Norwegian buhund

Norwegian buhund bo͞o´hŭnd [key], breed of medium-sized working dog developed in Norway. The buhund is a squarely built dog with a wedge-shaped head, erect ears, and a curled tail carried over its back. It stands 16–18.5 in. (41–47 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs 26–40 lb (12–18 kg). The coat is thick, hard, and smooth, with a soft, dense undercoat. Its colors are either wheaton (any shade from pale cream to orange, sometimes with a black mask) or black, sometimes with small areas of white on neck, face, chest, feet or tail tip. Dogs similar to these traveled with the Vikings on land and sea their skeletons have been found in Norwegian graves dating from c.900 AD In Norway today the breed continues to be used for herding, as all-purpose farm dogs, and as watch dogs. Buhunds are extremely intelligent, and some have worked as hearing-assistance dogs.

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