The Buhund is one of the earliest known Nordic herding types, although it was not officially recognized until the 20th century. As people from the north began to live in permanent settlements in the Scandinavian countries, they brought with them the hauling and reindeer herding dogs used for centuries. This stock was used to create a herding dog for cattle, sheep and horses that doubled as an all-purpose farm dog. “Bu” in Norwegian means homestead or mountain hut and Buhund is the name given to their sheepdog. Modern breeders say the breed can be adapted not only for sheep and goat herding, but also for turkeys, ducks and domestic pheasant. Males average 40 pounds and stand 17 to 18 inches, females slightly smaller. Acceptable coat colors are wheaten or black. These dogs are in tune with their people, communicating with various noises and body language. They are highly trainable, great farm dogs and stay within call. The Buhund is a creature of habit and, as one owner said, is usually one jump ahead of the household routine. Like most Nordic dogs, Buhunds are clean, intelligent and fun. They are excellent watchdogs, and their great energy and desire for human companionship makes them wonderful children’s companions. However, they need a firm, consistent owner to overcome their strong will.
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