Norwegian Buhund

Life expectancy

13 years

Age adult

14 months

Height (Shoulder height)

45 cm


15 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / stiff/rigid / dense / tail feathered / straight

Coat color

black, wheat color

Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / idiopathic epilepsy / congenital cataract / heart diseases

Food expenses per month in €

about € 39

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


sporting / robust / tenacious / good-natured / attentive

Bred for

game hunting / guard house and farm / small gmae hunt

Common illnesses

patellar dislocation / idiopathic epilepsy / congenital cataract / heart diseases

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The Norwegian Buhund is an active, curious dog that needs varying exercise. He loves to retrieve and adapts easily to his family. He is also compatible with other pets and children. He has a sensitive nature, is very alert and tends to barl, but is never aggressive. Particularly with children in the household, it is important to steer their herding behaviour in the right direction at an early stage.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.