Norwegian Buhund: Dog Breed Profile

Country of origin: Norway
Shoulder height: 41 – 47 cm
Weight: 12 – 20 kg
Age: 12 – 13 years
Color: black, wheaten
Use: companion dog, guard dog, sports dog

The Norwegian Buhund is a medium-sized spitz-type dog with a lot of movement and a willingness to work. It is lovingly devoted to its people, and it learns quickly and happily but also needs a lot of varied activities to be busy.

Origin and history

The Norwegian Buhund is an old Nordic breed of dog that dates back to the 17th century. The ancestors were used by Norwegian farmers for herding cattle, hunting, and as guardians of houses and yards. The name of the breed is derived from “Bu” = farm or homestead. In 1943 the Buhund was recognized as a breed by the FCI. After the First World War, the Norwegian Buhund became somewhat more popular outside of its homeland.


The Buhund is a medium-sized, roughly square-built dog of the spitz type. He has an alert expression, his ears are triangular and erect, and his tail is carried tightly curled over his back.

The coat consists of a plentiful, thick outer coat and a lot of soft undercoats. The hair is relatively short on the head and front of the legs, and longer on the neck, chest, hind thighs, and tail. Coat color can be wheaten – with or without dark-colored tips and mask – or solid black.


The Norwegian Buhund is a very alert, alert, and alert dog. It is an excellent watchdog and – like many Spitz breeds – tends to bark. It is reserved for suspicious strangers, it hardly tolerates other dogs in its territory. It has a very close relationship with its people. It needs a close family connection and bears being alone badly. With loving consistency, the intelligent and eager-to-learn Buhund is easy to train.

Buhunds need a lot of varied activity and exercise and love to be in the great outdoors. They are very eager to work and can be enthusiastic about many dog ​​sports activities such as agility, obedience, or dog frisbee. The main thing is that body and mind are constantly challenged. If not exercised to full capacity, the spirited Buhund can become a problem dog.

The Buhund is an ideal companion for sporty people who bring a lot of time for play, attention, and activity and who can do justice to the active nature of the Buhund.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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