The loyal and playful companion, Norwegian Lundehund is a perfect family dog with superior personality, pleasant disposition and compact size. The dog is quite tough to handle, hard to train but easy to live with. They stay active but polite and affectionate with family and children but slightly reserved with strangers. Usually they need owner’s acceptance to let unknown people to enter in the house. They are sociable with other pets extraordinarily if grown together. They are perfect playmate, running companion and walking partner, they require regular exercises while minimal efforts for grooming and upkeep.
The Norwegian Lundehund is an agile breed of small size spitz-type dog. The breed is well distinguished for some special features that are not commonly seen in dogs like six toes on feet, foldable pricked ears and flexibility to tip the head backward onto the back. These remarkable features contribute to its versatile and agile disposition. The dog is Puffin hunter. Its build is strong sturdy and powerful while longer in length than in height, they form a rectangle when viewed from side. Its gait is smooth, free and flawless with good reach and drive. Its coat is dense, coarser and short usually stays at right angle to body; the tail is curled on back.
This breed belongs to remote islands of arctic Norway where they were used to fight and hunt Puffin birds and retrieve them from snowy mountains having steep slopes. This dog dates back to 1500s and had been mentioned in writings. The Puffin protection program banned its hunting during 1800s thus the popularity and population of dog reduced to minimum as the dog was no more of use. Further its extinction impacted by World War-II, however extensive breed protection programs throughout the world saved many breeds including Norwegian Lundehund. Although the dog rose in number yet found rare even in its native valley. The breed was recognized by AKC in 2011 and was placed in non-sporting breed.
The Norwegian Lundehuns are friendly, loving, caring, affectionate, non-aggressive, docile, fearless and courageous breed. They get along very well with other dogs, cats even strangers if well socialized. They are eager to live under the attention of their family, snuggle with peoples and play freely with pets. This intelligent dog is not very easy in training yet responsive and submissive, they can be trained for agility and obedience but need committed and patience handling. One should go for Crate training to develop good temperaments in them. They thrive when accompanied to explore. This sharp hunter has additive advantages of six toes and two dewclaws enabling them to grasp over vertical slopes of mountains. Further a 180 degree head turning ability is also praised for alert disposition and watchful traits.
Sometimes its lively and active tendency becomes boisterous and the puppies tend to get out of control. The only breed which is controllable with harsh and stick training methodologies, this dog needs containment and strict monitoring by owners. The Lundehunds are not suitable for first time dog owners. They have great tolerance against childish rough play, even they would not mind if their ears or tails tugged by other familiarized pet. They prefer their family and ignore strangers, although possessive, they are not perfect for watchdog applications. The dog sometimes become more dominant and tends to order to its master. The best way to get rid of such situations, do not let the dog to develop small dog syndrome. They must be told to obey the human who is leader of the pack in each case.
The breed is stubborn and required to be satisfied regularly with its physical activities. An extensive plan for its exercises be executed which could include free running, jogging, long and brisk walks and interactive dog sports.
Owner Should Know
The Norwegian Lundehund can afford apartment living though a house with yard is preferable.
This breed is stubborn, rambunctious and dominating, they are not suited for timid or first time dog owners.
Hard in housetrain, they are recommended for Crate training.
They are family oriented dogs; they thrive when inside the family. This breed suffers separation anxiety when force detached for long time and would get destructive.
Keep them satisfied and stimulated by their physical exercises.
They tend to chew, dig and bark excessively when bored or unsatisfied.
The dog is rare and would demand for both in time and money to get right puppy.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.