The Buhund is a typical Spitz with his pointed face and his erect ears. He is both a sharp guard and an efficient herder; he thrives on work, always giving the appearance of being active and bustling.
Hailing from Norway, the Buhund is one of the earliest known Nordic herding dogs, but was not recognised officially until the turn of the twentieth century. ‘Bu’ in Norwegian means ‘homestead’, so Buhund is the ‘dog found on the homestead or farm’.
The commonest colour is the basic wheaten, but the wolf-sable and black are also recognised, as is light red. The youngsters are especially attractive and it is surprising that the breed, which has been known in the UK for many years, has not become more widely appreciated.
His temperament is one of friendly reserve; he does not fawn, but is delighted to be included in the conversation. With his harsh but smooth coat he is extremely easy to keep clean, and, being fairly small, he does not eat great quantities.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Small or Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Pastoral Breed Group
The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.
Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.