Are you ready for the best breed to enter your life? The Norwegian Buhund is such the breed. The Buhund is still a rare breed as there are not many breeders in the USA and even in the world. These dogs are the most loveable and huggable. They really do become part of your family.
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Norwegian Buhunds - Some Special Interest: • The Norwegian Buhund is the American Kennel Club's 160th breed. • The name of the first Buhund registered with Norsk Buhund Club was Flink. • In Norwegian, 'bu' translates to homestead or mountain hut and 'hund' means dog.
Classifications: AKC: Herding Group ANKC: Working Dogs Group 5 CKC:Herding Group 7 FCI: Group 5 Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs & Herders KC: Pastoral NZKC Working UKC: Northern Breeds
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BREED ORIGIN AND HISTORY as from the Norsk Buhund Klubb website...
The Norwegian Buhund is considered to be a direct descendant of the dogs used by the first settlers in Norway.
Remains of spitz-type dogs have been found in the oldest archeological sites.
The breeds name is derived from the old Norwegian term: bu, which refers to such concepts as farm, hut and livestock, thus indicating the Buhunds original use as a farm and herding dog.
It was used for herding cattle and small livestock, but also reindeer and pigs.
In many areas of the country, every farm had its Buhund. The dogs often lived in the barn, and herded the animals when they were put to pasture in the daytime.
In the early 1900s, the Norwegian Buhund population rapidly declined, partially due to the import of foreign breeds that outcompeted the Buhund.
Fortunately, the situation was taken seriously and a considerable effort was made to save this unique breed.
Systematic registration, controlled breeding and participation at shows held by the Norwegian Kennel Club resulted in the breeds increasing popularity and formed the basis for the modern-day Buhund.
In the 1920s, Buhund shows were commonly held in connection with the state-run goat and sheep shows.
These shows were surely important for the increasing interest in the Norwegian Buhund - as there were especially many active breeders in the "sheep county" Rogaland in south-western Norway.
In recent years, about 100-150 Norwegian Buhund puppies have been registered annually by the Norwegian Kennel Club.
The Norwegian Buhund is thus a small-numbered breed, and preferably its numbers should increase in order to ensure sound and effective breeding efforts.
The Norwegian Buhund is a typical spitz dog, slightly below medium size.
The Buhund is squarely built and has a dense, flat-lying coat. The ears are pointed and erect and their shape and size should harmonize with the head shape.
The tail is carried firmly curled over the back. The Buhund is either wheaten or black.
The wheaten variant can range from rather light to yellowish-red, with or without dark-tipped hairs.
Clean and bright colour is preferred. The black variant should preferrably be self-coloured, but white as a blaze, chest spot or collar and on the paws is acceptable.
Eyes should be as dark as possible and harmonize with the overall appearance.
Height at the withers is 43-47 cm for males and 41-45 cm for bitches. The weight should be in proportion to the dogs size.
The Norwegian Buhund was traditionally a herding dog, and is often preferably used to herd sheep, especially in large sheep drives.
The breed is also used somewhat for hunting, e.g. in elk hunting.
Due to its excellent learning abilities, the Buhund is now also being used for other purposes.
Increasing numbers of Buhunds are distinguishing themselves at such disciplines as obedience and agility.
In England, they are also being used as guide dogs and drug detection dogs - which says a lot about the breeds versatility and potential.
Below are Norwegian Buhund Clubs and Organizations that may give you more information about the Norwegian Buhund breed. We will add links to these groups on our link page.
FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club NKC = National Kennel Club CKC = Continental Kennel Club APRI = American Pet Registry Inc. ACR = American Canine Registry DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc. AKC = American Kennel Club
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