Last Updated: July 27, 2017
The Norwegian Buhund dog breed is a very intelligent, independent, and eager to please dog. This breed of dog can handle all kinds of jobs and sports easily. This breed needs lots of attention and exercise. He is also a quick learner.
The Norwegian Buhund originated in Norway. His main purpose in life was to herd livestock and guard the family farm. Thus, he is classified as a herding dog. His best trait is that he really wants to please his human counterparts. When you combine that with his intelligence and his independence you end up with a dog that is highly trainable and capable of doing almost anything. Currently they are used as hearing dogs, police dogs, and competitor dogs in agility and obedience trials. He is a good warning watchdog because he is constantly alert and will bark at strangers. Although his bark is more of an invitation to the stranger to come over and give him some attention. Because of this friendliness he does not pose any real threat to strangers.
Being an active and tireless breed of dog he needs a lot of vigorous exercise and plenty of playtime each day. He is a very affectionate dog that enjoys a good cuddle and lots of interaction with children and a good, brisk romp in the park with his family. This dog wants and craves interaction with people and other dogs. He won't want to be left out of anything.
Characteristics of the Norwegian Buhund
- Does the Norwegian Buhund adapt well to apartment living?
- Being quiet, low energy, fairly calm indoors, and polite with the other residents, are all good qualities in an apartment dog. These are all qualities of this particular breed of dog. Although, this dog does much better in a place with a fair-sized backyard for them to run around in whenever they want. Something an apartment doesn't offer. (See List of Dogs Not Well Suited to Apartment Living.)
- Are Norwegian Buhunds a good choice for novice dog owners?
- This breed of dog can be difficult for a novice dog owner to handle. This doesn't mean that they are not recommended for a novice owner. It does mean that they are a good choice of dog if you want to improve your dog owner's abilities to handle tougher breeds.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds sensitive to being reprimanded?
- This breed of dog will not be overly offended if reprimanded. However, you should not over reprimand these dogs as they might develop some sort of neurosis because of the constant scolding. They are even capable of tolerating higher noise levels than other dogs as well as very active households. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Sensitivity Level.)
- Does the Norwegian Buhund tolerate being alone?
- One of the good characteristics about this breed of dog is that they do not mind being alone for extended periods of time. For families where the parents work while the children are at school this is a good choice of dog. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Being Alone.)
- How well does the Norwegian Buhund tolerate cold?
- These dogs have a fairly dense coat that protects them quite well from the elements. However, they should not be kept outdoors. The best climate for these dogs is a moderate environment where it neither gets too hot nor too cold. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Cold Weather.)
- How well does the Norwegian Buhund tolerate hot weather?
- These dogs have a fairly dense coat. Dogs with such types of coats tend to overheat quickly in hot weather. If you live in such an environment then you should keep the dog indoors in an air-conditioned place so that they don't overheat.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds family friendly?
- This breed of dog is an excellent choice for a family dog. They are loyal, passionate towards all family members, gentle, and loving. They do like being around children but, as with any dog, make sure that you provide a place for them to retreat to if they want to have some alone time to unwind. This private space should be a low traffic area of the house.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds kid friendly?
- This breed of dog is a good choice for a household with children. It is important, though, that you provide a place for the dog to retreat to when he has had enough with the children and wants to be alone. This private place should be an area of the house that has very little traffic. It is important to remember that all dogs are individuals. Sometimes you might get a dog from a breed that is normally considered to be kid friendly and later on find that they really don't like children. It is always a good idea to supervise any dog and child interaction so that you can step in if necessary. (See List of Kid Friendly Dogs.)
- Are Norwegian Buhunds friendly towards other dogs?
- As with any dog this is an individual dog personality trait. Normally these dogs are friendly with other dogs. The only thing that really helps a dog to get along with other dogs is proper social skills. For best results dogs should be raised with other dogs throughout their puppyhood. If this is not possible enrolling them in a puppy training school will help to provide the social skills that they need to get along with other dogs.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds friendly towards strangers?
- Again, this is an individual dog trait. Each dog is different. The better the social skills of the animal the better they will get along with strangers. On average these dogs are not overly scared of strangers nor are they overly confident with strangers.
- Do Norwegian Buhunds shed a lot?
- This breed of dog is considered to be a moderate shedder except during the two times each year when they basically dump their coats in the spring and fall. During the heavy shedding periods they will require a good brushing on a daily basis to help keep the amount of hair around the house down to a minimum.
- Do Norwegian Buhunds drool a lot?
- Yes they do. Some breeds of dogs are constant droolers. Even though the Norwegian Buhund is not a constant drooler when they do drool it usually flows out of their mouth.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds easy to groom?
- Some breeds that have a dense coat can be a nightmare to groom. This breed of dog is actually quite easy to groom. They absolutely love the attention that they get during the grooming process and are quite content to remain quite still during the whole process.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds a healthy breed of dog?
- Generally this breed of dog is quite healthy. However, due to poor breeding practices from puppy mills and other mass breeders sometimes you can get a dog that is prone to certain genetic health problems. When getting a pup you should go to a reputable breeder who will provide you with information about the physical health of your potential pup's parents and other relatives. (See List of Dogs That Are Prone To Health Problems.)
- Do Norwegian Buhunds have trouble maintaining their weight?
- Generally this breed of dog will maintain its proper weight if they are properly fed with a good nutritional food and get plenty of exercise and other activity. This is something that you should aim for as an overweight dog is more susceptible to heart problems and other disease which come with being overweight.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds big dogs or small dogs?
- This breed of dog is considered to be an upper mid-sized dog. The true question here in regards to the dog's size is how much space do you have at your place for this dog? Even a small dog can seem like it's too big if both you and the dog are always in each other's way if the house is cluttered with a lot of furniture and other stuff.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds easy to train?
- Each dog is different in this category. The Norwegian Buhund requires a moderate level of persistence for training. If you compliment the training sessions with a reward system then you should have no trouble training this breed of dog.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds intelligent dogs?
- These dogs do have a reasonable good level of intelligence. They are really good at finding ways of escaping from the backyard. If you challenge their intelligence you may find yourself to be quite amazed when you see them thinking over the problem and solving it.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds mouthy animals?
- A mouthy animal is not one that barks or makes constant noise. A mouthy animal is one that tends to nip, chew, and play-bite. This breed of dog is considered to be a low level mouthy animal. They tend to nudge and butt people and other dogs when they play or use their paws to restrain their playmates.
- Do Norwegian Buhunds have a strong prey drive?
- This dog was not bred to be a hunter. Instead it was basically used as a companion dog as well as a low-level work dog or herding dog.
- Do Norwegian Buhunds have a tendency to bark or howl?
- As a barker or howler this breed of dog is quite quiet. That does not mean that they don't bark or howl. It does mean that they most probably won't be set off by strange noises and/or people.
- Do Norwegian Buhunds tend to wander away?
- If given the chance these dogs will wander quite a distance from you if they are not on a leash. Therefore, it is always a good idea to keep them on a leash when you take them for a walk to prevent them from getting lost or being injured by traffic.
- What is the energy level of the Norwegian Buhund?
- These dogs are fairly high energy and require daily exercise and plenty of activity in their lives. If you are not an active person then this breed of dog is not for you. If you like to jog this dog would make a great jogging companion for you. Long walks are also a great activity that you can both enjoy together.
- Do Norwegian Buhunds have a high intensity level?
- Some dogs are very intense in all of their activities. This is no exception for this breed of dog. These dogs were originally bred to do work. This gives them a great deal of stamina. Probably more than you do. For this reason this dog will do well with people who are very active themselves and who can incorporate a dog into their active lifestyles.
- Do Norwegian Buhunds require a lot of exercise?
- Yes. This is an active dog that was bred to work. For this reason they require two twenty to thirty minute periods each day where they must do some physical activity. Without this type of activity they tend to get bored and may become destructive in the house.
- Are Norwegian Buhunds playful dogs?
- This breed of dog is very playful. For a family that is active or that has children this breed of dog would make an excellent companion for the whole family.
Size of the Norwegian Buhund
This breed of dog is not a real medium-sized dog. He is more of a large small-sized dog. Typically a male Buhund stands at 17 to 18.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 31 to 40 pounds while females are a little smaller at 16 to 17.5 inches tall and 26 to 35 pounds.
Coat, Color, and Grooming of the Norwegian Buhund
The Norwegian Buhund has a soft, dense undercoat topped by a thick, hard outer coat. It comes in wheaten — pale cream to bright orange, with or without dark-tipped hairs and as little white as possible — or black, with as little white as possible. The coat on the head and front of the legs is shorter than on the rest of the body.
His coat is fairly easy to care for, needing only a good brushing several times a week. During shedding seasons, daily brushing sessions are a good idea.
Brush your Buhund's teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and the bacteria that lurk inside it. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
Trim his or her nails once or twice a month if your dog doesn't wear them down naturally to prevent painful tears and other problems. If you can hear them clicking on the floor, they're too long. Dog toenails have blood vessels in them, and if you cut too far you can cause bleeding — and your dog may not cooperate the next time he sees the nail clippers come out. So, if you're not experienced at trimming a dog's nails, ask a vet or groomer for pointers or to do the job for you.
The ears should be checked weekly for redness or a bad odor, which can indicate an infection. When you check your dog's ears, wipe them out with a cotton ball dampened with gentle, pH-balanced ear cleaner to help prevent infections. Don't insert anything into the ear canal; just clean the outer ear.
Also, begin accustoming your Buhund to being brushed and examined when he's a puppy. Handle his paws frequently (dogs are touchy about their feet) and look inside his mouth. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you'll lay the groundwork for easy veterinary exams and other handling when he's an adult.
As you groom, check for sores, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, or inflammation on the skin, in the nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet. Eyes should be clear, with no redness or discharge. Your careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early.
Children and Other Pets
Norwegian Buhunds make great pets for households with children. They can be very tolerant of children, but like all other dogs, should be supervised when around young children.
Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's eating or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Norwegian Buhunds do get along with other dogs but it is still important to take your puppy to socialization classes. This gets them used to other dogs and also to people, although they are also very affectionate to strangers. Socialization teaches puppies how to behave and greet other dogs and their owners.
Norwegian Buhund Rescue Groups
The following list of organizations can help to put you in touch with an organization rescue group in your area:
- The American Kennel Club
- The Norwegian Buhund Club of America
- The Norwegian Buhund Club of The UK
- Norsk Buhundklubb
Last Updated: July 27, 2017
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