The Norwegian Lundehund or Norwegian Norsk Lundehund means "bird" and "dog". This breed was born back in the 16th century as a bird dog, hunting seabirds (Fratercula Artica), that nest in crevices in cliffs around the fjords. Thanks to its amazing anatomical flexibility, it did hunt birds and bring their eggs. In those times these birds and their eggs were a delicacy.
When in the middle of the 19th century the seabirds began to use nets, these dogs fell into disgrace. Using them for hunting was eliminated completely when seabirds entered in the Red Book of endangered species. Therefore, and due to the raging plague dog, the breed was almost disappearing. But thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Eleanora Christie it was preserved and revived. Now the number of dogs in the world is about 1,500.
This Norwegian breed was officially recognized in 1943, but the standard was only accepted in 1997.
Norwegian Lundehound is almost unknown outside Scandinavia and puppies for sale can only be found in Sweden, Norway and Finland.
The Norwegian Lundehound has really unique physical capabilities. This dog has six toes on each limb, it can close its ears to stop water and mud. Furthermore, it can straddle its legs sideways. Thanks to this flexibility, this elastic dog can squeeze through narrow furrows and crevices in cliffs.
The head of Norwegian Lundehound has a triangular form, the eyes are dark brown or yellowish brown. The ears are triangular in shape, wider at the base. They stand tall and are very mobile.
The dog's body is slightly elongated, firmly. The neck is strong, the back is straight. The limbs are straight, parallel and strong. The paws are oval and, as mentioned, have six fingers - one of the important generic characteristics.
The coat of this breed is double-layered. The upper layer has a short, thick haired, like neck, tail and hind legs coat is thick and rich. The bottom layer is a soft and fluffy. Its color can be ginger, gray with dark spots, but white color is always present. The tail of the dog is of medium length. Usually hangs down or is coiled over the back. The average weight of the dog is 6-7 kg.
The Norwegian Lundehound has a highly developed sense of smell and excellent eyesight.
Character and behavior
This breed is lively, friendly and playful.
Since it is rarely used as a hunting dog, it becomes an excellent companion because it is cheerful and quickly becomes attached to its owners. This breed does not show aggression, no matter what.
Training and education
The Norwegian Lundehound is an independent breed, difficult to control and therefore the training should start from an early age. The right approach should be with firmness, fairness and consistency. If you are patient, you will enjoy an enviable result.
Grooming and care
It is recommended to brush the fur on a daily basis. On the other hand, you don't need to bathe frequently because the hair has the ability to clean itself.
The best place to raise a Norwegian Lundehound is a house with a fenced yard. It is very important to feed your pet properly. Do not give it grains. The best food for it is fish, chicken and vegetables.
The most famous disease is the so called syndrome Lundehound, which is actually an intolerance to grains. Of course, this does not occur to all the dogs, but it is still relatively common. If all grains are removed from its menu, the dog will not get sick.
The average life span is about 13 years.
Children and other pets
Dogs of this breed are not aggressive. They adore children and would love to run and play with them. They get along well with dogs and other pets if they are not birds.
For the first time the breed appeared in the US is 1987. Now there are about 350 dogs in North America. In Switzerland the first one was imported in 1977.
It is believed that the Norwegian Lundehound is among the rarest breeds in the world.