The Norwegian Lundehund!

Norwegian Lundehunds are comparatively lightly made spitz type dog and rectangular in shape. They are a primitive breed and more closely share some characteristics with wild dogs and wolves. Their feet is one of their unique characteristics because they are oval in shape, with at least six toes on each foot. This gives them the skill to traverse terrain that other dogs aren't as good at, given them an advantage for certain types of hunting. They have clean, wedge shaped heads and slightly domed skulls. Protruding bony ridges loom over slightly slanting medium to dark brown eyes. Triangular, medium sized ears are carried erect while their mouths have strong jaws with a perfect, regular, and complete scissor bite. Norwegian Lundehunds also have rectangular, strong, straight backs, with a slightly sloping croup.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
11-13 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Mind always needs to be occupied, preferably outside.

Higher than average.

Exercise Needs:
Daily 40 minute walk. Outside play.

Breed Group:


12-15 inches

13-16 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Reddish brown to fallow, black or grey, all with white markings.

National breed club:
Norwegian Lundehund Club of America

Norwegian Lundehund Skills

The Lundehund’s unusual characteristics were very useful in a very particular kind of hunt. The may toe gave the dog a good foothold in situations when it had to balance on steep cliffs or slippery rocks.

Norwegian Lundehund Personality

Lundehunds make wonderful companions in the right homes. However, those planning to get this particular breed should think twice and consider whether Lundehunds will fit in well with their lifestyle. They are a primitive breed, which means they share several habits with wild dogs like foxes and wolves. They sometimes hide food in different parts of the house and react noisily when they detect any changes or alterations to their present environment. However, Lundehunds are also very intelligent and are a cheerful and inquisitive bunch. They can be protective of their home and their people, and rely more on barking than aggression. They are intolerant of rough treatment though they can be fine with children as long they are raised with them from puppyhood.

Exercise Needs

They are very active dogs and they need a lot of exercises and at the very least, long walks

Living Conditions

They are active dogs who would be perfect for homes where there are things going on to keep their active minds stimulated. This is very important because when they get bored, they will amuse themselves – often at the expense of the owner’s home and belongings.

Grooming Requirements

They do not require much grooming. They only need to be brushed during shedding season, otherwise hardly at all. They do not need much bathing, as their coats seem to be resistant to dirt. Bathing once or twice a year is usually enough.

Health Issues

The lifespan of a Norwegian Lundehund is considered unpredictable because of the Lundehund Syndrome – the collective term for a group of gastrointestinal disorders that include bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine and protein-losing enteropathy which result in the intestine’s abnormal protein loss.

If you liked this dog… would also like the Pitbull who are good climbers and must also be kept in a well-fenced yard.

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