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Norwegian Buhund Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

AKC Group: Herding Group


The Norwegian Buhund is associated with a huge category of dogs known as the Spitz type. This dog was used to herd sheep in Norway. Today they make great guard dogs, and they are easy to groom.

History

The Norwegian Buhund dog having a curled tail and prick ears, was nurtured in the rainy west coastlands of Norway. Where they herded lambs, hunted wolf and bear, and protected farms. Predecessors of the Buhund going with the Vikings on their many travels are actually recorded dating back to the year 900.

Physical Features

This Norwegian Buhund is a herding breed. It's a usual northern breed, just a little below moderate size and squarely developed. The tail is curled and usually hangs over the back.

They normally stand 17 to 18.5 inches tall, with females standing at 16 to 17.5 inches tall. Weight normally ranges from 25 to 45 pounds, with males being the heaviest.

The external coat is wide and rough, instead soft lying. The inner coat is dense and soft. The coat in front of legs and on the head is relatively short. The coat at the back of thighs, chest and neck is longer. Wheaten - Any color to bright orange from pale cream, without or with dark tipped hairs; very little white as it can be; black mask okay. Ideally without excessive bronzing.

Personality

Norwegian Buhund is active, attentive, cheerful, intelligent, untiring and vigilant. Very loving, they love snuggling and giving kisses. A great watch dog, it is vocal and brave but not intense. It's not likely to snap or bite except if triggered and made to believe they're alpha above the humans due to not enough leadership.

Common Health Problems

Norwegian Buhunds are susceptible to hip dysplasia and inherited eye issues.

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