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Norwegian Buhund (Wheaten, Standing)
Wheaten, Standing

Breed Information


2022: #178

2021: #170

2020: #168

2019: #169

2018: #165

2017: #170

2016: #174

2015: #165

Name Norwegian Buhund
Other names Norsk Buhund, Norwegian Sheepdog
Origin Norway
Breed Group

Herding (AKC:2009)

Northern Breeds (UKC)

Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 13-15 years







Male: 17-18½ inches (43-47 cm)

Female: 16-17½ inches (41-45 cm)


Male: 31-40 pounds (14-18 kg)

Female: 26½-35½ pounds (12-16 kg)




Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $2500 USD

The Norwegian Buhund is a rarer breed of dog and can be hard to find a breeder. The average cost of a puppy will normally range between $2,000 - $2,500 depending on the pedigree of the puppies, the breeder themselves and where the breeder lives.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

2 stars

The Norwegian Buhund would do best living in a house with at least a small fenced-in yard. These dogs are very active and should get plenty of chances to exercise. They can, however, live in an apartment if extra care is given for sufficient exercise and the apartment is fairly big for the dog to move around.

Barking Tendencies

5 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

This is a very active breed that needs to be exercised every day, with a long, brisk walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. In addition, they greatly enjoy sessions of play.


1 stars

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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4 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: The Buhund has a thick double coat. Brush it weekly to keep it clean and remove dead hair. The coat sheds some all year round and more heavily once or twice a year. During shedding seasons, which are usually in the spring or fall, daily brushing will help to keep excess hair under control.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Norwegian Buhund Puppy (Side View, Head)
Side View, Head

Norwegian Buhund Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Charlie Daisy
03 Duke Molly
04 Cooper Sadie
05 Jake Lucy
06 Henry Emma
07 Dexter Luna
08 Oscar Nala
09 Harley Roxy
10 Bailey Coco
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Norwegian Buhund belongs to a large class of dogs called the Spitz type. Bred as an energetic working dog, Buhunds herd livestock and guard home and family. Today, they are also trained to aid the hearing impaired, perform some types of police work, and perform in obedience and agility trials. Their thick coat is wheaten (pale cream to bright orange) or black in color.

While Norwegian Buhunds make excellent watch dogs, they are also content to lie at your feet at the end of a hard day. Training wise, the Buhund is considered by many to be the most trainable of the Spitz breeds, but obedience training is still a necessity. Because the Buhund was born to herd and sound the alarm, the Buhund needs training and a job to do. Because they are happiest near their owner, they have earned the nickname, “the friendly spitz.”


The Norwegian Buhund is descended from the Spitz-like dogs that traveled with the Vikings on their long land and sea journeys. The modern breed was developed in western Norway, where they herded sheep and guarded farms, and occasionally were used for hunting bear and wolf. Today the breed works with livestock and guards home and family.

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