Breed Information Centre

Norwegian Buhund


Illustration of Norwegian Buhund

In Norwegian the word “Bu” means homestead and thus the breed is now the dog of the homestead – versatile as a herder of sheep and a guard dog of the farmyard. Archaeologists discovered the skeletons of dogs with a strong resemblance to the Norwegian Buhund buried in a Viking grave, suggesting that they were highly esteemed to be buried alongside their master, and guiding him the afterlife.

Spitz-like in its wedge shaped head, shapely pointed ears and curled tail, they are popular in their homeland as companions.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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