The Buhund

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Facts about the buhund.

(written by Lone Jørgensen, who is coach/instructor in HundeAkademiet and educated as "Dog coach wit special in behavior and problem solving" with Turid Rugaas)

 
History/working-background
The Norwegian Buhund came from Norway. It is a spitz-dog, who presence can be traced back to the 17. century. A lot of people means, these spitzdogs, who belong to the Vikings, was a very close relation to this buhund we know today.
 
The Buhund belong to the group of herding- and watch-dogs. It must be a very highly and versatile dog. The buhund had been used to herding sheep, goats and other creatures. At the same time it was the farms watchdog, who took care of, no unauthorized – animal as humans – came near the farms animals.
 
At last have the Buhund also been used to hunting on both moose, small-game and birds. To day we use it to the 3 above purpose, but at the same time they use it in several country as rescue-dog, service-dog for human with physics handicap and in Britain they use it as drug-dog. At last we keep it as a family-dog, where it have good ability to obedience-training as track and agility.
 
A more versatile dog may you look long after!
 
Working methods/movements model

As a sheepdog must the Norwegian Buhund be both quick and safe on the legs. Many places the dog follow the herdsman out to collect the sheep and other domestic animal home to the farm. The animal could be scattered over a big area with dunes and other more or less impassable ground, where it at the same time are easy for the animals to hide itself or be neglected.

 

When it was not possibly for the herdsman to walk longer, it was the dog's mission to find and drive the animal down to the herdsman. To find animal who was possibly neglected the Buhund used his barking. When the dog bark, the animal get frightened and moved, then the dog could find them quick and collect them to the herdsman. Here was the dog's big independence real good for it.

 

Beside drive the animal out and home, has the Buhund also been used as shepherd's dog for the domestic animal.

There is mention several places that the Buhund also was used to hunting, but how the hunting pretend, the story don't tell anything about. I think, the buhund was used to find and hunt the game. It is a very strong and doggedly dog, who also can be very barking.

 

The Buhund is breeding for his working quality, that is why we today have a very effective working-dog in the Norwegian Buhund. On the country where the Buhund was widespread: "Was a good dog, a dog who could his job". The appearance came in second row – if any row at all.

 
Reactions-threshold

The Norwegian Buhund have a very well-developed herding-instinct, why you may be aware to everything, who moves with certain speed.

 

You may be attention to, the Buhund often will herd other dogs when they play. That's why is  important, which playmates you chose, because  many dogs will se it as a direct threat and a coarse excess of their body zone. This will get some dogs to react with defence.

 

General the Buhund have a big tolerance threshold to both dogs as humans, but he can also came out, where attack is the best defence.

 

The Buhund has very easy to barking, so you may try to keep it on an  acceptable level from the puppy-time

 

Physically quality

The Norwegian Buhund is lively and agile. He is quick, robust and very dogged. Intelligent, easily trained/teachable, curious and very pleasant is also some of the most adjective, you can use about the Norwegian Buhund.

 

It is under the category spitz dogs, because he have the spitz-dogs typically coiled up tail, who is carried over the back. It have also upright ears.

 

The color on the dog is in wheaten/very light beige to red-yellowish with or without black hair-tips. Not so many is black. White collar, chest and paws is allowed. The coat is straight with a lot of undcoat. The coat don't claim must care, but you may brush it often under the two yearly shedding, if you will avoid dog-hair everywhere in the house.

 

It must be well build, in balance and without no exaggerations. The males between 43 – 47 cm. tall, the bitch between 41 – 45 cm. Weight must be adjust to the dog's size – most between 12 -18 kg.

 

Ordinary lives the Norwegian Buhund 12 – 15 years old, and several of them get older.

 
Health information

The Buhund is a fresh and healthy race – may bee because he had been breeding for his working quality in stead of the  appearance.

 

A few instance of eye disease and Hip Dysplasia can be seen.

 
 Social quality

The Buhund is a very friendly dog, who is happy for the hole family. It have a need to feel as a part of the family and will love to take part in all activities in the family.

 

It's a very happy dog,, who like to play the whole life. He will also like to play with other dogs, but as earlier mentioned, you may be attentive to, the Buhund like to herds under when the play, which most other dogs will find very unpleasantly and impolite.

 

The Buhund ought to learn to mix with dogs of all sizes and appearance, men not all are suitable as playmates.

 

In a early age is good to give this sensible and independent race reasonable socialization and ambience-training. In return you will get a dog ,who can manage almost every situation as adult.

 
Upbringing/training

The Norwegian Buhund is a working-dog with a strong herding-instinct combine with the guardian instinct. He nay have challenges in the ordinary day. He is energetic, doggedly and can bear and enjoy a lot physics and mental display. It doesn't means, you may be to eager and overdo the motion/activation in the puppy- and junior-dog period. You may always remember you can train/activate the dog to a very high stress-level.

 

He is kindly, wise and teachable, but he works not to satisfy you! Are you not fair and friendly in your dealings with the dog, then you may not expect, the Buhund do as you wish. Did you wish a ”robot-dog”, who only wish is to satisfy you and see you as perfect – don't get a Norwegian Buhund! He is wise, independent and sensible – and deserve the right to be it.

 

He is lovely and cooperative, but expect it both ways. Training must be in short intervals, because the Buhund will be quickly tired of eternal revisions.

 

The call in and distance-obedience can be two very rational thing to train with this dog. It can be a big help to handle its herding-instinct, which is necessary, so the dog can run free in parks and woods. – And the Buhund has the need to run free.

 

The Buhund can as earlier mentioned be very barking, if you not are attentive to keep it dawn already from the puppy time. Here is it impotent to not let the dog be alone in the garden, where the have a big possibility to developed the guardian instinct.

 

The Buhund can of course be used to herding-work, but he can have the same benefit of other activities. Obedience-training, track-work, rundering and agility – yes all possibilities is open for a buhund-owner. You may be attended to adjust the activities, so the dog not get stressed. Sheepdogs has regrettably a tendency to get quickly stressed, why its very important to be attend to it.

 

The Buhund can also have good benefit to help in the home. He can easily learn to help with small domesticated, and he will love to take part in the family's shared activities.

 

A happy and Well-stimulated Buhund is a quiet and devoted dog. A neglected Buhund will in return bark of boredom.

 
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