The Norwegian Buhund (farm dog) is a medium sized lightly built Spitz dog of ancient origins with records of the breed as far back as 870 AD. The Vikings took Buhunds with them to Iceland and Britain and so Buhunds may have been one of the foundation stocks for present day herding breeds. Buhunds are outgoing, affectionate and intelligent. Their original purpose was to herd and guard the cattle, sheep and other farm animals as well as guard the home. Buhunds excel in agility, obedience and conformation. They are excellent family pets and bond closely with their family, they do not do well when excluded from family life or when kept outside of the home in a kennel situation. Buhunds tend to be healthy and active with keen senses of smell, sight and hearing, with a low incidence of genetic problems such as hip dysplasia.
Buhunds have a medium length easy care double coat, the sleek outer coat naturally sheds dirt and mud so the dogs remain clean. Buhunds tend to clean themselves like cats, don't require a lot of maintenance and don't have that strong doggy odour of other breeds. They shed in the spring but a thorough brushing keeps the shedding under control. Norwegian Buhunds are about knee high, not too big, not too small, their size makes them ideal for city or country living. They do need regular exercise and enjoy going for walks.
Most Buhunds show instinctive herding behaviour and love to retrieve. Buhunds are quick learners and any unwanted behaviours can usually be corrected by the owner. Buhunds love to "work" and really enjoy agility and obedience training, they excel at games such as frisbee and fetch.
They are happiest when they are in the company of their families.
If you are looking for a wonderful companion to share your life and home, who will bond with your entire family, please consider a Norwegian Buhund.
Norwegian Buhunds are recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club. All our Norwegian Buhund breeding stock is registered with the CKC. There is also a Norwegian Buhund breed organization in Norway.