The Norwegian Buhund is a quick learner with a natural desire to please. They are considered by many to be the easiest of the spitz breeds to train.
They are a medium-sized spitz-style dog with an alert little face and erect, mobile ears. Their double coat has a smooth, harsh outer and comes in wheaten, light red, black and wolf-sable.
Early Buhunds worked with Vikings, herding and guarding cattle and sheep and were then buried alongside their owners to accompany them in the afterlife. Now Buhunds can be found in many roles from hearing dog to police dog.
The Norwegian Buhund can be a little wilful but is generally a cheerful, intelligent and attentive dog. They make a good watch dog but are just as happy as a family pet. They are people friendly and especially fond of children and not naturally aggressive to other animals. They are a very active dog that needs plenty of regular physical and mental exercise.
They need regular brushing and combing and shed heavily at certain times of the year but their coat is easy to keep clean. They are prone to hip dysplasia and eye problems.