Description: Being bred to catch Puffins in their cliff nests, itís no surprise that these dogs very much have a mind of their own. This intriguing breed has a sense of humor, is mischievous, intelligent, cunning and loves to be the boss. They rarely bark.
Experts cannot agree whether this breed is part of the domesticated dog family are not. Norwegian Lundehunds have six toes and eight pads on each foot, unlike the five toes and six pads on other breeds. These dogs can physically close their ears to orders they donít like and to prevent dirt from getting into their ear passages when crawling rocky crevices. Speaking of which, Norwegian Lundehunds also can bend their heads right back over themselves which is useful for creeping in narrow rock crevices as they did to catch Puffins. This is the only breed that has collarbones Ė like humans Ė enabling the dogs to spread their front legs out to the side.
Other Names: Norwegian Puffine Dog
Height: Female 12-14 inches, Male 14-15 inches
Weight: Female 13 Ibs, Male 15 Ibs
Colors: Reddish brown to fallow with black tips to hairs preferred. Black or grey. All with white markings. White with dark markings. Mature dogs usually carrying more distinct black in outer coat.
Coat: Dense, rough outer coat with soft undercoat. Short on head and front of legs. Longer on neck and thighs.
Temperament: Alert, energetic, lively, not nervous or aggressive.
With Children: Yes
With Pets: Yes
Care and Training:
Country of Origin: Norway
History: The Norwegian Lundehund originates from the Loefoten Islands of Norway and was used by the Norwegian farmers to hunt Puffins (a small aquatic bird) for their meat and soft feathers.
First REgistered by the AKC: