Norwegian Buhund

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 4in - 1ft 6in
Weight: 26-40lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount4/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone4/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Norwegian Buhund Information

Norwegian BuhundCould this dog get any cuter? The Norwegian Buhund features the typical fox-like face of the Spitz breeds, along with pointy ears, a turned-up tail and an impossibly adorable smile. The breed is smart, confident and oh-so sweet.

As the name implies, the Buhund originated in Norway where he helped herd livestock and served as a watchdog for Vikings. Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Buhund is often used today to as a guide dog or for police work. At the end of a long day of work, he loves to curl up by his owner’s feet

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Breed FAQs

Can Norwegian Buhunds be apartment dogs?

The Norwegian Buhund needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Norwegian Buhunds be left alone?

Norwegian Buhunds do well when left alone for longer periods of time. They don't tend to have seperation anxiety issues. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Norwegian Buhunds good with kids?

Norwegian Buhunds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Norwegian Buhunds friendly with strangers?

Although Norwegian Buhunds can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Norwegian Buhunds get along with other dogs?

Although Norwegian Buhunds will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Norwegian Buhunds bark a lot?

Most Norwegian Buhunds bark fairly often, which can be a nuisance. Some steps can be taken to limit this, but is part of their nature.

Do Norwegian Buhunds shed a lot?

Norwegian Buhunds shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Norwegian Buhunds need a lot of grooming?

Norwegian Buhunds don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Norwegian Buhunds need a lot of exercise?

The Norwegian Buhund has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Norwegian Buhunds easy to train?

Typically, Norwegian Buhunds are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Norwegian Buhunds handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Norwegian Buhunds will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Norwegian Buhunds handle hot weather?

Be careful with Norwegian Buhunds in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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