Norwegian Buhund

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Norwegian Buhund History

The Norwegian Buhund is a working small terrier-type canine. The Norwegian Buhund is descended from the Roughhaired Fox Terrier, the English White Terrier, the Scottish Skye Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont, and the Staffordshire Bullterrier. The Norwegian Buhund is believed to have originated from the rough-coated white fox terrier (which itself is thought to be of Swedish origin). The ancestral stock may have included other terrier types such as the smooth-coated white English White Terrier and the black-and-tan Scottish Skye, as well as the Dandie Dinmont and bull-and-terrier type. The origin of the modern Norwegian Buhund is obscure. The Kennel Club first recognised the breed in 1922, and the Norwegian Kennel Club followed suit in 1927. Now, however, the breed is recognised by only a few kennel clubs. In 1979, the FCI refused to register the breed, arguing that it was too similar to the Jack Russell, and because danes and collies were used in its development.

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Norwegian Buhund Physical Characteristics

The Norwegian Buhund is a small, medium- sized breed of working dog. They have a rough, shaggy double coat with long hair over the eyes, ears and tail. They have a round head with a blunt muzzle. They have large, almond-shaped eyes and a pointed, erect ear. Their legs are short and straight. The males are generally larger than females. The Norwegian Buhund is an intelligent, friendly, playful, affectionate and alert breed.

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Coat Colors

Black, Cream

Height Range

Male Height Range: 17 – 19 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 18 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 31 – 40 lbs

Female Weight Range: 26 – 35 lbs

Norwegian Buhund Health

Description of breed health.


13-15 yrs

Norwegian Buhund Health Concerns

Cataracts, Hip Dysplasia, None Known

Norwegian Buhund Temperament and Behaviour

The Norwegian Buhund is a highly intelligent and courageous breed of domestic dog. They are generally friendly and cheerful, but can be prone to stubbornness. They require daily exercise to keep them stimulated, and they are not recommended for first-time dog owners.

Norwegian Buhund Activity Requirements

Norwegian Buhunds are small herding dogs that were originally bred to herd reindeer. Today, they are a popular pet and companion. Known for being intelligent, loyal, and affectionate, Buhunds are very trainable. As an active, high-energy dog, your Buhund will need plenty of exercise and stimulation. They are best suited to homes with yards where they can run around and play, but they are also well suited to apartment living. As long as they get enough exercise and attention, a Buhund can be happy in just about any home.

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Daily Food

2.6 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Norwegian Buhund is part of the Herding group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Norwegian Buhund is part of the Pastoral group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Norwegian Buhund is part of the Working group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Norwegian Buhund is part of the Herding group.

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