When searching for the right dog, then you should make an effort to understand it as well as possible.
Knowing everything that you can about a dog breed will make it so much easier for you to choose the ideal type.
Today, I’m going to cover the Norwegian Lundehund and everything that you want to know about it.
If you have ever heard of the Norwegian Lundehund, you have likely heard stories of how flexible it is.
Other than the ability to contort itself into the smallest spaces, the Norwegian Lundehund is an energetic breed that will require a bit more attention than most other dog types.
For owners who think that they can handle the challenge of a Norwegian Lundehund, then this guide might just make things much easier.
I’ll let you know everything that you need to. From how to feed the Norwegian Lundehund in the healthiest manner to how much exercise it will need, I’ll cover it.
Norwegian Lundehund Puppies – Before You Buy…
One of the most important things that you can do before purchasing a puppy is ensuring that you know the things that you need to.
I’ll be discussing the price of these puppies, where you can find the best possible breeders, as well as some of the things that you should know about Norwegian Lundehund puppies.
What Price are Norwegian Lundehund Puppies?
The Norwegian Lundehund will sell for a much higher price than most other dog breeds because it is harder to find, especially if you are located in the United States.
The price of these dogs will depend on many factors, though it will most commonly vary based on their coat, their pedigree, and a few other things.
Most of these pups will sell for around 2000 dollars each, which is more than you can expect to pay for purebred dogs of comparable size.
Seeing as these are medium-sized dogs, a prospective buyer would typically expect a lower asking price for the Norwegian Lundehund, but their uniqueness helps bump it up.
Where to Find Reputable Norwegian Lundehund Breeders?
Making sure that you find the best breeder from whom you can source your puppies is one of the most important things that you can do to ensure that you get the right dog.
There are far too many breeders around who do not care for the dogs they are raising, and nobody wants to support that.
The best way to find a Norwegian Lundehund breeder in the first place is to search around on the internet.
When you have your breeder, I would recommend checking customer reviews and also going and paying a visit to their home yourself so you can get a feel for what kind of people they are.
3 Little-Known Facts About Norwegian Lundehund Puppies
- Looking at a Norwegian Lundehund puppy, you would assume that they are just a typical spitz breed, but they have some hidden capabilities that are unique to them. These dogs usually have incredibly flexible necks and legs, making them the contortionists of the dog world.
- Aside from the Norwegian Lundehund’s tremendous flexibility, they also have some other strange aspects. Puppies and full-grown adults of this breed have six toes on each foot. This is a relatively unusual characteristic, and it is shared with a few other kinds of dogs, including the Great Pyrenees.
- These puppies take their name from the Lunde, which is another name for the Puffin. The Norwegian Lundehund was bred to flush out Puffins from dangerous crevices on hills and cliffsides. These puppies will eventually be more prepared for harsh conditions than you would assume from a glance.
Physical Traits of the Norwegian Lundehund
As I have already mentioned, the Norwegian Lundehund has a range of unique characteristics that make it suited to hunting Puffins on cliffsides.
The extremely flexible legs developed so that it would be easier for these dogs to hold onto the cliffs that they scaled to find Puffins.
The ability to bend their neck so far is also an integral trait so that the breed could get out of tight crevices and caves without getting stuck.
These dogs have what resembles a thinner coat, but upon closer inspection, you will find that it is thicker than you would expect, which is needed for the cold conditions in Norway.
These dogs can be found in various colors, though there are a few that are more common than others. Black, white, red, yellow, grey, and more are all possible fur colors for this dog breed.
The Norwegian Lundehund has a typical spitz face, with a sharp snout and pointed ears, though it is smaller than average.
How Big is a Full-Grown Norwegian Lundehund?
Now that you know what this breed looks like, you may be wondering how large they can get once they have grown up.
These dogs don’t have a very wide range of sizes, and you will find that most Norwegian Lundehunds are roughly the same size, provided that they don’t have any mixed blood.
When it comes to height, you will find that most of these dogs are around 12 to 16 inches tall, making them well-suited for smaller living conditions.
In addition to being short, the Norwegian Lundehund only weighs about 14 pounds, give or take a pound.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Norwegian Lundehund?
Being a small dog, you may expect this breed to have an exceptional lifespan, but it is about average for any dog breed.
Most Norwegian Lundehunds will live for around 12 to 14 years, which is a better life expectancy than these dogs used to have when they were used to hunt Puffins.
Before Puffins were classified as a threatened species, these dogs would root them out of cliffsides; this is a risky proposition.
The danger of the job that they were expected to perform and a mix of other factors nearly led to the breed dying out, but the Norwegian Lundehund is still going strong today.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Norwegian Lundehund
One of the most recognizable personality traits in the Norwegian Lundehund is an exceptional degree of bravery.
This breed needed to be brave so that it could scale cliffs without having to worry about falling. Aside from their courage, you will find that Norwegian Lundehunds are also very loving animals.
These dogs will get along with everyone in the family, and they will be completely loyal to their owners.
While this is a small breed, they can make for capable enough watchdogs thanks to their heightened degree of alertness; this trait was needed to make it easier for the breed to hunt Puffins.
The Norwegian Lundehund is a breed that has a high degree of energy so you may wish to keep them supervised when they are around children and other dogs.
Of course, this will depend on how early you socialized your Lundehund and whether or not it is entirely comfortable around other pets and kids.
The Norwegian Lundehund’s Diet
The Norwegian Lundehund is one of those dog breeds that are best off with a diet that has been formulated specifically for their needs.
Due to the prevalence of intestinal issues with this breed, you may want to invest in food that will clean out the intestines of this dog and keep it healthy.
Grain allergy is a common problem with the Norwegian Lundehund, so you may wish to avoid adding that to your dog’s diet as well.
You will also want to ensure that you don’t feed this breed freely as that could lead to them overeating and eventually suffering from bloat or obesity.
How Much Exercise Does the Norwegian Lundehund Need?
Making sure that your dog gets the right amount of exercise is one of the best ways that you can ensure that it remains happy and healthy, and the same is true for the Norwegian Lundehund.
This is an energetic dog breed that will get a lot of exercise just running around the house, but you will still need to take it out often.
I would recommend three walks per day with a length of about 15 to 20 minutes each to ensure that this breed gets all of the exercise that it needs.
Of course, if you live in a snowy country, you can cut down on that exercise time since your Lundehund will expend more energy walking through the snow.
Norwegian Lundehund Health and Conditions
The Norwegian Lundehund is one of the healthier purebred dog breeds that you will come across.
These dogs suffer from relatively few health conditions, but there are still a few that you will have to keep an eye out for.
- Gastroenteropathy (also known as Lundehund Syndrome)
- Hip Dysplasia
- Eye problems
My Final Thoughts on the Norwegian Lundehund
If you want a unique dog breed, then few will be able to match the Norwegian Lundehund.
Thanks to its double-jointed legs and neck, this dog can contort itself through the smallest of openings.
I hope that this guide has proved useful to you.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Norwegian Lundehund Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Norwegian Lundehund
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Norwegian Lundehund
- The Norwegian Lundehund’s Diet
- Norwegian Lundehund Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Norwegian Lundehund