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Norwegian Buhund

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Working Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 5)
Contact: Julie Burnett
Phone: 9557 3905

About the Norwegian Buhund


Background The Norwegian Buhund or "Norsk Buhund", a herding dog of the spitz group, is the farm dog of Norway. "Bu" in Norwegian means homestead or the mountain hut lived in by shepherds at the summer pastures, and "hund" of course means dog. Buhund taken along by the Vikings on their travels and colonizing journeys over 1,000 years were the ancestors of the Iceland Dog and influenced the collie breeds. Its exact origin has not been pinpointed but the Norwegian Buhund is a member of the Spitz family that has been known in Scandinavia even prior to the days of the Vikings. The Buhund has been considered a separate breed since the 1600s. Hund meaning "dog" and “bu” referring to both homestead and livestock sums up the purpose of the Buhund - a herding dog as well as a guardian of livestock and home. Besides working ability, Buhund are trained to aid the hearing handicapped, perform some types of police work, and score well in obedience and agility trials. In olden times they hunted bear and wolf. Today they work with livestock and guard home and family.

Average Lifespan About 13 to 15 years.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Buhund have the typical spitz characteristics of activity, self-confidence and independence, but are trainable and home-loving with less inclination to hunt than other spitz breeds, having been bred as herding dogs rather than as hunters and draft dogs. They are alert watch dogs but not prone to senseless barking. Affectionate and intelligent, they are excellent family companions and good with children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.  The Buhund possesses a fair amount of energy and welcomes the chance to work. Praised as a watchdog, his size makes him readily adaptable to city or country living provided he gets regular outdoor exercise. It barks to communicate, needs obedience training to establish reliable manners, and wants lots of playtime with its owner. The Buhund is considered by many researchers to be the easiest of the Spitz breeds to train due to their innate desire to please plus a quick learning aptitude. Their Spitz independence is an asset if they have to be left alone for awhile.

Compatibility with other pets Friendly and fun-loving, the Buhund gets along well with other dogs.

Care Requirements Buhund want lots of playtime with their owners. They are good retrievers and swimmers and will round up anything that moves. This is a very trainable breed. The Norwegian Buhund is very active and demands and gives lots of love and affection.

Ideal Owner/s It is an ideal size for a house dog and a great people lover. This is a very active breed that needs to be exercised every day. They greatly enjoy walks and sessions of play. They enjoy physical and mental stimulation and require consistent training as they can be headstrong. They like to be taught and learn very quickly.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Norwegian Buhund have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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