The Norwegian Buhund, also known as the Norsk Buhund, the Norwegian Sheepdog, the Nordiske Sitz-hunde or simply the Buhund, is one of a number of dogs loosely referred to as being of the “spitz type.” “Spitz” refers generally to so-called “Northern” or “Nordic” dog breeds that have conformational characteristics resembling those of wolves. The Norwegian Buhund is an ancient breed, thought to be the main ancestor of the Icelandic Sheepdog. It gets its name from the Norwegian word bu, which means “shed,” “booth,” “stall,” “homestead” or “mountain hut.” This refers to the crude shelters that were (and still are) inhabited by Norwegian sheepherders and their dogs while they tended their flocks during the warm summer grazing months. In addition to being a keen working dog, the Buhund is a vigilant watchdog and makes a wonderful companion for active families. The Norwegian Buhund was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of the Herding Group in 2009. It is slowly but steadily gaining recognition and popularity world-wide.