Norwegian Lundehund

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
The Norwegian Lundehund breed is considered to be one of the world's rarest dogs. A member of the Spitz family, the Norwegian Lundehund originated in Norway as hunters of Puffins. During the 1800's Puffins became a protected species and this breed fell out of favor. They nearly became extinct after World War II with only five dogs surviving. Today, this breed is slowly being revived and recognized. There are currently an estimated 1500 Lundehunds in the entire world. They are extremely difficult to acquire.

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The Norwegian Lundehund is a remarkable breed. They possess many unique characteristics that include having six toes on each foot, the ability to bend their head backwards over their shoulders, is able to close their ears to protect against water and dirt, and last but not least, the mobility to stretch both front legs out completely to the sides. All of these unusual abilities enabled this breed to hunt on cliffs and uneven terrain.

Does your Norwegian Lundehund bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Norwegian Lundehund's are lively, friendly, and playful. A primitive breed, the Norwegian Lundehund is protective of their family and home. They are alert, watchful, suspicious, and quick to bark at every new sight and sound. They do well with children and dogs they have been raised with. They do not do well if bored and will become destructive. This exceptional breed is cheerful, affectionate, and makes a wonderful companion. However, Norwegian Lundehund are not recommended for first time dog owners.
Weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair is recommended. Special attention should be given to the coat during their seasonal shedding. Their coat is self-cleaning and bathing is only required when necessary. The Norwegian Lundehund has a tendency to suffer from an extremely serious health issue known as Lundehund Syndrome. This series of digestive problems has the potential to result in costly veterinarian bills.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Norwegian Lundehund is a double coat breed. The outer coat is short, dense, and rough but more profuse around the neck, the tail, and back of thighs. The under coat is thick and soft. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
The Norwegian Lundehund is stubborn, willful, manipulative, and obstinate. Early socialization and basic obedience is recommended. This breed is extremely difficult to housebreak. The crate training method is highly recommended, although some Lundehunds may never be completely housebroken. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Norwegian Lundehund puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Norwegian Lundehund breed is not recommended for apartment living. The Norwegian Lundehund requires a large securely fenced yard or rural setting where they are able to run, play, and receive family interaction. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 15.5; Female: 13.5 lbs
Male: 13-15; Female: 12-14 inches
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Norwegian Lundehund Questions

Are Norwegian Lundehund dogs hard to find in the US? How expensive are they as puppies? I have been doing some basic research and the Norwegian Lundehund breed seems quite rare. Where in the US are they usually bred and how much do they go for?

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.

I've heard that Norwegian Lundehund dogs are prone to some kind of stomach disease if not fed right. What are the feeding requirements for this dog, and also what can/can't they eat?

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.

Why is my Norwegian Lundehund losing all his fur?

Your Norwegian Lundehund is shedding, but you might want to take him to the vet just to be sure.

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