Norwegian Buhund

Other name: Norwegian Shepherd

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Dog with a balanced personality, the Norwegian Buhund is a canine with the typical traits of the Spitz and Nordic varieties. Over the generations, he has been able to showcase his many qualities at work, both on the farm and in the home of his masters where he stands guard. One does not meet many representatives of this breed outside of Norway and Scandinavia, even in the United Kingdom, but with its interesting characteristics and aptitudes, the Norwegian Buhund deserves to be better known.



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Hair type Hard
Origin Norway
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 12 kg to 16 kg From 41 cm to 45 cm
Male From 14 kg to 18 kg From 43 cm to 47 cm
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History of the breed

Physical features

His coat : double, the top coat being thick, well supplied, hard, smooth and lying, while the undercoat is soft. It is longer on the neck, tail and chest, but shorter on the head and front of the limbs.
Its color : either wheat or biscuit, or black, preferably without marks or discolorations.
His head : cone-shaped. The skull is almost flat, the stop well marked and the nose is black.
His ears : medium in size, straight and pointed.
His eyes : oval in shape, dark in color and displaying an expression full of liveliness and assurance.
His body : powerful. The neck is strong and of medium length, the back and the loins short and straight, the chest well let down.
Its tail : covered with a thick hair, rolled up on the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Courage and liveliness are the main qualities of the Norwegian Buhund, whose energetic and friendly personality has also been known and appreciated for a long time. Independent, the Norwegian Buhund is nonetheless characterized by this desire to please his master, uncommon among the Spitz. An aspect that considerably facilitates his education. The Norwegian Buhund is also a very sensitive dog with a great joie de vivre . Playful , he enjoys the company of children and gets along quite well with his peers. We also recognize in this dog a powerful flair.

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Adoring to please his master, the Norwegian Buhund is more easily educated through positive methods , based on rewards and play. It should also be noted that this dog is particularly sensitive to its environment, which can earn it a few moments of distraction during the learning sessions. It is therefore necessary to be very patient with him.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

If the ideal living environment for a Norwegian Buhund is the countryside and large natural expanses , this dog can perfectly adapt to an urban environment. In this case, it is essential to ensure that he has enough space and freedom of movement so that he can exert himself.


Ease of gaining weight

Dog of robust constitution, the Norwegian Buhund does not fear the cold thanks to its double and dense coat. It is less resistant to heat.

There are certain diseases and abnormalities to watch out for in this breed, starting with hip dysplasia. The breed is also affected by von Willebrand disease, which is a blood clotting disorder.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Von Willebrand disease
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for Norwegian Buhund dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Norwegian Buhund is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The maintenance of the Norwegian Buhund does not present any particular difficulty , except that it can lose large amounts of hair during moulting. These occur twice a year, usually in autumn and spring.

The hair of the Norwegian Buhund requires one to 2 brushings per week . During the moulting period, brushing becomes daily to help the dog get rid of its dead hair.

His eyes and ears should be examined frequently to ensure that they are free from dirt or infection. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to remove tartar buildup and the growth of bacteria. If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Norwegian Buhund is between 1000 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Norwegian Buhund is between 350 € and 600 €.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Energetic and athletic, the Norwegian Buhund calls for long and frequent outings every day . He needs to play and run as often as possible.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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