The club maintains a position as health coordinator to monitor the health of the breed and make recommendations to breeders.
The current coordinator is Mrs Margaret Deuchar
Health & Hereditary Problems
Generally speaking the Buhund is a remarkable healthy breed and most will only visit the vet’s for injections,. They do have the occasional ear or eye infection and some tend to be more accident prone than others. Properly cared for, the Buhund should live an active life well into their teens.
Until 1985 it was thought that, unlike most other breeds, the Buhund was not affected by an hereditary diseases. However, it has been discovered that there is an incidence of Hereditary Cataract in the breed. In most cases the dog’s sight is only minimally affected, if at all, but as it is possible that a dog with very small cataracts can produce puppies which are far more seriously affected, no Buhund with cataracts should ever be bred from. The Norwegian Buhund Club is actively involved in trying to eliminate this condition from the breed, but as the number of Buhunds is comparatively small, this will inevitably take a number of years.
The condition can only be correctly diagnosed by specialist vets who will examine the eye while the pupil is fully dilated, so that the whole of the lens of the eye can be seen. Most owners would not be aware that their dog has this condition without this specialist examination. In the Buhund, the condition is caused by a recessive gene, so it is not possible to guarantee that any dog is genetically clear of the condition at the present time. If you buy a puppy from a member of the Norwegian Buhund Club, you should expect to see a copy of the dam and sire’s current clear eye certificate under a recognised eye scheme. When a dog has been proved to have cataracts they should not be used in a breeding programme. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Buhunds who are affected by cataracts live normal lives and suffer no ill effects from this condition.
Any cases which are discovered should be reported to the Breed Health Co-ordinator
Since Buhunds were introduced into this country more than sixty years ago, there have been a small number of cases of epilepsy and a few of hip dysplasia. If considering buying a Buhund, the club would recommend you ask if both parents have been hip scored. The total score for breeding stock should not be more than 18 total. But any dog producing or found to be suffering from any of these conditions should not be bred from. Any cases which are discovered should be reported to the Breed Health Co-ordinator so that the situation can be monitored and steps taken to ensure that these diseases do not become widespread in the breed.
The Buhund is fortunate in that the main problems within the breed are not life- threatening to the dog and it is because breeders have tried to ensure that they breed an un-exaggerated dog that it remains a basically fit, healthy and intelligent breed.