Top ranked in versatile family companions, Norwegian Buhund is a compassionate herding dog, medium in build but large in stamina, the breed excels in protective responsibilities. Clever, intelligent and self-sufficient are some of its well appreciated traits. Vigorous player in yard, they are equally gentle and soft to children and livestock. Affordable with other breeds of dog that are grown together, exceptionally well behaved to cats and other pets, they pay respect to old family members. Most are independent, some may be stubborn during puppyhood yet loyal to owner, inquisitive to strangers, thus a prefect watchdog and they also share hunting and working traits of dogs a little.
The dog looks like any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tail. The Norwegian Buhund is sturdy structured average sized powerful dog. The height and length are right in proportion, projecting square shape when viewed from one side. The ears are shaped like cone to give good reflection to sounds resulting in high sound sensitivity. Further, erected ears indicate the prompt posture while tilted indicate resting position. The eyes are black and sharp.
The origin of this breed is Norwegian territory. The dog is a Spitz type and had been used extensively as flock guardian, herding, watchdog and hunter of wolf and bear by the native peoples. Some of the ancient evidences relate the dog with any of the Scandinavians who forayed into the coasts of Europe from 8th to 11th centuries. The fossil bones of this breed are found in Viking burial sites circa 900 AD which again indicate antiquity of this dog. . The Norwegian Buhund got recognition in 2009 by the American Kennel Club. Presently, this breed is used in a variety of applications like watchdog, search and rescue, police and military works and service dog for deaf personnel.
Devoted and bonded, this breed is playful entertainer of family, thrives when under the attentions, eager to establish physical connection. They do not want to be ignored instead and would get aggressive, may be destructive, quite restless in nature and out of control when neglected. Indoors, they are quite frank, friendly, kind and affectionate with children, however, their high level of energy and activeness can unintentionally knock over young children, therefore do not trust the dog with toddlers when you are not supervising them.
Curious and protective traits contribute in building a perfect guardian and watchdog for family and flock. Daring breed is judged high aggressive to strange dogs and other wilds that pose any threat to owner’s flocks. They would bark to warn, may get in fight with threatening animals while herding yet bite seldom. The dog is determinant, sometimes quite suspicious and exploring in nature, some tend to chase and trail but this is not very common. They bark a lot.
Well responsive and motivated Norwegian Buhund are easy to train breed. They are much suited for family adaptation, however like all other breeds, this dog should also socialized during its early puppyhood to effect positive housebreak. Do not try to be violent during training, it may result in destructive temperament. The dog enjoys a variety of life style including sports dog, runner, chaser, watchdog and children playmate. Yes, you need to invest in money and time both to create the required abilities in this breed. When not applied for herding, they would need extra activities to fulfill physical requirements.
Owner Should Know
Training in early time is mandatory to introduce good manners and to make them valuable.
The Norwegian Buhund dogs are able to participate in competitive obedience competitions and other sports events.
They are highly bonded with families and will suffer in separation anxiety if left alone for longer periods. They may get destructive as well.
They are active dogs and require regular and enough exercises to remain alert, active and useful. One should accompany in their running, walking or other lively activities.
Cataracts and hip dysplasia are common health concerns with this breed.
Two or three times brushing a week is necessary for well grooming. Keep the skin hygienically clean.
Seek reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, never buy puppies from back door suppliers or fake pet stores.
Ensure the puppies are clinically checked and are infection free.