This guy is like no dog breed you have ever met. Created to withstand some of the harshest weather around, and with a unique foot-pad custom made to clamber around the wet and icy rocks of Norwegian fjords, this little hunter is extremely loyal and sweet.
About the size of a beagle but definitely a spitz family dog with long, standing out outer coat and a profuse undercoat, they are best for an active family that can keep up with his shinanigans. This breed is one of the original Energiser Bunnies -- if you want a couch potato, this breed is not for you. Trained right he can be surprisingly good with children, as he is very sturdy and enjoys a good romp.
Colorwise they are always paired with white, be it fawn, red or sable, black or grey.
This dog was bred in the arctic islands of Norway to hunt puffin. Developed from the available genetic blueprint of a spitz-type northern breed, clever Norwegian breeders created a dog that could climb around the slippery and icy northern fjords in the Lofoten Islands. The farmers needed a dog that was agile enough to fetch the puffin from their eiries, bringing in valuable meat and down. Several adjustments were made that are unique to this breed:
1. He has a minimum of six toes on each foot, and an elongated back foot pad. This allows him extra gripping power on those treacherous rocks.
2. He has an elastic neck which allows his head to touch his spine, allowing him to turn around in narrow caves.
3. A shoulder assembly which produces a peculiar rotary movement. They are so flexible they allow the front legs to extend flat to the side to hug the cliffs. Want a dog that can truly hug you? A Lundehund can.
4. An ear that can close to protect from falling debris.
For a time, the Lundehund was more valuable to their owners than a cow. But eventually puffins became an endangered species and hunting them was outlawed.
Several key kennels played a heroic role in bringing this cute little guy back from extinction. They have been recognised by the American Kennel Club since 2011.
Check out the breed's unique paws.
By The Numbers
Size: Males are about 14" at the shoulder, females about 1".
Coat Care: 10 The coat care is very low; they require little brushing but need an occasional bath, if they have been digging around in the bushes. Like most spitz breeds however, the dirt falls off of them. They can come in the house filthy and wet and a half an hour later they are pristine. (Of couse, your kitchen is not as lucky.) Trainability: 5; willing to be trained but very easily distracted. This is an independent breed that needs to feel that your commands were their idea, all along. Energy level: 8 This a high energy dog, very interested in hunting. Good With Children: 8 With a few ground rules laid down, they make excellent kid dogs, as they love to play. Noise level: high -- 8 They have an opinion. About everything, Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 1 They shed copiously and are not hypoallergenic.
Before you start your search for a breeder, read What is a Responsible Breeder. oh and check out What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner (YOu might be surprised.). You can start your puppy search at the Norwegian Lundehund Association of America.
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