Norwegian Buhund
Noruega FCI 237 . Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.

The Norwegian Buhund It is usually excellent obedience and dog agility competitions.



The Norwegian Buhund (Norsk Buhund, Nordiske Spitz-Hunde, Norwegian Sheepdog or Pastor Noruego) is a breed of dog Spitz type of Norwegian origin which is closely related to the races Icelandic Sheepdog (Icelandic Sheepdog) and Swedish Elkhound.

The name Buhund "derived from the Norwegian word"BU”, meaning farm, farm or mountain refuge, place where he lived the pastor while tending his flock in the summer. The Norwegian Buhund used as a grazing dog and as a watchdog.

As we said, the Norwegian Buhund belongs to a class of dogs called the type Spitz. All of them have in common the pointed ears and curled tail. Within the races Spitz, There is much variation in terms of size, to the coat and the color.

The Norwegian Buhund is a very ancient race, "part of the existing documentation on the excavation of the"Gokstad ship"buried on the farm in Sandar Gokstad", Sandefjord, Vestfold (Norway) in 1880, contains in addition to the great discovery, they found a Viking grave (that it dated back to the year 900) in which lay the skeleton of a man between 50 and 70 years of age, and its about the skeletons of six dogs of different sizes, similar to Norwegian Buhund of our times.

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This famous archaeological research was directed by Nicolay Nicolaysen (1817-1911) a well-known antiquarian and Norwegian archaeologist. He was a founding member of the Society for the preservation of Norwegian ancient monuments, which presided in 1851. The findings of this research are exhibited today in the In Oslo Viking Ship Museum.

Returning to the skeletons of found dogs along with the Tomb Viking, scholars of the subject, pose that these dogs were the ancestors of modern Buhund. And they were there, because in those days when the Vikings of dying, necessary and precious possessions were buried with them. It was believed that they would need them in their future life.

In those days dogs Buhund farms and livestock farms were currently protecting, pastoreaba ovejas… according to their beliefs, They hoped that dogs continue carrying out their work in the more than. It has been documented that these dogs were with the Vikings on many of his travels, by sea and land.


Physical characteristics

Returning to the present day the Norwegian Buhund has a rather square profile, are medium-sized and long legs, well takes a tail wrapped around the center of the back. The head is wedge-shaped, with well erect ears and nose of black.

According to the standard of the Norwegian Buhund the height at the cross goes from 43,2 - 45,8 cm., the females are slightly smaller than males. The weight of the males is of 15 - 18 Kg and females of 12 - 16 Kg.

The colors of the coat may be:

  • Wheat: It includes any shade of colour ranging from pale cream to cream darker, with or without dark markings on the tip of the hair, It is possible to display the color white, but will have to be tiny, the black mask is acceptable.
  • Solid black: with areas where the color white is allowed, for example, a narrow white ring around the neck, a narrow white tuft in the face, a small spot of white hairs on the chest (by way of tie), at the end of the legs and the tail. In United Kingdom the "Wolf Sable" colour (Wolf Sable)”, also permitted, According to the Kennel Club's breed standard.

The Norway Buhund is prone to suffer from hereditary eye problems and hip dysplasia.

The hair coat of the Norwegian Buhund has an average length, the coat is easy to care for, post that is not entangled, a weekly brushing is enough.

Perhaps the hair when moved, need brushing more often, but is only a seasonal matter.

Character and skills

The Norwegian Buhund it's a very cheerful and active race. They never tire easily and require exercise daily and generous. The Norwegian Buhund is need to expel their energy because if it is not possible to appear destructive tendencies (break furniture, Objetos…).

Beyond its high level of activity and energy, they are also very affectionate and famous for his love for unconditional towards children.

Is a race of hyper loving, they love to give and receive affection of his family, that will form strong bonds. You will have a distant and distrustful behavior with strangers, but it is very smart so you will notice who is well received and will go in search of love. They are very sociable and somewhat ladradores, but he will never throw to bite if there is no provocation.

The Norwegian Buhund, also, He is very stubborn and shows a strong desire to learn new things, But if the stimulus is not the appropriate, It is safer to resort to destructive or inappropriate behavior. This is because they get bored easily and are restless. That is why it is necessary that they have ongoing activity.

This breed is ideal for homeowners that they can devote time and desire to exercise and training of your pet.

With this appetite for learning combined with its high level of energy and activity, the Norwegian Buhund he is usually an excellent dog in obedience and dog agility competitions.

This breed is an excellent companion for a lover of sports.

Norwegian Buhund Education

The Norwegian Buhund is smart and cooperative and likes to serve its people, learns quickly. Therefore, this dog's education is not a challenge for already experienced dog owners. Before moving in with a dog of this breed, beginners must deal intensively with their characteristics, as well as the training of dogs in general and especially as far as grazing dogs are concerned.

In addition to basic obedience, it is important that the Norwegian Buhund pay special attention to the control of barking and the training of loneliness from the age of the puppy: Of course you shouldn't leave your dog alone for long, but you must get used to the fact that he has to endure without his beloved human herd from a very young age. A game lesson for puppies, as well as visiting a canine school, are a good help for the Norwegian Buhund, who doesn't always get along with his congeners, familiarize yourself with other different canine characters and to socialize it more in this regard. With this vivacious four-legged friend, always remember that only a physically and mentally exhausted dog can be successfully trained – otherwise he'll look for a way out for his boredom.

Norwegian Buhund Health

The Norwegian Buhund are considered robust and weatherproof. The breed has largely been freed from hereditary diseases to this day. Occasionally there is an increased risk of painful dysplasia of the hip joint, as well as hereditary eye diseases. You can be sure if you only buy from a breeder who performs the proper preliminary exams with the parents' animals. Responsible breeding with technical knowledge is the best way to minimize the risk of inherited diseases.

Especially in summer, make sure your pet doesn't get too hot and changes sports activities in the early hours of the morning or late afternoon – After all, the Norwegian Buhund is designed for cooler climates.

The optimal diet of Norwegian Buhund

This active four-legged friend needs a proper workload for the species, as well as proper nutrition, to provide you with high-quality energy. Give your partner a grainless meal, but with a high meat content. This means that the meat must be at the top of the ingredients list. This applies to both dry and wet foods.

The manufacturer's feeding recommendations regarding daily rations can only be guidelines that you should adapt depending on your dog's constitution and actual activities. Snacks or treats can be both tasty and healthy. For example, opt for sugar-free dental care snacks or dried meat snacks to reward your dog. With dry chewables like cow's ears, you can meet their chewing needs. Weigh your adult dog regularly to counteract any possible weight gain or loss in time. Its Norwegian Buhund should always have enough fresh water available.

Norwegian Buhund Care

The dense fur of the Norwegian Buhund it's weatherproof and easy to care for, but loses it relatively in abundance, so it's best to leave the corduroy pants in the closet during the weeks of change of coat. The change of fur in spring and autumn can be shortened to a few days combing daily. Out of this “hairy period”, it's enough to comb your hair once a week.

Get your puppy used to the grooming ritual:

This not only prepares him to be combed in adulthood, but also reinforces the link. Dirt can be brushed from dry coat, in difficult cases helps clean the area with a damp cloth. Just give your Norwegian quadruped a bath every few months to protect the dog's skin. In this case, use a mild dog shampoo. Check your pet's eyes and ears regularly and clean them with an eye or ear cleaner if necessary. Older dogs, in particular, or those who walk almost exclusively on soft soils, may need help with claw care: Dedicate yourself to the pedicure if the claws become too long to prevent them from hooking painfully.

Where can I find a Norwegian Buhund?

You won't find a Norwegian Buhund in all cities – you often have to travel hundreds of miles or abroad to find a representative of this breed as a new family member. However, should remain selective and only buy from breeders who belong to a club and can give information on parental animal health care openly and with appropriate evidence. Ideally, you can visit the breeders at home before making a decision, despite being away, to exchange information about their upbringing, puppies, but also his personal experience with dogs. Because a serious breeder makes sure he only puts his protégés in an environment suitable for them.

Adult dogs are very difficult to find outside Scandinavia and the countries mentioned above. So if you're interested in an erro of this breed, you're looking for a new home, you should search the Internet on the Nordic dog club pages or contact these clubs. If required, can help you or have knowledge about dogs that are very similar to Norwegian Buhund or mixed races that could be considered. Some Nordic grazing dogs are similar in their character and exterior appearance, for example the Finnish Lapphund or the Icelandic Sheepdog. Keep your eyes open when you're looking for your partner, but also find out the history of your possible new partner to see if it is a good match for you and your environment.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types
  • Section 3: Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.. Without working trial.


  • FCI – Group 5 – Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs and Herders..
  • AKC – Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.
  • ANKC – Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.
  • CKC – Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.
  • ​KC – Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.
  • NZKC – Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.
  • UKC – Nordic Watchdogs and Herders.

FCI breed standard "Norwegian Buhund"

FCIFCI - Norwegian Buhund

Alternative names:

    1. Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog (English).
    2. Berger norvégien (French).
    3. Norsk Buhund (German).
    4. Pastor norueguês (Portuguese).
    5. Buhund, Pastor de Noruega (Spanish).
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