The Norwegian Buhund is considered to be a direct descendant of the dogs used by the first settlers in Norway.
Remains of spitz-type dogs have been found in the oldest archeological sites.
The breed’s name is derived from the old Norwegian term “bu”, which refers to such concepts as “farm”, “hut” and “livestock”, thus indicating the Buhund’s original use as a farm and herding dog.
It was used for herding cattle and small livestock, but also reindeer and pigs. In many areas of the country, every farm had its Buhund. The dogs often lived in the barn, and herded the animals when they were put to pasture in the daytime.
Although the Norwegian Buhund is athletic and needs a lot of exercise, at the end of the day, he is thrilled to curl up beside his family and relax.
A trustworthy dog with children and other animals, the Buhund is a pleasant and genuinely loving addition to any active family.
Few people knew about the Norwegian Buhund until John Saeland stepped in and began to promote the breed. He also founded the Norsk Buhund Club.
The Norwegian Buhund is a typical spitz dog, slightly below medium size. The Buhund is squarely built and has a dense, flat-lying coat. The ears are pointed and erect and their shape and size should harmonize with the head shape. The tail is carried firmly curled over the back.
The Norwegian Buhund was traditionally a herding dog, and is often preferably used to herd sheep, especially in large sheep drives.
The breed is also used somewhat for hunting, e.g. in elk hunting.
Due to its excellent learning abilities, the Buhund is now also being used for other purposes.
The Buhund should be fed a diet of high-quality, dry kibble. It’s best to use a food that has been formulated for high-energy dogs.
The Norwegian Buhund does very well in events such as obedience, herding and agility trials. This breed has also been used for service, search and police work. His versatility and intellect make him a great all around dog.
On the average, the Buhund lives between 12 and 15 years.
Norwegian Buhund puppies should be started on obedience training shortly after arriving to their new home. This is the best time to start socializing the puppy as well. Training and socialization will help the pup have a strong affinity for learning and people.