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Norwegian Lundehund

Quick facts

Norwegian Lundehund AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: 12-15 inches
Weight: 13-15 pounds
Colors: black, gray, reddish-brown, white, yellow, or sable and white, with black hair tips, black or gray with white markings
AKC recognized in: 2011

With an unusual 6 toes (all fully functioning) and amazing flexibility, the Norwegian Lundehund was ideal for its original use of hunting puffins along the Norwegian coast. The Lundehund is also known as the "Norwegian Puffin Dog" for this reason.

The Norwegian Lundehund is among the rarest of breeds. This species faced extinction until just after World War II, when two norwegians saved the breed. The Lundehund was not recognized as a distinct breed until 1943, and was not accepted into the AKC until January, 2011.

In addition to the 6 toes, the Norwegian Lundehund possesses other odd and distinct characteristics. It has joints in the nape of the neck, which other dogs do not have. It has extremely flexible shoulder joints, allowing them to bend their head backwards along their spine. The medium-sized erect ears have more mobility than the average dog, and can be folded backwad or forward to form a near tight seal. Their eyes are brown and fairly deep-set. The head is small and wedge shaped. Their moderately muscled hindquarters are more suitable for agility than speed. Their tail is carried ring-shaped, or slightly rolled over the top line, or hanging.


Norwegian Lundehund Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance five paws
Ease of Training one paw
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements four paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability five paws

Like every dog, the Norwegian Lundehund needs early socialization. If you fail in your socialization, the Lundehund may develop a distrust in anything new or different. This can result in excessive barking out of alarm.

Many owners have a difficult time housebreaking the Lundhound, and some owners fail altogether. Crate training is an absolute necessity here. Do not give your puppy full run of the house. If you are not actively watching your dog, they are either in their crate or outside. Since the Norwegian Lundehund has a strong den instinct, crate training is almost always successful.

The Lundehund is normally very good with children, and does not mind having its ears or tail tugged on. This dog tends to prefer being with his own family, and may have a tendency towards shyness among other people. Aggressiveness is not normally a problem with this dog.

Health and Exercise

Just like most dog breeds, the Norwegian Lundehund is prone to some diseases. Some are quite severe such that it could be difficult to predict their life span. Nevertheless, with proper care and strict feeding scheduled, Norwegian Lundehund should live 10-12 years. Below are various conditions that this dog breed could suffer from:

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome (Dysbiosis), a bacterial imbalance that leads to inflamation
  • Lymphagetasia, the dilation or expansion of the lymphatic vessels in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Lundehund Syndrome, a collective term for a group of intestinal disorders that affect the breed. A diet high in protein and low in fat may help prevent the disease from appearing.

The Norwegian Lundehund is easy to groom. Just comb and brush regularly with a firm, bristle brush, paying special attention to the undercoat. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is a heavy shedder.

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