The thick double coat is a heavy shedder; keep a sturdy brush handy.
This breed makes a wonderful companion for active people or families and will thrive in a home where plenty of exercise is provided. While Norwegian Buhunds make excellent watch dogs, they are also content to lie at your feet at the end of a hard day. Grooming is minimal - brushing will maintain the breed's medium to short easy care coat. Training wise, the Buhund is considered by many to be the most trainable of the Spitz breeds, but obedience training is still a necessity.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Norwegian Buhund is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
With regular weekly grooming and the occasional bath, it will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The energetic, can-do attitude developed centuries ago on Norwegian farms and pastures remains with Buhunds today. Owners proudly list traits that make their breed ideal family companions: smart, trainable, watchful, fastidious, affectionate (especially with kids), and versatile enough to master any number of jobs. They’re chatty dogs, with a vocabulary of barks, yips, and yodels—the “Norse Lullaby,” Buhund owners call it. If you can find one (they’re very scarce), and if you don’t mind the shedding, a Buhund could be your once-in-a-lifetime dog.
Norwegian Buhund &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Norwegian Buhunds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Norwegian Buhund can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.