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Description of Norwegian Buhund

´╗┐The Breed History

In the ancient Gokstad excavation in Norway, where a Viking grave from about the year 900 was opened, skeletons from six dogs of various sizes were found. They would be the representatives of modern-day Buhunds. These dogs travelled with Vikings on their many journeys, by sea and by land. The first Buhund show was held at Jaeren in the 1920's. The Norsk Buhundklubb was established in 1939. AKC recognition occurred in 2009.

Breeding for Function

Nurtured in the rainy western coastlands of Norway, they herded sheep and guarded farms. Besides working ability, Buhunds are trained to aid the hearing handicapped, perform some types of police work, and score well in obedience and agility trials. In olden times they hunted bear and wolf. Today they work with livestock and guard home and family.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 16-17.5 inches (41-45 cm), male 17 to 18.5 inches (43-47 cm).

Weight: females 26.5-35.5 pounds (12-16 kg), males 31-40 pounds (14-18 kg).

Coat: Outer coat is thick and hard, but rather smooth lying. The under coat is soft and dense. The coat on the head and front of the legs is comparatively short. The coat on the neck, chest and back of the thighs is longer. Acceptable coat colors are: Wheaton (pale cream to bright orange) with or without a black mask, or black without too much bronzing. As little white as possible is permissible around the neck, face, chest, toes, or tail tip.

Longevity: 13-15 years.

Points of Conformation: The Buhund is square in profile. The skull is wedge-shaped, almost flat, and parallel with the bridge of the nose. The lips should be black and tightly closed. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The eyes are oval shaped, color as dark as possible, with black eye rims. The ears are medium sized, prick ears with pointed tips. The nose is black. The back is level; croup with as little slope as possible. The tail is set high, tightly curled and carried over the center line of the back. The feet are oval in shape with tightly closed toes. The action is free and effortless. The topline remains level while moving. Sound movement is essential for working ability.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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