a dense or thick coat that is relatively easy to care for and should be brushed several times a week; when he is shedding heavily he will require daily brushing using a slicker brush or a natural bristle brush and a comb. A deshedder may also be beneficial when he is shedding heavily. He does tend to shed year round so do expect to have hairs on your furniture and clothing if you do not keep him brushed regularly to remove any loose or dead hairs. He generally does not require constant bathing as he does not have a strong doggy smell. Trim his nails every two to three weeks when they begin getting too long. His ears should be checked weekly and cleaned when necessary. The hair between his paw pads should be trimmed to keep him from tracking dirt or debris into the home and to keep snow or mud from balling up between his pads and causing discomfort. 

Brushes for Norwegian Buhund
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Norwegian Buhund requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Norwegian Buhund Temperament

The Norwegian Buhund is an excellent choice as a guard dog, although he is not known to attack. He is naturally wary of strangers and will sound the alarm when someone unknown approaches. The Buhund is extremely trainable but does still require a consistent and firm trainer or he will become the boss of the house. He is very vocal and will communicate with you through barking, trills, yips, yodels and chortles. People who are not used to the vocalization of a Buhund may not want to consider him for a pet. He is happiest when he is with is family and should never be kenneled alone or left out in the backyard with little socialization. The Norwegian Buhund does well with children and other small pets. He may exhibit tendencies to herd people, animals or even cars, this is why it is important to contain him in a sturdy fence. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Norwegian Buhund Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.6 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Norwegian Buhund Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Norwegian Buhund size stats at six months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Norwegian Buhund size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 15.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Norwegian Buhund size stats at 12 months
Height: 16.5 inches Weight: 30.0 lbs
Female Norwegian Buhund size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 24.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Norwegian Buhund size stats at 18 months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 35.5 lbs
Female Norwegian Buhund size stats at 18 months
Height: 17.0 inches Weight: 30.5 lbs

Norwegian Buhund Owner Experiences

4 Years
Catch treats
Agility training
This medium sized little ball of energy could be spotted for trouble a mile away. The first time we met I arrived to find the New York Times shredded all across the living room and in a trail all the way to the bed. I joked that he was an anti-intellectual, but in all actuality, this was not true at all. He is bred to work and requires an extensive expenditure of energy every day otherwise he is likely to get into something. To make matters a bit more difficult in regard to raising a Buhund in the city, because they are herding dogs, they can't be entirely trusted around other dogs and particularly smaller dogs. Although the buhund that I was walking was absolutely happy to play with other dogs, the interpretation of his round-up, poke, and circle behavior appears to come off as somewhat aggressive to other dogs. Since he seems to believe he is only doing his job, it doesn't appear to compute when another dog responds with alpha behavior toward him. I absolutely loved his disposition, but I'd certainly keep my newspaper a bit higher if I had him around.
4 years, 11 months ago
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