Norwegian Lundehund – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Working Dogs
Height:
1 foot to 1 foot, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
13 to 16 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 12 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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The Norwegian Lundehund is the only dog breed created for the job of puffin hunting.

In fact, their name comes from the Puffin, because ‘lunde’ is the Norwegian word for the puffin, a bird also known as a sea parrot. This breed was carefully bred to hunt puffins, a bird that is located off the west coast of Norway.

This is probably an ancient breed, although there are still not enough evidence on this claim.

Norwegian Lundehund has two fewer teeth than all other dog breeds—one fewer tooth on each side of the jaw, this is something that is also seen only in Varanger dogs – a breed that lived in Russia around 5,000 years ago.

Plus, they have six toes. Six toes would be handy to move on rocky areas or slippery rocks, which are so common in Norway. The Norwegian Lundehund are extremely flexible and self-sufficient in a way.

They can wiggle their ears and close them when needed. They can also easily end and even turn around while inside a narrow underground passageway.

By the 1930s this was one of the rarest breeds alive, although they are still pretty rare.

Are you thinking about welcoming this energetic, loyal, and rare breed into your home?

Make sure that you are based in an area where the weather isn’t too hot, and that you indeed have enough time to spare training or exercising this breed.