Norwegian Buhunds

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With a prick ear, double coat and curled tail, this breed belongs to the versatile Spitz family. They were bred to herd livestock and guard home and family. Smart and independent, they were often sent by themselves up into the mountains to gather and fetch the sheep. Known as the most trainable of the Spitzes, they have also been also used as hearing impaired and police dogs.


Full of character, Norwegian Buhunds makes a great pet for families that want an active and versatile companion. They are happiest with a job, even if that is being a babysitter. He is a vocal breed; he won’t bark at “nothing” but can easily decide to comment on the trees moving in the backyard, the clouds moving across the sky…. Definitely not a hypo-allergic dog, he sheds regularly and is either wheaten or black in color.



Historical records have found evidence of this breed in the western reaches of Norway as far back as 800 AD. But in the early 20th century, the breed was threatened with extinction. Jon Saeland took inventory in 1920 and a breed standard was developed six years later. He was accepted into the AKC Herding Group in 2009.

By the Numbers

Size: More medium really than “small” this breed squeezes into our website as an acceptable dog for apartments accepting “dogs under 30 lbs.”. Dogs should be 17 ½ to 18 inches at the shoulder, females 15 to 17 ½ inches.

Coat Care: 2 Needs no trimming and only an occasional bath. Needs regular brushing to keep the shedding manageable.

Trainability: 9: This is the most trainable of all Spitzes. They require the smartest of owners to keep up with them.

Energy level: 8:  They are high energy and definitely do best with a job.

Good with Children: 8: They like kids, and are always ready for the next game.

Noise level: high: 8: This is a breed with a lot to say. But being also highly trainable, they can be taught to quiet down.

Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 1: This is not a hypoallergenic dog.


Thinking about getting a Buhund? Check out What Makes a Responsible Breeder, then make sure to tick off your own boxes with What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner. Ready? To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the Norwegian Buhund Club of America.


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