History of the
The name Buhund is derived from
the Norwegian word ‘bu’ which means farm, homestead or mountain hut, where the
shepherd lived while looking after his herd in the summer. The Buhund was
used as an all purpose farm and herding dog, as well as a watch dog. The Buhund is still used for their original
purpose in Norway and can often be seen on remote farms.
The Norwegian Buhund is a typical Spitz type dog
with prick ears and a curled tail. Dogs
similar to the Buhund were found in a Viking grave in Norway from about the
year 900 a.d. In
the Gokstad excavation in Norway, where a Viking grave was opened, skeletons from six
dogs of various sizes were found. They
would be the representatives of modern-day Buhunds.
It is documented that these dogs
traveled with Vikings both by sea and land.
The modern Buhund that we see today was developed on the western
coastlands of Norway.
The first Buhund show was held at
Jaeren, Norway in the 1920, at the initiative of Buhund enthusiast John
Saeland. The Norsk Buhund Club was
founded in 1939. Toralf Raanaas was the
first President of the club. John
Saeland and Toralf Raanaas selected the best animals for breed type and working
ability. The first Buhund registered was
The Norwegian Buhund was used as
an all purpose farm dog for herding sheep and cattle and as a watch dog. The Buhund is an excellent obedience and
agility dog and is currently being used as a hearing assistance dog. They are very high energy and enjoy having a