The brave, loyal and fearless Norwegian Buhund has a reputation of being an excellent watchdog and a loving companion. The name Buhund is derived from the Norwegian word “bu” which means farm and “hund” which means dog. Base from its name, one can tell that they were originally bred to be farm helpers. This is a medium-sized dog that can grow up to 18 inches tall at the withers. The breed’s average weight is between 26 to 40 pounds and has an approximate life span of 12 to 15 years. This dog has a high set tail, a wedged-shaped head, pricked ears and a black nose. Generally, the Norwegian Buhund is considered to be a healthy breed but is prone to develop minor eye problems.  
These dogs are very active and cheerful. They seem to have an endless supply of energy and will not tire easily which is why vigorous exercise is needed on a daily basis. They are said to be the easiest to train among all the Spitz-type breeds. They excel in obedience, agility and herding trials. 
The excavation of a Viking grave dating back to the 10th century has six dog skeletons of various sizes. It is widely believed that those dogs are the ancestors of the modern Buhunds. Back then, the dogs were bred to protect property, herd cattle and hunt small game. For several centuries, the Norwegian Buhund was an unfamiliar breed until John Saeland began to promote. Along with a man named Toralf Raanaas, the two began a breeding program using only the finest specimens of Buhunds. The breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1996 and by the American Kennel Club in 2009. Now, they are commonly trained for police work and are also widely used as companion dogs for the disabled.