Norwegian Buhund Health Problems and Raising a Norwegian Buhund Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Norwegian Buhunds:
This is an uncommon breed with very little information available on health.
We do know that cataracts occur in Norwegian Buhunds.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
A growing concern in the breed is epilepsy.
Breeders often claim that hip dysplasia isn't a problem, but the Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 117 Buhunds and found 12% dysplastic. That's high for a medium-sized breed, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. For comparison to other northern breeds, the Finnish Spitz and Keeshond have hip dysplasia rates of 6%.
With a small gene pool, it's only a matter of time before other diseases surface in the Buhund.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Norwegian Buhund?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Norwegian Buhunds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Norwegian Buhund puppy who is genetically healthy.
- Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Norwegian Buhund puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Norwegian Buhund puppy or adult dog:
How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Norwegian Buhund lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Norwegian Buhund
The best diet for feeding your Norwegian Buhund is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Norwegian Buhund
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Norwegian Buhund puppy really need? Does your adult Norwegian Buhund need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.
The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Norwegian Buhund.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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