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The Norwegian Buhund

January 2018 Barker



New applicants, Vali Eberhardt and John Backstreet bring a relatively new breed into our Club. The Norwegian Buhund . Here is a picture and some information on the Breed.

norwegian buhund

Breed Group: Herding

  • Height: 16 to 18.5 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 26 to 40 pounds
  • Life Span: 12 to 15 years

Cheerful, hard-working, and talkative, this former Norwegian farm dog with prick ears and a wedge-shaped head is making a name for himself not only as a companion but also as a hearing assistance dog and agility and obedience athlete. His medium size and easy-care coat make him an attractive proposi-tion. Be warned: he barks, sheds, and is highly active.

It’s easy to picture this dog standing in the prow of a Viking longboat, waiting to be one of the first to dis-embark to the New World. The Norwegian Buhund has long been a partner to people, not only traveling with the Vikings but also serving as a multipurpose farm dog in his homeland of Norway. When you see him staring up at the sky, it’s easy to remember that one of his jobs was to ward off raptors, birds of prey that might carry off lambs or poultry.

The compact but sturdy Buhund is an alert and energetic chatterbox, communicating with his people through yips, chortles, barks, trills, and yodels. Confident and lively, he will alert you to anyone approach-ing the home and patrol the yard in big circles, reminiscent of his past as a herding dog.
The Buhund is active and needs plenty of daily exercise to keep him from becoming destructive or noisy in an attempt to entertain himself. He enjoys being the center of attention but is independent enough that he can be alone during the day while his family is at work or school

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