Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund has also been known as a Norwegian Sheepdog or a Norsk Buhund. The name comes from the Norwegian word “bu” which means farm, homestead, mountain hut, and stock (as in livestock); and the word “hund” meaning dog.

The breed originates from Norway and is a spitz type dog. The Norwegian Buhund is very closely related to the Icelandic Sheepdog and the Jamthund. With different colors ranging from a pale cream to a bright orange, the Norwegian Buhund has a square profile that many lovers of the Norwegian Buhund find appealing.

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The Norwegian Buhund has been given many jobs around the farm and the home. From an all-purpose farm and herding dog to a watch dog and a nanny dog as well, the Norwegian Buhund has been a very helpful breed for its many centuries as a pet.

Being full of love and tons of energy, the Norwegian Buhund makes for a great family pet. Even more, an active owner would do well with a Norwegian Buhund due to its love of activity.


The Norwegian Buhund belongs to the Spitz type dog breed, which are often larger dogs, but the size does vary. The Norwegian Buhund was mostly a dog found alongside the Vikings. Many skeletons of Norwegian Buhunds were found in tombs with Vikings. Usually Vikings were buried with their possessions because items were believed to go with them in the afterlife; this also meant their animals.

The Norwegian Buhund was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009.


The Norwegian Buhund is considered small to medium-sized dog. The average height of a male Norwegian Buhund is 17 to 18.5 inches, and a female Norwegian Buhund is around 17.5 inches in height. The weight average for a standard Norwegian Buhund male is 31 to 40 pounds and the female is between 26 to 35 pounds.


The normal personality of a Norwegian Buhund is to be highly cheerful and active. This breed has a lot of energy and may become destructive if not exercised enough. The Norwegian Buhund is known for becoming bored easily and that is where the destructive behavior comes in. This means plenty of play and exercise.

Norwegian Buhunds are also very intelligent animals. They love to be taught new things, and training is something that they enjoy. For people who love to be active and run, this is the type of dog to take with you on your runs or other activities.

Norwegian Buhunds are great with children with their loving and affectionate demeanors. They love to be held and even enjoy to be lap dogs often. They can; however, be wary or anxious of strangers. This can cause barking at random noises when they are younger, but with the proper training, it should not be an issue.

Being brave animals and also very communicative, the Norwegian Buhund is a good dog that rarely snaps or bites without provocation.


The Norwegian Buhund lives to be between 12 to 15 years on average and is a relatively healthy breed. But as with most breeds there may be a few health problems that come to fruition depending on the dog. Most Norwegian Buhunds are prone to inherited eye issues as well as hip dysplasia.

To keep your Norwegian Buhund as healthy as possible, it is important to go to all recommended visits to the veterinarian. Get all shots as needed and keep all vaccinations up to date.


Due to the active nature of a Norwegian Buhund, daily exercise is definitely required. It’s important that a Norwegian Buhund gets to run around and exercise to get rid of as much energy as possible.

Because of their high levels of energy, it is important for Norwegian Buhunds to get intensive training. They may jump up without the proper training, which could be problematic for children or other visitors. The Norwegian Buhund is a good learner, and because the breed is very smart, they are easy to train.

The coat is short to medium length and luckily it does not table or mat when it’s shedding. As with most breeds, the Norwegian Buhund needs to be brushed every week. When one of the two yearly shedding periods occur, more brushing will be needed to keep the coat in shape.


Here is a link to the Norwegian Buhund Club of America. Please check your local area for other rescues near you or to learn more about this breed.


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