Life span: 12-14 Years
Height: 13 – 15 inches (male), 12 – 14 inches (female)
Weight: 13 – 20 lbs.
As the name suggests, the Norwegian Lundehund originates from Norway and is of the Spitz type. A truly unique breed, the Lundehund has six toes and the ability to bend its head all the way back until it touches its backbone. It is similar to other Spitz types in that it has a face that resembles a fox and a thick coat of red, tan, and brown.
This breed is quite the handful to own, given that they are extremely loud, stubborn and difficult to housetrain. However, they are loving and funny dogs that are extremely affectionate with their family and will hide anything they find.
Their ears are medium sized and remain erect, with a long tail that curls over its back. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their double coat is made up of a soft and dense undercoat, and a straight overcoat that is rough to the touch. Coat colors include red, grey, brown, light brown, and white.
Its name comes from the puffin (Lunde) animal it was created to hunt. They originated in Norway, in its islands that are off the coast. It was known for being able to hunt in steep cliffs and slippery rocks due to their extra toes. In 1960 they were brought into Canada, and in 1987 into the United States. In 1988, the Norwegian Lundehund Club of America was created, and in 1996 they were accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service. It was not until 2003 that they were approved for AKC competition events, and until 2010 they were available for AKC registration. In 2011 they were available to be part of competing in conformation shows for the non-sporting group.
This funny breed is known for “hoarding” things, meaning they will collect anything and hide it away for later, including food. They get along well with older children, but are not recommended for smaller children, given that it is not very tolerant. They are extremely loud and difficult to housetrain. At times, they can be stubborn, and always attempt to get away with what they want. Training should be consistent, with the same firm yet kind commands being used by all family members.
This breed may suffer from many eye diseases. They can also suffer from:
Patellar Luxation, a disease where their kneecaps are slightly out of place or even dislocated, although this disease is genetic, it can also happen through injuries.
This breed needs to be brushed weekly. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They need moderate daily exercise, in which a short walk should suffice. Training should be easy, as long as you use positive reinforcement and no harsh methods to train them. However, house training specifically might be a bit difficult.