As a dog owner, it is very important that you know as much information as you can about your dog. From its history to its special characteristics, there are so many interesting facts about your dog that will make you appreciate it more. If you are an owner of a Norwegian Buhund, you will be delighted to find out the long history of your dog's breed. Here are some facts about the Norwegian Buhund that you may find interesting.
Did you know that the Norwegian Buhund is one of the ancient breeds of dogs? Records have it that the Buhunds have a history that dates back to over 1000 years ago. It was said that the Vikings took the Buhunds with them when they went to Iceland and Britain to colonize settlements there.
Did you know that the Iceland Dog may have come from the Norwegian Buhund? The Buhund's exploits with the Vikings could have made them one of the foundation stocks for a number of other herding breeds, like the Iceland Dog. It is also believed that the Collie breeds may have come from the Norwegian Buhund.
Did you know that it wasn't until 1913 that the Norwegian Buhund made its first appearance in agricultural shows? Because it was primarily known as a utilitarian dog, the Norwegian Buhund was never considered for shows. It was only in the 1920s that the first Buhund shows were held.
Did you know that it was only after World War II that the Buhunds were brought to England? Despite having a long history in Europe, the Norwegian Buhund was only introduced in England after World War II. From there, the breed spread to other European countries, Australia, and even North America.
Did you know that it was only in 1983 that the Norwegian Buhund Club of America was formed in the United States? The NBCA then held its first National Specialty show in Roanoke, Virginia in the year 1990. At first, only performance activities were given attention, but agility, obedience, and herding instinct tests were added as regular features as the show progressed.
Did you also know that Norwegian Buhunds are now trained as hearing dogs, and one particular Buhund had undergone a training course at the RAF Police Dog training school in England? Because of its great sense of hearing and alertness, the Norwegian Buhund makes a perfect hearing dog. Its reputation as an excellent guard dog also makes it suitable for police work.
Did you know that a Norwegian Buhund sheds quite heavily twice a year? Though the Buhund's coat requires very little maintenance, it sheds heavily two times every year. If you are a long-time Buhund owner, you probably know this already. If you are a new owner, you can prepare for this eventuality when it comes.