The Norwegian Buhund, lightly built, is medium sized, with a brave, energetic and friendly appearance. The head is sized proportional to be body, never heavy, wedge-shaped with a medium length muzzle. The ears are high inserted, erect and pointy; the neck is medium length, without being fleshy. The oval eyes are as dark brown as possible. The forelegs are clean and straight; the body strong and short, but light; the chest deep, and the back, straight with firm kidneys, slightly elevated. The hindquarters are strong and slightly angled. The tail is inserted high, short and strongly curled over the center of the back. The coat is tight and rough, but straight with a soft undercoat. Colors include biscuit and the mask and black are allowed. Small white patches are admitted. The Buhund stands at 46cm, the female slightly less.

If you need a “hund” for your “bu”, this is your dog! The Buhund (farm dog) descends from Norwegian shepherd dogs and celebrates its diversity as a shepherd, hunter and general farm helper.

The Norwegian Buhund’s temperament is fit for tasks such as guardian and guide dog. Its innate good disposition and great intelligence make it a pleasure to train and live with it.
A clean and natural breed, more popular in Europe, although it is a breed admitted in English shows, the Norwegian Buhund is one of the most adaptable dogs. Its versatile and balanced temperament has led it in performing many assistance jobs with the blind and deaf; it is ideal with children. It is exceptionally obedient, but a thinker, more than the Siberian Husky and many other Spitz type breeds, and very adaptable to the owner’s mood.
An eight week Buhund weighs 4 to 5 kg. The color at birth can have many different gray tonalities, lightening to its definitive color between 8 and 12 weeks. Later, the color will change little; the coat will become richer and gain clarity. The Buhund reaches maturity at different ages. Usually the maximum height is reached between 8 and 12 months; the weigh, between 12 and 14 months. Complete maturity can take up to two years. During adolescence the change from puppy to adult fur occurs. The double plush coat will need plenty of brushing during that time, as well as during the twice-yearly sheddings. The adolescent male can express its dominance, especially towards other dogs, for which proper socialization and training is a must.
Hunting in the US must be an event for a Buhund. Besides Norway and neighbor countries, England and Australia have a certain number of breeders.

The Norwegian Buhund descends from authentic work ancestors, and has developed to our days for its functionality and health. The Buhund needs a lot of exercise with its human family and consistent training (a breeder mentions the importance of teaching it “come” and “lay down” orders early); the breed loves to perform as a shepherd if given the opportunity. Hair care is not excessive, but the coat needs to be maintained, especially during seasonal shedding periods. Requirements as far as diet are not demanding, although the new owner is recommended to follow a breeder prescribed diet. The breed is free of most hereditary and congenital problems. English fans report concern for hereditary cataract, and thank the labor of a team of genetics experts and eye specialists, who working along with breeders have reduced this problem. The buyer should insist on parent eye exam certificates.