Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund

Breed Description +

Alert and energetic, Norwegian Lundehunds are very aware of their environment and need considerable exercise. Cheerful and affectionate, they are devoted to their family but wary of strangers. Persistent workers with an independent nature. Norwegian Lundehunds can learn quickly in short, positive lessons but do not respond as well to repetitious training.
  • AKC Name:

    Norwegian Lundehund

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  • Observed Weight:

    13 - 16 lb

  • Show Weight:

    13 - 16 lb


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 12 - 15 in


The Norwegian Lundehund, or Puffin Dog, is a rather unusual breed that originated on the islands of arctic Norway. The breed dates back to at least the 1500s and was commonly used to hunt Puffin birds in the rocky crevices on steep cliffs near the sea. To climb and squeeze into narrow spaces in the cliffs, the breed was developed with several unique physical characteristics. Norwegian Lundehunds have a very flexible neck and forelegs, as well as, extra toes and pads on their feet. While the Puffins provided economically important meat and feather down, they were declared endangered in the 1800s leading to a decline in the Norwegian Lundehund population. Unfortunately, the breed was nearly wiped out during World War II due to distemper, but a small number of dedicated breeders worked with a Swedish geneticist to re-establish the breed from the six remaining Lundehunds after 1960. The first pair of Lundehunds were sent to Canada in 1960 while they were not imported to America until 1987. In 2011, Norwegian Lundehunds attained full American Kennel Club recognition and are included in the Non-Sporting group.

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