Breed standards

Norwegian Buhund

Breed standards are the official guidelines that describe the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential.

Last Updated: 02 Jul 2009

Kennel Club, London 1994

Group 5 (Working Dogs)

Lightly built, short compact body, fairly smooth-lying coat, erect pointed ears, curled tail carried over back.


Well balanced, medium size, free from exaggeration, and capable of arduous work.


Fearless, brave and energetic.

Head And Skull:

Head - lean, light, rather broad between ears, wedge shaped, narrowing towards point of nose. Skull and back of head almost flat; marked but not sharp stop; muzzle medium length, tapering evenly from above and side, straight bridge, lips tightly closed. Nose black.


Not protruding, dark brown, lively with fearless expression.


Placed high, erect, height greater than base; sharply pointed, very mobile.


Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition.


Medium length, lean without loose skin, moderately arched.


Legs lean, straight and strong, elbows tightly placed.


Strong, short, but light, chest deep with good ribs; straight line of back, firm loins, short couplings, slightly drawn up.


Legs strong and moderately angulated, straight when viewed from behind.


Rather small, oval in shape, toes tightly closed.


Set on high, short, thick, and hair longer on underside, tightly curled, and carried over back.


Without exaggeration, straight coming and going. From side; light active, with good stride.


Outer coat close, harsh, but smooth; undercoat soft and woolly. On head and front legs - short, close and smooth; longer on chest, neck and shoulders, back of legs and underside of tail.


Wheaten, black, red, (red not too dark), wolf-sable. Self-coloured but small symmetrical markings e.g. white on chest and legs, blaze on head and narrow ring on neck, black mask and ears and black tips to tail permissible.


Ideal height:
Dogs 45cms (18 ins)
Bitches somewhat less.

Weight in proportion to size.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.