Norwegian Buhunds are smart, sociable and highly loyal to their people, with an innate desire to please. They are gregarious, brave and fearless. Buhunds usually adapt effortlessly to a wide variety of new situations and are not known to be suspicious or wary around strangers. They are not high-strung, fussy or clingy dogs, nor are they overly boisterous or pushy. In fact, most Buhunds have an independent streak and tend to do just fine if they need to be left alone for a reasonable period of time. They get along well with children, dogs and other pets and more than anything love to be involved in family activities. Because of their intelligence and alertness, the Buhund makes an excellent watchdog. Today, it is also successful in police work, agility trials and competitive obedience, and also is being used as a valued service dog for the hearing-impaired.
Norwegian Buhunds are never off-duty. They are athletic, high-energy animals with a thirst for herding anything that moves and is alive. This sturdy breed thrives on physical and mental stimulation, especially when its activities are varied throughout the day. Buhunds have tremendous stamina They are competitive contestants in obedience, agility, utility, flyball, herding and other canine sports. They also enjoy taking long walks with their owners, romping in the park and playing with their canine and human pals. Buhunds certainly are not couch-potatoes, although they enjoy a warm, cozy nap just as much as the next person. After a full day of work or play, they usually are found curled up at their owner’s feet, completely content.
Norwegian Buhunds are one of the smartest, most adaptable and most trainable of all spitz-type breeds. Because they are such quick learners, it is important to keep their bodies and minds occupied with a wide range of training tasks, obedience work, play time and other activities, so that they don’t become bored. This breed is becoming increasingly successful in an array of competitive dog sports. Their innate sensibility, stability and strong work ethic have contributed to their success as police dogs and as valued service dogs, especially for people whose hearing is impaired. These trends will no doubt continue as the Norwegian Buhund gains more and more recognition and avid fans in the United States and throughout the world.
Buhunds are not particularly yappy or vocal dogs. However, they will bark if they are startled or think that something is amiss in their environment. They make excellent watchdogs, because they are vigilant but not excessively noisy unless they have reason to bark. They are great with kids and other animals and are not known to be destructive of furniture or landscaping.