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!

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.

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!

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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