Norwegian Buhund

Breed Standard

General Appearance

Lightly built, compact body, fairly smooth-lying coat, erect pointed ears, curled tail carried over back.

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Characteristics

Well balanced, medium size, free from exaggerations, and capable of arduous work.

Temperament

Fearless, brace and energetic.

Head and Skull

Head- lean, light, rather broad between ears, wedge-shaped, narrowing towards point of nose. Skull and back of head almost flat; marked but not shape stop; muzzle medium length, tapering evenly from above and side, straight  bridge, lips tightly closed. Nose black.

Eyes

Not protruding, dark brown, lively with fearless expression.

Ears

Placed high, erect, height greater than base; sharply pointed, very mobile.

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Mouth

Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Complete dentition.

Neck

Medium length, lean without loose skin, moderately arched.

Forequarters

Legs lean, straight and strong, elbows tightly placed.

Body

Strong, short, but light, chest deep with good ribs, straight lone of back, firm loins, short couplings, slightly drawn up.

Hindquarters

Legs strong and moderately angulated, straight when viewed from behind.

Feet

Rather small, oval in shape, toes tightly closed.

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Tail

Set on high, short, thick and hair longer on underside, tightly curled and carried over back.

Gait/Movement

Without exaggeration, straight coming and going. From side; light active, with good stride.

Coat

Outer coat close, harsh, but smooth, undercoat soft and woolly. On head and front legs, short, close and smooth, longer on chest, neck and shoulders, back of legs and underside of tail.

Colour

Wheaten, black, red (red not too dark) wolf sable. Self-coloured but small symmetrical markings e.g. white on chest and legs, blaze on head and narrow ring on neck, black mask and ears and black tips to tail permissible.

Size

Ideal height: dogs 45cms (18 ins) bitches somewhat less. Weight in proportion to size.

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.

Note

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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