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The Norwegian Lundehund is a rare breed of dog and can be hard to find in the U.S.A. The best place to go is to the Norwegian Lundehund Club of America and contact them for their breeder list. The list you will receive will be a list of breeders throughout the U.S.A that breed to the standard and code of ethics of the breed. The average price for a Norwegian Lundehund is normally $2000.00 and up. But some breeders may sell for less depending on the puppy. You may also want to look into importing your puppy as well, in which you can find a breeder on the U.K.C site.
Since they aren't recognized for AKC, why are puppies being sold for so much, rare or not?
They are recognized since 2008 by the AKC. They have been shown in many areas. They are expensive because of their history and rarity. This breed almost became extinct.
You are correct. Norwegian Lundehunds are prone to what is called Leaky Gut Syndrome, Lymphagetasia, Lundehund Syndrome (a series of digestive problems). This unique syndrome renders the lifespan of a particular dog almost unpredictable if not fed properly. It is reported that it is not a disease but an inability to digest grains of any sort. A grain-free, high-quality dog food is the best thing to feed your dog. Some brands to look at are Acana, Origjn, Taste of the Wild, Life Mates, Now and Go!
My lundehund was on a grain free diet for 12 years & did not have leaky gut syndrome. Taste of the wild worked well for him. He lived to be 12-1/2 years old and was healthy until about a month before he passed away.
Your Norwegian Lundehund is shedding, but you might want to take him to the vet just to be sure.