New Westminster Breed 2012 – Spotlight On The Norwegian Lundehund

February 14th, 2012 by Dan

The Norwegian Lundehund joins the Xolo as a new addition to the Non-Sporting Group at Westminster this year! Also known as the Puffin Dog, this breed helped farmers retrieve the birds from cliffs – they’re especially bred for the task having at least 6 toes on each foot!

History:
Mentioned in texts dating as far back as the 1500′s the Lundehund was bred to catch and retrieve live puffin from the cliffs of Norway. When the birds became a protected species in the 1800′s the dogs numbers dropped almost to extinction. They were brought back through the efforts of 2 Norwegians, but they are still an uncommon breed.

Appearance:
The Lundehund is a small breed weighing in at 13-16 lbs and standing between 12 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They have a rusty reddish double coat that usually has a white collar. Besides the unique 6 toed feature of the breed, they also have an incredibly flexible skeletal structure. This allowed the Puffin Dog to stay stable on cliffs while doing their job!

Personality:
The Lundehund is a cheerful, alert and energetic breed that can be a delightful companion! They can be wary of strangers, but are not known to be aggressive.





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