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Norwegian Lundehund (Non-Sporting Group)

The Norwegian Lundehund is a small and agile Spitz breed with several unique characteristics in combination not found in any other dog. Features such as six toes on each foot; prick ears that fold closed, forward or backward at will; and the ability to tip the head backward until it touches the back bone all helped them perform their job as Puffin hunter. Their dense coat ranges from fallow to reddish brown to tan in color, with black hair tips and white markings, or white with red or dark markings.

A Look Back

The Lundehund originated on the remote islands of arctic Norway, where it was used to wrestle and retrieve live Puffin birds (a meat and feather crop for the Norwegian farmer) from the crevices of steep vertical cliffs. The breed has also been described in writings as far back as the 1500s. When the Puffin bird became a protected species in the 1800’s, the dogs were no longer useful to the farmers and breed numbers dwindled. The breed was saved from near extinction after World War II through the friendship of two concerned Norwegians, but even today the numbers are limited.

Temperament

A Lundehund is alert, very energetic, loyal and protective. He can be wary of strangers but never aggressive toward people. (AKC)
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The lundehund has at least 6 toes on each foot

Has neck-joints which enable it to bend the head backwards over the shoulders, so that the forehead touches the back–this is useful when the dog has to turn in a narrow passage

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