The Norwegian Lundehund, also referred to as Norsk Lundehund or simply Lundies, is a breed of small, Spitz-type dog that originated in Norway. It belongs to the non-sporting breed family which is a diverse group of dogs admired for their sturdy built, distinct personality, and gorgeous appearance. Norwegian Lundehunds were originally bred to hunt puffins and their eggs. Their short, rough coat is dense and lies flat against their bodies. Coat colors usually include reddish brown with black or gray hair tips coupled with white markings.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Norwegan Lundehund breed normally stand a height of about 12 to 15.5 in at the withers, and weight between 13 to 20 lbs.
Norwegian Lundehunds, in general, are friendly and loving dogs that can snuggle up with people or other canine pets for hours. They are hardly ever aggressive, and love to play. The breed is often good with children so long as proper socialization has been established. Lundies are also friendly with other dogs and household pets. They love to be with their family owners, and have the propensity to become reserved with strangers, though not aggressive. Additionally, the breed is curious, intelligent, and can be easily trained for agility trials. Their unique characteristics make them incomparable hunters. Lundies’ extra toes, and nape joints make them extraordinarily flexible and mobile. Nonetheless, the breed requires consistent crate training. Because of their being a bit primitive, they tend to be very difficult to housebreak. Handlers have to be firm yet gentle in their approach. They have to be able to show confident and consistent leadership over these little pets. Otherwise, Lundies will become obstinate, stubborn, and demanding.
Norwegian Lundehunds are not demanding when it comes to grooming care. Their coat only needs to be combed and brushed on a regular basis. Owners are advised to pay much attention to the breed’s undercoat. Bathe these little Lundies only when absolutely necessary. They are considered to be heavy shedders.
Norwegian Lundehunds have an average life expectancy of 12 years. They are prone to lymphagetasia, gut syndrome, and a series of digestive disorders. Handlers are advised not to feed Lundies with grainy foods to keep the pet from getting sick.
Members of the Norwegian Lundehund breed are best suited in home life with access to a safely fenced yard. They need to be taken out for daily exercise. Long walks or jogs are great for these little fellows. Long sessions of play can also make Lundies happy.