Breeds 101

Norvegian Buhund


The Norwegian Buhund belong to the Spitz type of dogs. These dogs travelled with Vikings, by sea and by land.

The word bu means shed or stall in Norwegian, hinting at this breed’s original function; The Norwegian Buhund has a strong herding instinct and thrives on physical activity, and was originally used to pull sleds and as a hunter’s companion.

When Vikings died, their necessary and cherished possessions were buried alongside their owners; These Buhunds, who protected farms and herded cattle and sheep, were expected to continue these duties in the afterlife.

The Norwegian Buhund become increasingly popular in Great Britain, and has been successfully used in Australia as a sheepdog.

Inherited eye and hip problems sometimes occur in the breed; it is an excellent companion, and is good with children.; it is a fine watchdog and is easy to obedience train.

Today, the Norwegian Buhund serves as a guard dog and a companion.


Medium: Females: 17 inches, 26 to 35 pounds; Males: 17 to 18 inches, 31 to 40 pounds.


Black, wheaten and red.


Highly cheerful, active vigilant, intelligent and attentive; very affectionate; a natural watchdog; love their family and are known for their fondness of children; perceptive, confident and total sweetheart.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Owners who live active lifestyles, or are seeking a dog with which they can become involved in dog sports; it is an ideal dog for people who are athletic and desire a dog to go running, hiking or biking with. This breed makes an excellent companion for a sports enthusiast.


These dogs like to be taught and learn very quickly; It’s a very trainable breed; it is very active and needs a lot of exercise; it needs obedience training to establish reliable manners; This breed needs to be exercised every day, with a long, brisk walk or jog; they greatly enjoy sessions of play. Brushing weekly will be fine, but extra brushing is required when the dog is blowing coat twice a year.

Life expectancy:

13 to 15 years.