Norwegian Buhund: A dog with deep roots in history By LA Dahlmann
"When we tell the story of the Norwegian Buhund, we must distinguish between the old Norwegian word buhund and the more modern-day dog breed with the same name. They are two different entities – although also the same.
When Snorri Sturluson mentioned the buhund in his Viking sagas, he referred to a type of dog based on its role among the humans and its abilities – rather than its exact appearance. The word buhund means a settlement-, homestead-, or farm dog.
The first Norwegian Buhund breed-standard came in 1926, based on a dog that had evolved, lived, and worked with the Norwegians since time immemorial. Historically, this was an all-purpose dog with many talents and skills.
The 1926 standard focussed on the buhund’s strength as a sheep dog – but let us start with the beginning."