Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Non-Sporting); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); UKC (Northern)


Small to Medium. Weight: Males 15.5 lbs; Females 13 lbs Height: Males 13–15 inches; Females 12–14 inches


Thick and double-coated.


Fallow to Reddish Brown to Tan with White markings, White with Red or Dark markings; Also Black, Gray

Life Span:

12 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This breed is sometimes called the Norwegian puffin dog.

Norwegian Lundehund Overview

In Norwegian, Lunde means puffin, and the Lundehund is a breed that was designed to hunt these birds. The Lundehund has a unique small body with the most notable trait of having six, rather than five toes on each foot. This gave the breed increased agility on cliffs, allowing them to get to where the puffins nested. The breed also has double joints in its legs, helping the Lundehund to be a sure-footed hunter.

Norwegian Lundehund Characteristics

The Lundehund can no longer hunt puffins due to their protected status, but the breed still keeps its unique look. All dogs have at least six toes, and many have more than that. The double joints, small athletic body, and curled tail give the Lundehund a uniquely agile and adorable appearance. The Lundehund can also mold his body to almost any position, including tilting his head back and moving his legs at 90-degree angles.


Norwegian Lundehund Temperament

The Lundehund is a courageous and brave breed, needed for his hunting agility. He should be kept in a secure area due to his ease of being able to escape places regular dogs cannot. The breed is very friendly and loving to family members, including children, but may be wary and alert of strangers. Good socialization will also help him around other dogs and pets.

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Norwegian Lundehund Care

Lundehunds live on average 12 years, slightly less than other small dogs their size. A major health concern to look out for is Lundehund Syndrome, a seizure of digestive organ disorders. The breed should also be kept on joint supplements to help keep the double joints healthy and in shape.


Norwegian Lundehund Coat

Brushing with a bristle brush will help keep the heavily shedding coat of the Lundehund more manageable. Regular brushing is a must or else the house may quickly fill up with furballs. Like other Norwegian Spitz-type breeds, the Lundehund features a thick, plush double coat.


Norwegian Lundehund Training

The Lundehund may be independent and want to do things on his own terms, so motivating him to think he is the one in control of training is key. They can be stubborn and difficult, especially in-house training, so require patience and reward-based training.


Norwegian Lundehund Activity

Despite their small size, the Lundehund is a very active dog. He should have constant exercise, on-leash, or in an area that is securely fenced for Lundehunds. The breed can easily escape and go off on his own from areas that are secure to less agile dogs.

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