|- Ease of Training: ||7/10|
|- Intelligence: ||8/10|
|- Shedding: ||9/10|
|- Watchdog: ||4/10|
|- Guard Dog: ||2/10|
|- Popularity: ||4/10|
|- Size: ||5/10|
|- Agility: ||8/10|
|- Good with Kids: ||10/10|
Norwegian Lundehund Attributes:
|Life Expectancy: 12-14 years|
|Litter Size: 2-3 puppies|
|Group: Non-Sporting Group|
|Recognized By: FCI, CKC, NKC, ACR, DRA, AKC, NAPR|
|Color: White, reddish brown, gray, black, yellow, sable and white. Fallow to reddish brown to tan with black hair tips and white markings or white with red or dark markings. More black hair tips with maturity. Dogs with a completely white head or with 50 percent of the head white should have complete dark eye rims and lashes.|
|Hair Length: Medium|
|Shedding: Heavy Shed|
| Male Height: 12-15.5 inches (30-40 cm)|
Male Weight: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg)
Female Height: 12-15.5 inches (30-40 cm)
Female Weight: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg)
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The Norwegian Lundehund would do best living in a house with at least a small fenced in yard.
Complete information about Norwegian Lundehund Breed: Overview :
The Norwegian Lundehund is a rectangular spitz dog, small, comparatively light with distinct secondary sex characters. The Norwegian Lundehund possesses some odd characteristics which other breeds do not. It has six toes on each foot including two dewclaws. It has joints in the nape of the neck, which other dogs do not have. It has extremely flexible shoulder joints. The medium sized erect ears have more mobility then the average dog. The eyes are brown and fairly deep-set. The head is small and wedge shaped. It has moderately muscled hindquarters suitable for agility rather than speed. The legs are strong. The tail is carried ring-shaped or slightly rolled over the top line, or hanging. It has a short, rough, stand-off coat. It's dense topcoat lies flat against the body. The coat can be reddish-brown to fallow with more or less black hair tips, or black, or grey, all with white markings, or white with dark markings. The full-grown dog usually has got more distinct black in the outer coat than the young dog.
Norwegian Lundehund History :
The Norwegian Lundehund has a long history. It was believed that this dog has descended from the Ur hund, the breed of dogs that survived the 3rd Ice Age. These dogs that inhabit the Lofoten Islands were able to survive as these islands were ice-free during the 3rd Ice Age. Both the Lundenhund and the fossilized dog (Varanger dog) found in the Lapland, Russia has one less tooth on the either side of the jaw. These dogs have hunted puffins as far back as 1600 on the rocky crevices of steep cliffs that dotted the shorelines of the Veroy, Vaerog and Rost islands of northern Norway.
Because of the dogs unique physical attributes it can hunt the colorful puffins from the underground caves, narrow passages and steep rock walls. The dog has six toes on each foot creating an improved traction. The ears are protected from moisture and dirt as the ear canal can be closed at will. The unique shoulder and neck joints enable the dog to manipulate its body to pull puffins from narrow passages. Puffins are valuable because of its meat and downy feathers. This is also another source of income for the local farmers. The dogs are most sought after by the puffin hunters.
When easier means of hunting puffins were invented, the number of Lundehunds declined. Distemper outbreaks as well as the taxes that were imposed on dog ownership worsened the situation. In 1939 Eleanor Christie, a breeder purchased several puppies when she found about 50 Lundehunds in Veroy. Unfortunately, another distemper outbreak razed the remaining dogs in Veroy until only one was left. This lone survivor was rescued by Christie. The World War 11 further decreased the Lundenhund population until it was believed that only 6 dogs remained. These six dogs became the foundation for the revival of the breed; these dogs became the ancestors of the present Norwegian Lundehunds. In 1962 the Norwegian Lundhund Club was founded. Presently there are about 250 dogs in the US, more in Norway and about 1100 all over the world. Although the number is still small it can be safely said that the remarkable rare breed is saved from extinction.
Norwegian Lundehund Temperament and Character :
Norwegian Lundehunds are friendly and love people. They are not aggressive and will snuggle with people or other dogs for hours. They love to play and will enjoy long sessions of it. Curious, they are ready to explore the world. This breed is intelligent and can be trained for agility. Because of the Norwegian Lundehunds very unique characteristics, it makes an exceptional hunter. Its six toes on each foot, including two dewclaws, allow the dog to climb steep areas, the extra joints in the nape of the neck, allow the dog to turn its head at a 180-degree angle, it has extremely flexible shoulder joints and its ears have mobility which other dogs do not have. Consistent crate training is mandatory. A doggy door may have to be used. The Norwegian Lundehund is somewhat primitive and can be extremely difficult to housebreak. Some owners say they never do get their Norwegian Norwegian Lundehunds housebroken. The key is thinking two steps ahead of a puppy who has to pee. From having many puppies in my house, I know that giving a puppy the run of the house is just asking for disaster. If you're not watching him, he's in his crate or outside. Crate training works well with this primitive breed, because they still have a strong den instinct. As soon as he comes out of the crate, as soon as he's done eating, as soon as he wakes up in the morning, he goes outside! Or somewhere where he is allowed to pee. A Lundie puppy will learn much better if he is never given the opportunity to do bad. The Norwegian Lundehund is usually good with children. They don't mind having their ears or tails tugged, especially if it's by others in their pack. So long as they are introduced to each other in a positive environment, the Norwegian Lundehund will grow into a great family dog. They are friendly with other dogs. Most love to meet others of their species. This breed is usually good with other pets if raised with them. Lundies were bred to hunt, and hunt well. But their quarry was puffins, so unless you have a fish or water bird, it may be alright, however be sure to carefully introduced the animal to them, using your best judgment. This breed usually prefers his own family to other people, and has a tendency to be shy of them, but not aggressive. Socialize this dog well. The Norwegian Lundehund needs a firm, confident consistent pack leader. Without one, he will be stubborn, obstinate and demanding. He may also become an obsessive barker, as he tries to tell you what HE wants YOU to do. Consistency is a must with this breed. You must show them that you mean what you say. Do not allow them to develop Small Dog Syndrome. Do not treat them like little humans. Remember they are a canine animal. Provide for them what they instinctually need as that animal. If you do not socialize this dog, and meet all of his canine instincts, he may develop a distrust with anything new or different, which can result in excessive alarm barking. It is important you take them out for daily pack walks. Although to some they can seem stubborn, enthusiasts say that it is the traditional training methods that are at fault, not the dog. They need discipline, however, very harsh discipline will never work on this dog. If you can find someone who knows about or breeds Lundies, it shouldn't be much trouble at all to train them.
Norwegian Lundehund Health Care :
Prone to Leaky Gut Syndrome, Lymphagetasia, Lundehund Syndrome (a series of digestive problems). This unique syndrome renders the lifespan of a particular dog almost unpredictable if not fed properly. It is reported that it is not a disease but an inability to digest grains of any sort. Fed a diet with no grains the dogs do not get sick. They need only the same care that any dog should get and they live a long life. This syndrome or allergy is under research.
Norwegian Lundehund Grooming :
Lundehunds are heavy shedders and need to be brushed regularly to keep shedding under control. A good, stiff, natural-bristle brush is the best thing to use when grooming a Lundehund. It will help to remove dead undercoat hair while keeping the outercoat healthy, shiny and clean.
Norwegian Lundehund Training :
This breed is intelligent and can be trained for agility. The Norwegian Lundehund is somewhat primitive and can be extremely difficult to housebreak. Crate training works well with this primitive breed, because they still have a strong den instinct. his breed usually prefers his own family to other people, and has a tendency to be shy of them, but not aggressive. Socialize this dog well. The Norwegian Lundehund needs a firm, confident consistent pack leader. Without one, he will be stubborn, obstinate and demanding.
Norwegian Lundehund Activity and Exercise :
The Norwegian Lundehund needs to be exercised every day with a long daily walk or jog. In addition, they will greatly enjoy sessions of play.
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