With a heritage steeped in Viking history, the Norwegian Buhund is courageous, faithful and fearless.
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This Norwegian farm dog, who protected property, assisted herd livestock, and hunted or ran off predators like wolves and bears, is considered to have a very long history. The excavation of a Viking grave dating to the 10th century turned up the skeletons of six dogs of various sizes. They might be the forebears of modern day Buhund. Through the years, Buhunds have escaped the bounds of their herding past to be trained for certain kinds of police work and as hearing dogs, as well as participating in agility and obedience trials.
The “bu” in the name "Buhund" originates from the Norwegian word for homestead, farm, or hill hut. This is where the shepherd would reside in summer time while looking after his herd. The other part of the name, “hund,” means dog.
3) First Buhund
The Buhund has been considered a separate breed of dog since the 1600s, even though very first Norwegian Buhund show was not held till 1920 in Jaeren, Norway. The Norsk Buhund Club was created in Norway in 1939, and the first dog registered with the club was named Flink.
Most Norwegian Buhunds tend to be polite (or a little bit cautious) with unknown people. With their eager senses and watchful mindset, they make trustworthy watchdogs – sometimes too dependable, i.e. woofing can potentially get out of control. To make things worse, the Buhund has a quick, high-pitched bark that may set your teeth on edge.
The medium-to-short, easy-to-care-for coat includes a smooth-lying thick and hard outside coat and a soft, wool-like, dense undercoat. The coat is longer around the neck, chest, and back of the thighs and relatively short on the head and the front of the legs. The undercoat is shed once or twice per year, but year-round shedding is minimal. The coat does not tangle when it sheds, so normal brushing really should be enough in order to keep Buhund looking tidy.
Based on the breed standard, the Buhund comes in two colours. The first is wheaten. This is any kind of tone from pale cream to bright orange, with or without dark-tipped hairs. A black mask is acceptable with this colour. Another colour is black, without a lot of bronzing. For both colours, there should be as little white as possible.
The Buhund’s personality is very loving, normally gentle, and eager to please. Their even and fun character makes them wonderful family members, as does their desire to do anything their owners are doing. Nevertheless, they do appreciate using their voices. They have a powerful, intense, high-pitched bark, which can be useful for carrying through the mountains when they are herding. Be ready for your Buhund to bark to alert you to any moving object, coming from people to automobiles to birds.
This is remarkably clever dog, with a large amount of power and endurance, so training needs to be started at the earliest opportunity. They are easy to train, but are also sensitive, very easily bored, and tend to think independently. Consider positive training methods like clicker training and food luring to ensure success.
9) Assistent Dogs
The Norwegian Buhund is a very high energy dog which loves to have a job to do. At the moment, they are being employed as hearing help dogs. They were bred to work all day at a time and possess a playful character, so they need a lot of physical activity. Taking them for a run, playing fetch, or taking long walks are perfect methods to tire them out. Dog sports activities are an additional way to put them to work. Fantastic options include obedience trials, rally, and agility.
Like all spitz dog breeds with a thick double coat, Norwegian Buhunds shed a good deal. Make sure you're okay with this.