The Norwegian Buhund has been kept as a farm dog in the Norwegian countryside for thousands of years, but it was as recently as 1943 that it was officially
recognized. He belongs to a large class of dogs called the Spitz type. There are many variations in size, coat and color among the Spitz breeds. In the ancient Gokstad
excavation in Norway, where a Viking grave from about the year 900 was opened, skeletons from six dogs of various sizes were found. They would be the antecedents
of modern-day Buhunds. When Vikings died, their most cherished and necessary possessions were buried alongside their owners. This was to care for the Vikings in
their afterlife. The dogs that protected farms and herded cattle and sheep were expected to continue these duties in Valhalla. It has been documented that these dogs
travelled with Vikings on their many journeys, by sea and by land.
IMPORTANT. A Norwegian Buhund with exaggerated features is the result of bad breeding. Credit; The Breed Club Connection.
The Norwegian Buhund is a medium-sized Spitz dog with erect ears and fairly short curled tail. His is double-coated, the top coat is fairly thick and harsh to the touch.
On the head and front of the limbs the hair is shorter, almost smooth, longer on the chest, neck and shoulders and behind the thighs. He comes in colours of wheaten,
black or not too dark red and wolf sable, all preferably self-coloured.
A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur in her lines. That said, the Buhund is a pretty
healthy breed. Hip dysplasia and cataracts are among the main health concerns.
HIP DYSPLASIA; Hip dysplasia is a heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip-joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness on one or both
rear legs, but you may not notice any signs of discomfort in a dog with hip dysplasia. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop. X-ray screening for hip dysplasia is done by a
veterinary Orthopedic specialist. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. If you’re buying a puppy, ask the breeder for proof that the parents have been tested for hip
dysplasia and are free of problems.
CATARACTS; As in humans, canine cataracts are characterized by cloudy spots on the eye lens that can grow over time. They may develop at any age, and often don’t
impair vision, although some cases cause severe vision loss. Breeding dogs should be examined by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist to be certified as free of
hereditary eye disease before they’re bred. Cataracts can usually be surgically removed with good results.
HEALTH TESTED PARENTS FOR HEALTHIER BUHUND PUPPIES.