Norwegian Lundehund


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Norwegian Lundehund
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Norway
Group: Companion
Height: 12-15 in.
Weight: 13-20 lbs.
Life span: about 12 years
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes, with early socialization

What is the origin of the Norwegian Lundehund?

The Norwegian Lundehund, also known as the Puffin Dog, was found on remote islands of arctic Norway. It was used to hunt and retrieve puffin birds from steep cliffs where its extra toes helped its grip. When puffins became a protected species in the 1800s, the dogs were no longer useful and almost became extinct. After World War II, a group of caring Norwegians saved the breed, but its numbers are still low.

What does the Norwegian Lundehund look like?

The Lundehund is a small spitz-type dog. it has a flexible skeletal structure allowing it to get out of tight places. Height is 12-15 inches. Weight is about 13-20 lbs. Its upright ears can be folded closed either forward or backward. The Lundehund also has 6 toes on each foot instead of the normal 4 toes. The head can be tipped backwards touching the backbone, making hunting the puffins easier. The coat is double, thick and dense. Colors are reddish brown to tan with black tips with a white collar, white feet and a white tail tip or white with red or dark markings. Regular brushing will keep shedding down.

What is the temperament of the Norwegian Lundehund?

The Lundehund is a playful, cuddly dog. As with all dogs, the Lundehund should have early obedience training and socialization with a firm but kind hand. They are good with children but may be shy with strangers. The Lundehund gets along well with other dogs and usually with other pets when raised together. They are not aggressive but can be stubborn and may bark excessively if not trained. The Lundehund is fine living in an apartment or a house. They do need exercise and should have daily walks.

What is the Norwegian Lundehund used for?

The Lundehund can be taught to compete in agility trials. Their main job today is as an alert, cheerful family companion.

Possible Health Issues

Gastrointestinal disorders (Lundehund Syndrome).