Norwegian Lundehund

Non-Sporting Group

Photos courtesy of Cliffhanger Norwegian Lundehunds

The Norwegian Lundehund, the “Lundie”, or the Puffin Dog, is a very rare and unique breed.  Used to hunt “puffins” the lundehund has at least 6 toes on each foot; can close its ears to protect the ear-canal against dirt and moisture; has neck-joints that allow it to bend its head backwards over the shoulders; and has extremely mobile fore shoulder-joints, so both front legs can stretch straight out to the sides.

The Lundie is a very loyal, observant, clever, good, and affectionate little dog, characterized as lively, charming, and playful.  It can be somewhat obstinate at times but on the whole obedient. They can make wonderful companions in the right homes, but prospective owners should think carefully about whether the Lundehund’s unique personality will fit their lifestyle.  Protective of their home they will rely more on barking than aggression.  Early socialization will help them accept strangers and other dogs, and is necessary to prevent the adult Lundehund from becoming shy or stressed from different situations.  When they are raised with children they are usually fine, but they can be intolerant of rough treatment. They can be difficult to housebreak, and in general they are more like cats than dogs in their attitude toward their owners and training should emphasize positive reinforcement They shed heavily once or twice a year controlled by vigorous brushing.

The Lundehund needs daily exercise and enjoy playing off leash and exploring their environment.  Challenge them mentally and don’t let them become bored.  They can be trained for and enjoy agility competition.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
The height and weight are given from the lowest for a female to the highest for a male.
12 1/2 – 15
13 1/4 – 15 1/2
Dense and rough. Minimal Talk to a breeder or owner before getting a Lundehund.

Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Norwegian Lundehund Association of America

American Norwegian Lundehund Club

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