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Norwegian Buhund

NorwegianBuhund

A Perceptive Herding Dog

Active, loving, loyal

Norwegian Buhunds are intelligent, affectionate, and energetic medium-sized dogs. They love people and get along well with children and strangers. Ideal owners for these cuddly dogs are families, outdoor enthusiasts, and active singles. They do best living indoors, but need some running space outdoors. They need daily exercise, so a long walk or a brisk jog are great activities for these dogs.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:16-18.5 in. Weight:26.5-40 lb Lifespan:13-15 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Norwegian Buhunds are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active to prevent boredom. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They are highly energetic and excel at dog sports like agility, herding, and obedience.

Grooming: They need a thorough brushing at least weekly most of the year. Once or twice a year they blow their coat and lose crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time.

Dental: Norwegian Buhunds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry — your veterinary will show you how!

  • Care

    Routine Care: Norwegian Buhunds are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active to prevent boredom. That's when the naughty stuff starts. They are highly energetic and excel at dog sports like agility, herding, and obedience.

    Grooming: They need a thorough brushing at least weekly most of the year. Once or twice a year they blow their coat and lose crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time.

    Dental: Norwegian Buhunds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry — your veterinary will show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Norwegian Buhunds are extremely intelligent and less independent than other breeds in the Spitz family. Their inherent desire to please makes them highly trainable.

    Positive Traits:

    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Plenty of stamina

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    • Outgoing with a friendly personality

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • Independent and headstrong

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Norwegian Buhund to your family or you already have one as a companion, it's important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Norwegian Buhund has these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Norwegian Buhund, you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet owner. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your pet counts on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Norwegian Buhund could encounter:

  • History

    The Norwegian Buhund can trace their beginnings back to traveling with the Vikings. Recently, they have been used as an all-purpose farm and herding dog. Buhunds are often trained in police work and as guide dogs. The Buhund is tireless and athletic breed which makes them a terrific jogging or biking partner. They are wonderful with children and enjoy playing ball or frisbee in the yard. The Norwegian Buhund is an affectionate and cheerful companion, but they do require ample training and exercise.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Norwegian Buhund shows signs of the following:

    • Cloudiness to eye lens 

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping” 

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

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