Norwegian Buhund

FCI standard Nº 237

Origin
Norway
Translation
Norsk Kennel Club
Group
Group 5 Spitz and primitive types
Section
Section 3 Nordic Watchdogs and Herders
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Monday 25 February 1963
Publication of the official valid standard
Monday 09 August 1999
Last update
Monday 09 August 1999
En français, cette race se dit
Buhund norvégien
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Norwegischer Buhund
En español, esta raza se dice
Buhund noruego
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Noorse Buhund
In his country of origin, his name is

Norsk Buhund

Usage

Watchdog, farmdog and herder of polyvalent use.

General appearance

A typical Spitz, a little under middle size, squarely built with an alert and frank expression. Erect, pointed ears. Tail carried firmly curled over the back.

Behaviour / temperament

Courageous, energetic and friendly.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Size in proportion to the body, not too heavy. Wedge-shaped, clean. The male and the female sex characteristics must be clearly defined.
Skull
Almost flat, parallel with nasal bridge. Well filled out under the eyes. 
Stop
Well defined, but not too pronounced.

Facial region

Nose
Black.
Muzzle
About the same length as skull. Neither too narrow nor too heavy.
Lips
Tightly closed, black.
Nasal bridge
Nasal bridge straight.
Jaws and teeth
Scissor bite. Complete dentition.
Eyes
Oval, colour as dark as possible. Black eyerims.
Ears
Medium size, pointed, carried strongly erect.

Neck

Medium long, clean, strong with good rise of neck.

Body

Back
Short, strong and straight.
Loin
Short, strong and straight.
Croup
As little sloping as possible.
Chest
Deep with good spring of ribs.

Tail

Set high, firmly curled, carried over the center of the back, not too much to the side.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Firm with strong bone.
Shoulders
Moderately sloping.
Elbows
Well set, turned neither in nor out.
Forearm
Straight.
Pastern
Moderately sloping.
Forefeet
Oval in shape, compact.

Hindquarters

Generality
Moderate angulation.
Upper thigh
Powerful ; well muscled.
Lower thigh
Well muscled.
Hind feet
Oval in shape, compact.

Gait and movement

Effortless, parallel with good drive. Firm topline.

Coat

Hair
Outer coat : Thick, rich and hard, but rather smooth-lying. On head and front of legs comparatively short, on neck, chest, back of thighs and tail longer. Soft and dense undercoat.
Colour
Wheaten (biscuit) : Ranging from rather light to yellowish red. With or without dark tipped hairs, but must not influence the main colour. Mask permitted. Clean and bright colour preferred. As little white as possible.
Black : Preferably self coloured (without too much bronzing). As little white as possible.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Males 43-47 cm, bitches 41-45 cm.
Weight
Male approximately 14-18 kg, bitches approximately 12-16 kg.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 General appearance too fine or too coarse, lack of elegance.
 Liver or pink coloured nose.
 Pincer bite.
 Light eyes; protruding eyes.
 Poorly curled tail.
 Hanging tail.
 Feathering unwanted.
 Overbuilt hindquarters.
 Paddling in front.
 Short, ineffective step.
 Wavy or too long coat.
 Nervous dog.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
 Over-or undershot mouth.
 Not erect ears.
 Any colour but the ones mentioned above.
 Dogs more than 1 cm under or 2 cm above the height at withers mentioned above.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

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