The Norwegian Buhund: A Complete Guide

Before you go out and buy a new dog, you have to think long and hard about the type of dog that you want. Should the breed be large or small?

Do you want a spitz or a scenthound? There are so many different kinds of dogs that they are closer to different species than different breeds, and it can be a challenge to keep track.

Luckily, you won’t have to become an expert on dogs because I’m here to help you out with another complete guide to a dog breed.

Over the course of today’s article, I am going to be covering a purebred dog. To be specific, I’ll be taking a look at the Norwegian Buhund, a dog with much history behind it.

We’ll take a closer look at the specifics of the Norwegian Buhund soon, but I just want to give you an idea of what you can expect to see in this comprehensive guide about the dog breed.

We’ll start with what you can expect from Norwegian Buhund puppies, and then we’ll move on to the details on adults.

Norwegian Buhund Puppies – Before You Buy…

A close up of a happy Norwegian Buhund
If you buy a Norwegian Buhund, you will have to give it plenty of your time.

Of course, the best place to start is with the things that you need to know about Norwegian Buhund puppies.

Some of the aspects that we will cover may determine whether or not you want to consider ownership of the dog in the first place, like their price and the availability of breeders.

What Price are Norwegian Buhund Puppies?

This breed is on the smaller end of the medium-sized dog spectrum, but they have a relatively substantial body.

As you may know, larger dogs tend to go for a higher price, but the Norwegian Buhund tends to be a little more expensive than most other dog breeds of a similar size to it.

Of course, the high price of this breed is due to its relative rarity in America.

Seeing as the Norwegian Buhund is a dog from Norway (as is evident by the name), you may have some difficulty finding a breeder who will sell one for a reasonable price.

While we are on the topic of breeders…

Where to Find Reputable Norwegian Buhund Breeders?

If you have decided that a Norwegian Buhund is the right dog for you, then you will want to start looking into finding a breeder.

Unfortunately, these dogs are somewhat rare, though it is still possible to find a breeder in the USA. When you do find a breeder, you will want to be sure that you can trust them.

How do you make sure that your breeder cares about the dogs that they are raising, however? There are a few methods that you can use.

First off, gauge your breeder’s interactions with the puppies that are in their home when you visit. You should also ask around the community to find out if the breeder has had problems in the past.

3 Little-Known Facts About Norwegian Buhund Puppies

  1. The Norwegian Buhund’s name is a compound word in Norwegian. The “Bu-” portion of the name tends to refer to home, as these dogs are often seen as house companions, and the “-hund” portion of the name means dog.
  2. This breed is closely related to two other popular breeds in the same region of the world, and it is assumed that they all share a common ancestor. The Jamthund and the Icelandic Sheepdog are both quite similar to the Norwegian Buhund, but they all have some minor differences.
  3. Norwegian Buhunds have been respected by the inhabitants of their region throughout history, and there is evidence that they were companions to the Vikings. In fact, some sources point to Norwegian Buhunds sharing a place on ships with the Vikings and joining them on voyages and raids.

Physical Traits of the Norwegian Buhund

A white Norwegian Buhund looking to the side
The Norwegian Buhunds need around an hour and a half of exercise per day.

The Norwegian Buhund is a rather recognizable dog of the spitz variety, as is evidenced by their pointed snout and ears.

This dog breed features a coat that is typical of other dogs in the region, with a fluffy area around the neck to help keep the insulated as well as to provide scruff for the mother to grab them from.

As with many other northern dogs, the Norwegian Buhund has thick fur that is slightly coarse on the outermost layer, with the inner layers of fur getting progressively softer.

Norwegian Buhunds tend to be lighter than many other breeds, a feature that allows them to blend in with snowy surroundings.

Though the Buhund is a relatively small breed, you will find that it maintains its proportions well, much like other spitz dogs.

The tail on the Norwegian Buhund should curve over itself, as is typical with similar breeds. White markings are common on the chest, feet, mask area, and the tip of the tail.

How Big is a Full-Grown Norwegian Buhund?

As I have already mentioned, the Norwegian Buhund is a small dog, but it maintains its proportions surprisingly well.

There is also the fact that this dog’s fur often makes them look larger than they are. You may be surprised to learn how small these dogs are if you have only ever glanced at them.

Most dogs of this breed will weigh anywhere between 25 and 35 pounds, with male examples usually being slightly larger than the females.

There is less of a height difference between the genders, with the Buhund males being around 18 inches tall while the females are about 17 inches tall.

What is the Norwegian Buhund’s Life Expectancy?

Since the Norwegian Buhund is relatively small, you might expect it to have a longer life expectancy than average.

Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case for this breed, though they don’t have a lifespan that is shorter than most dogs, fortunately. Most dogs of this breed will live for 13 to 15 years.

While the life expectancy of the Norwegian Buhund is nothing disappointing, you will find that many other similarly sized breeds will live for a year or two more.

This shorter life expectancy isn’t due to any issues in particular as these dogs are relatively healthy; it is merely a fluke of genetics.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Norwegian Buhund

It also helps to know how you can expect your dog to act when you bring it into your home, and the same is true for the Norwegian Buhund.

Most of these dogs will offer more companionship than you may expect from a spitz, especially a medium-sized one.

The Norwegian Buhund is a dog that is ideal for nearly any living situation, demonstrating care and affection for any member of the family and quickly warming to guests.

While these dogs do tend to pick a favorite, they will still show love for anyone in the home who gives them attention (or food).

As with many northern spitz dogs, like the Malamute and the Husky, the Norwegian Buhund is a dog that likes to be heard.

Howls, barks, and all manner of other sounds will be common coming from a Norwegian Buhund, so make sure that your neighbors aren’t the type who is easily irritated!

The Norwegian Buhund’s Diet

A Norwegian Buhund licking snow off its nose
The Norwegian Buhund is a dog that is ideal for almost every living situation.

Before buying any dog, it helps to know exactly how much you can expect to spend to keep it adequately fed.

A lot of your upkeep costs will go towards ensuring that a dog has sufficient food in its bowl. Smaller breeds like the Norwegian Buhund often don’t have a massive appetite, though there are some exceptions.

Unfortunately for your wallet, the Norwegian Buhund is one of the heavier eaters in their size range.

Most of these dogs will eat around 2.5 cups of food per day, which is a massive amount for a dog in a class where most will consume about 1.5 to 2 cups of food every day.

How Much Exercise Does the Norwegian Buhund Need?

If you are hoping to bring a Norwegian Buhund into your home, you will need to have plenty of free time.

These dogs eat much more than other small dogs, and that energy all has to go somewhere. While the Buhund may be energetic around the house, that just won’t cut it for their exercise needs.

These dogs will need an hour and a half of exercise per day, which is quite a bit. Ideally, you will want to split up exercise duties between several members of your household.

If you live alone, you will have to be an incredibly active individual to be able to keep up with this dog.

Norwegian Buhund Health and Conditions

Unfortunately, there is not enough information about the Norwegian Buhund’s health to draw many conclusions. These dogs are prone to conditions that are common to most dog breeds.

Serious Issues:

  • Hip Dysplasia

Minor Issues:

  • Eye problems

3 Important Training Tips

The Norwegian Buhund is a bright dog and one that really loves to do right by his or her owner.

This is one breed of dog who likes to go out of his or her way to make you smile and know that he or she is doing the correct thing when it comes to training.

However, it’s still a good idea to keep on top of a few small training tips here and there to make life easier for both dog and owner.

  • Keep things positive

The Norwegian Buhund is a surprisingly sensitive soul, and so being scolded and told off gets under this dog’s skin.

While it’s important to reprimand our pets when they do wrong, when your Norwegian Buhund gets training lessons incorrect, don’t tell them off – it just dampens their desire to even try.

  • Break things up with playtime

Repeating lessons over and over and over just makes even the most patient dog want to act out after a while – they get bored.

For an active breed like the Norwegian Buhund this is especially true, so play a few rounds of fetch to reset your pet’s mind and leave them ready to take on the next lesson with you.

  • Go easy on the treats

Treats as positive reinforcement are as effective today as they have been for centuries – but feeding our dogs too much can really be an issue.

Because of that, having too many treats will certainly make your Norwegian Buhund want to do well in training, but will also bring long term health risks.

Use petting and praise to reward good training, and treats as the occasional exception rather than the rule.

My Final Thoughts on the Norwegian BuhundA Norwegian Buhund sitting on the grass

I hope that this guide has helped you decide whether or not the Norwegian Buhund is the right dog to bring into your home.

If you are not considering a new dog and just like to learn about different breeds, I also hope that I have been able to provide all of the information that you were searching for.

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