Non-sporting Breeds

Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Buhund
Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 17-18 in (42.5-45cm) Bitch: smaller
Weight: 26-40 lb (12-18kg)
Coat: Close, harsh, and smooth, with a soft, woolly undercoat
Color: Wheat-en, black, red, or wolf-sable; small symmetrical white markings permissible; black mask

The Norwegian Buhund is a spitz type, and bears a strong resemblance to the Iceland Dog. The Icelandic Sagas record how dogs were brought to Iceland by Norwegian settlers in AD 874.In Norway, the Buhund is used as a guard and farm dog, for herding cattle, sheep, and ponies, and is one of that country's national dogs. Despite its long history, it was little known outside its native land until 1920. Then it reached Britain, where it has never become really popular but does have a band of ardent devotees, It has been developing a following in other countries, but is not yet recognized in the US. The Norwegian Buhund is a natural herder. It is also a gentle, friendly dog, and a natural guard and reliable playmate for children. It needs a fair amount of exercise, and daily brushing and combing.
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