Breed Registries:

Note:The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




Males: 16.9 to 18.5 inches (43-47 cm)
Females: 16.1 to 17.7 inches (41-45 cm)

Breed Profile:

The Norwegian Buhund, also known as the Norsk Buhund and Norwegian Sheepdog, is a member of the Spitz family known in Scandinavia even before the days of the Vikings. The Buhund is a herding dog as well as a guardian of livestock and home. Like most Spitz breeds, he is squarely built with erect ears and a tail that curls over the back.

The Buhund is a friendly, courageous and energetic dog that gets along well with people and other dogs. He is easily trained, agile and alert. In addition to herding, the Buhund is also seen working as a hearing dog and police dog. He also enjoys such activities as agility and obedience.

The coat is black or wheaten coloured, relatively short but harsh with a soft undercoat.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Norwegian Buhund puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Herding Dogs — A new section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes training and general information about Herding/Stock Dogs; listing of Stock Dog Clubs and Associations; listing of upcoming shows and events; and more.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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