Norwegian Buhund FCI Standard
The name «buhund” comes from norwegian “bu” (farm, homestead or mountain hut) and “hund” (hound or dog). The breed was used by the Vikings for herding, protecting farms and hunting bear and wolf. The dogs travelled with their masters both on sea and on land. This way they were brought to Scotland, the Shetland Islands, the Isle of Man, Greenland, and Ireland. It’s very likely that the Norwegian Buhund descended from the Icelandic Sheepdog and the Shetland Sheepdog.
In the beginning of the XX century in Norway the number of breed members began decline rapidly. But the fact that the Norsk (Norewegian) Kennel Klub (NKK) started to control the breed and participation in dog shows increased the breeds popularity of the Norwegian Buhund.
In the 1920’s, thanks to the Norway’s state-counsel, John Saeland, the first Buhund show was held at Jaeren, and few years later (1939) the Norsk Buhundklubb (Norwegian Buhund Club) was established. The firsts breed memebers were imported to the United States in the 1980s. The United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized the breed in 1996, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) – in 2009.
Today the Norwegian Buhund is used as a working, guardian or hunting dog in the western Norway. It also serves as a police dog or an assistant for hearing-impaired people.
The Norwegian Buhund forms very strong bonds with its owners and needs the constant company of its family. This is a playful breed and can remain so its entire life. It tends to be good with children but never leave your dog alone with a very young child as the Norwegian Buhund can accidently bowl over it. Males are more loyal and affectionate than females. Male breed members also prefer to spend time with the owner rather than wandering or lying on their own like female members.
The Norwegian Buhund is a dominant breed that is possessive and has a strong guardian instinct. In general, it won’t be aggressive with other dogs, but may dislike some of them and tends to herd them. The male Buhunds are more peaceful and less aggressive than females. This breed tends to chase other animals and some will even hunt small animals like squirrels. You still can socialize your dog to tolerate the household pets.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• eye problems;
• ear infections.
The Norwegian Buhund requires consistent training from the very young age. You need to be firm but fair and be sure that your dog trusts you and sees you as a leader. Training should be short, avoid a lot of repetitions, as this breed gets bored quickly.
Socialize your puppy properly from the very beginning otherwise it can become suspicious and extremely vocal. Introduce your Norwegian Buhund to different places, people and animals.
The Norwegian Buhund is an athletic breed with a great stamina. It is definitely a breed for an active family, but it can leave even in an apartment if plenty of exercise is provided. If you are not ready to spend a lot of time with your dog this breed is not for you.
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