The breeds traditionally served farmers in their daily work, mainly as hunting and herding dogs. Today these dogs are kept for multiple purposes, serving as family dogs, show dogs, agility dogs – and of course the dogs are still used for hunting and herding.
With the exception of the gray Norwegian Elkhound and perhaps the Norwegian Buhund the native breeds of Norway are fairly rare elsewhere in the world outside of the Nordic countries. The breeds are recognized by the F.C.I.. It's important to note that some of the rarer, low population Norwegian breeds are not yet recognized by the the AKC or The Kennel Club. If you are very interested in the obtaining one of the rare native breeds of Norway, getting information through clubs and working with the Norwegian breeders is a must. The NKK's Native breed pages (links shown above) not only offer key information on the dogs, but there is listing of contacts/breeders/litters under the heading "Registrerte kull".