The Norwegian Lundehund is a small dog breed of the Spitz type that originates from Norway.
Its height is 30 – 40 centimetres and weight about 6 kilograms. The Norwegian Lundehund was approved on July 1, 2008 as official dog breed.
There are top ten interesting facts about Norwegian Lundehund!
1) The name Lundehund is a combination of the Norwegian words "lunde," the Puffin bird, and "hund," meaning dog. Originally, they were bred to hunt and retrieve the Puffin, a meat and feather crop for the Norwegian farmer of past centuries living along the fjords and on the islands off the west coast.
2) It is protective, alert, loyal and energic dog breed and is best suited for families with children.
3) Norwegian Lundehunds can “tip” their head backwards so top of head touches back bone, thanks to his unique structure. Furthermore, it can “close” his ears by folding them forward or backward.
4) The Norwegian Lundehund is prone to an intestinal syndrome called Lundehund Intestinal Syndrome, so you’ll need to feed your dog a special intestinal diet.
5) The Norwegian Lundehund usually has six toes on each paw — which is two more than the standard four toes that most dogs have!
6) The Norwegian Lundehund is intelligent, but can prove to be stubborn when it comes to training. For the best results, use positive training techniques. A common complaint with the Lundie is house training, so this is not a dog for the novice owner.
7) The Norwegian Lundehund has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
8) This is an active and playful breed. The Lundie will keep up with you during any activity, whether it’s a brisk walk or a spirited game of catch. When playtime is over, they are happy to hang out by your side. This makes them a good fit for a condo or apartment, but a house with access to a yard is the ideal living situation for the Norwegian Lundehund.
9) This cuddly dog has a dense, rough outer coat is insulated by a soft undercoat. In terms of colors, the Norwegian Lundehund coat comes in reddish-brown/fawn with black hair tips; white with dark markings; or black or gray with white markings.
10) The Norwegian Lundehund puppy is a challenge to house train. You’ll have to keep a close eye on this little fellow when he’s not in his crate. Keeping up with a consistent routine will help the process go smoother, as will crate training.