Originating in Norway, the Norwegian Lundehund is a small-sized Spitz, with a rectangular body and agile nature. Having a flexible body stature, it is characterized with a wedge-shaped head, erect ears, deeply set eyes, strong legs, an elastic neck and most importantly six toes on both feet. Its adeptness at hunting puffins earns it its name as Lunde and hund stand for puffin and dog respectively in the Norwegian language.
|Other Names||Norwegian Puffin Dog, Norsk Lundehund|
|Coat||Dense, Double, Rough, Short, Smooth, Thick|
|Colors||Black, White, Red, Gray, Yellow, Sable|
|Type||Spitz, Non-Sporting Dog, Working Dog, Companion Dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||Male: 13-20 pounds;
Female: 13-20 pounds
(full grown adults)
Male: 13-15 inches;
Female: 12-14 inches
|Behavioral Characteristics||Lively, loyal, intelligent, active, protective|
|Litter Size||4-8 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes (some individuals might chase cats)|
|Good for New Owners||No|
|Country of Origin||Norway|
|Time of Origin||Unknown; Ice Age (experts’ view)|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||Recognized by:
ACA, ACR, AKC, CKC, DRA, FCI, NAPR, NKC
American breed standards: AKCBreed clubs:
USA: Norwegian Lundehund Club of America, Inc.
Norway: Norsk Lundehund Klubb (English)
Studies show this breed to be in existence before the Ice Age, thriving on fish and seabirds. Thought to be descendants of the primitive breeds, they excelled as working dogs since the 16th and 17th century, with their six-toed feet and strong neck helping them to retrieve the puffins from their dens in the narrow caves and cliffs.
However, with the implementation of advanced hunting methods and the introduction of a dog tax, their numbers declined.
1900: A few of them were found in the Mostad and Lofoten villages of Norway.
1945: They were almost on the verge of extinction because of canine distemper which affected most of the Norwegian islands.
1960: First set of Lundehunds reached Canada.
1963: A further dip in their numbers occurred due to the second series of distemper with five and six dogs surviving in Hamar and Vaeroy respectively.
2008: It was approved in the Miscellaneous category of AKC.
2010: With careful breeding, their numbers rose to 1400 (350 in USA and 650 in Norway).
2011: It attained official recognition from the AKC.
These friendly and outgoing dogs bond closely with its family. They are a perfect playmate for kids though parental supervision is needed to prevent any manhandling of the dogs,
Though conscious about strangers, they are not aggressive, mingling well with outsiders or other pets, when introduced to them. Since they are efficient hunters, it is recommended not to keep them along with smaller animals or birds.
They possess a knack for collecting and hiding shining objects as well as stacking food under a couch or other safe places for its late night snack.
Since they have a high affinity for barking alongside their active nature, they are not well-suited for an apartment life.
TheLundehund is a sensitive breed which may result in distrusting ts owner if he tries to trick upon it to achieve a task. They may also be stubborn and independent at times, thus needing a tactful owner to deal with it in a proper way.
Since they are prone to several digestive disorders, it is recommended to keep your Lundehund on a low fat and high protein diet. Give it ¾ to 1½ cups of dry dog food on a daily basis. Fatless chicken and fish formulae like those with herring and salmon are also good for them.