The Norwegian Buhund is a mid-sized dog that shows classic spitz characteristics, such as erect pointed ears, a high-set tightly-curled tail, a stocky body and a slender pointed muzzle. They are square in proportion when viewed from the side. Their ears are large and very movable, which helps them pick up even the slightest of sounds from far away in almost every direction. When relaxed or showing affection, their ears tilt backwards in an endearing way. Their gentle eyes are dark and rimmed in black, contributing to their warm expression.
Size and Weight
Buhunds are considered to be mid-sized dogs. Males should be 17 to 18½ inches tall measured at the top of the shoulder and typically weigh between 30 and 40 pounds. Bitches should be between 16 and 17½ inches in height. On average, female Buhunds weigh somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds.
Coat and Color
The Norwegian Buhund has a dense double coat that is highly weather-resistant and provides excellent protection from harsh weather conditions, such as those found in its native Norway. Its outercoat is short and hard, while its undercoat is soft and thick. Basically, its coat is extremely similar to the coats of other spitz-like Nordic breeds, such as the Keeshhond, German Spitz and Samoyed.
Buhunds come in several colors, including wheaten and black. The wheaten base coat ranges from pale cream to a bright orange. It may or may not have black-tipped hairs and/or a black facial mask. Wheaten is the most highly favored coat color among fanciers of this breed. A black base coat color, preferably with as little bronzing as possible, is also acceptable according to the AKC breed standard. White may be present in a few distinct areas, including a narrow collar around the neck, a thin blaze on the face, a small patch on the front of the chest, on the feet and on the tip of the tail. However, especially in the show ring, it is preferred that there be as little white as possible anywhere on the dog.
Norwegian Buhunds are fairly low-maintenance dogs in terms of grooming. Their plush, thick coats should be brushed regularly to keep them in tip-top shape. Buhunds are heavy seasonal shedders, blowing their coats about twice a year. During those times, they need extra brushing and combing to keep their coats (and their environment) tidy. It can be rather startling for new Buhund owners to see how much hair comes off of their dogs during the shedding seasons. Their nails should be trimmed and teeth cared for in the same fashion as for most other domestic dog breeds.