Features of the breed
History of Origin
For the first time, the Norwegian Buhund was found during the remains of the ninth-century Vikings. Scientists found that these dogs lived with the Vikings and accompanied them on their campaigns, also herding herds. Dogs soon became popular in Iceland, Greenland, and the Shetland Islands.
Dogs were actively used on farms, protecting herds, guarding territory, transporting goods, and hunting wild animals with their owners.
In the seventeenth century, the Norwegian Buhund began to be regarded as a separate breed of dog. But the breed found its worldwide popularity only in the 20s of the twentieth century. Then the Norwegian Kennel Club organized the first dog show dedicated to the Norwegian Buhund.
The breed received official recognition in 1943. Now the Norwegian Buhund is considered the national pride of Norway but is not often found globally.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Norwegian Buhund has an average height; the body is square. The head is slightly wedge-shaped with a moderately flat forehead. The muzzle is wide, with a very distinct transition from forehead to muzzle. The eyes are large, dark, oval. The ears are set high, triangular in shape, tips pointed.
The body is compact, muscular, and powerful. The legs are straight, with well-developed muscles.
The tail curls into a ring are high set and have a thick and dense coat. Males usually have 43-47 cm, bitches 41-45 cm. The males’ weight is also much more: 14-18 kg, while the females’ weight is 12-16 kg.
The hair of dogs is thick, tightly fitting to the body. It is short on the head. The undercoat is fluffy and very warm. The most extended hair is around the neck. Norwegian Buhund can have wheat, black or red color. There may be white spots on the chest and limbs.
The Norwegian Buhund has a true Scandinavian character. He is loyal, reliable, smart, intelligent, and treats people well. Buhund loves to play with children and spend a lot of time around people. Pets are always ready to protect their territory and fight back against other dogs.
The Norwegian Buhund has excellent watchdog qualities. He will gladly guard his territory because he has the instinct of a master.
The Norsk Buhund can dominate other animals in the house and be disobedient as a teenager. But overall, they are obedient and loyal to their owner.
A disadvantage of the breed is the inherently loud barking. But if properly trained from an early age, the dog can easily cope with it.
The Norwegian Buhund needs constant long walks. It will be difficult for them to live in a city apartment because they tend to make a lot of noise and be active, especially at night.
They need a large area where they can easily get all their energy out. Thanks to its thick coat, the Buhund can easily live in the yard of a private home in any weather.
The good thing about dogs is that they do not tend to have a bad smell. Therefore, it is not recommended to bathe often. Several times a year is enough.
Several times a week, you should brush the coat with a special brush. Also, check the eyes, ears, and teeth. Do not forget about vaccinations and coat treatment against parasites.
Training and education should be given a lot of time, about several hours a day. The Norwegian Buhund is easy to train because they are naturally intelligent and can understand a person at a glance.
From an early age, you need to develop all your dog’s abilities because his behavior in the future depends only on you. The dog should not be yelled at or criticized too much. Praise and tasty rewards work best for him. They will always try to please their owner.
Norwegian Buhunds are rarely sick; they have strong health and an immune system. It is common for them to have hip dysplasia. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor that as a puppy carefully, Buhund does not run too much and has an acceptable amount of exercise.
A Norwegian Buhund should eat healthy, quality food. They can be given dairy products, meat (not fatty), beef, horse meat, mutton, chicken meat. It is also useful to give by-products, vegetables, and fruit.
They should not eat sweets, bread, yeast baked goods. You can add olive or linseed oil to your food; they are good for the body. Vitamins and minerals can also be given.