Monday, February 10, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Norwegian Buhund

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The Norwegian Buhund is a Spitz type dog. They are known for being energetic working dogs and were originally bred for herding livestock and guarding home and family. Today, many work with as guide dogs or police dogs. They also excel at obedience and agility. 

The name comes from the Norwegian word "bu." In older days, many Scandinavian farms had a small summer farm where someone from the family would live with the farm animals so they could graze and have an ample supply of food. Whatever grew at the main homestead was to be saved for the long and cold winter.

This summer farm was called a bu in Norwegian (fäbod in Swedish). A dog was invaluable to whomever ended up alone in the small cottage, surrounded by forest and wild animals. Surely scary at times! The dogs helped keep track of cows, sheep, and goats, protected the herd and people, and at times even hunted bears and wolves.  In remote areas of Norway, the Buhund is still used for their original purpose.

Dogs similar to the Buhund has been found in a Viking grave in Norway, and the breed is believed to be at least 1,000 years old.

Due to their past, Buhunds make excellent watch dogs, and they are wonderful companions for active families. They require an ample amount of exercise and they have an independent streak, but they are also considered one of the Spitz breeds easiest to train.

A typical Buhund is self confident, affectionate, and loves children.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


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    1. They are very cute! I haven't seen one since I moved to the US, but many breeds that are rare here are common in Scandinavia. I never realized how cool they are while I still lived there.