Norwegian lundehunds are hunting canines who hail from the Nordic nation of Norway. These dainty spitz dogs have long histories of assisting farmers by going after puffin birds' nests on fields and rugged cliffs. Puffins were valued for their plumage and their flesh. Norwegian lundehunds are frequently known as "puffin dogs" and "lundies," too. "Lunde" is Norwegian for puffin.
Norwegian lundehunds are smallish pooches, usually between 12 and 15 inches at the shoulder. Norwegian lundehunds have classic double coats made up of fuzzy lower hair and tough upper hair. Their coats generally are beige or chestnut with white and black elements. Some Norwegian lundehunds, however, are white with brown or reddish portions. The breed boasts a handful of fascinating physical characteristics, namely six toes per foot and ear flaps that can close. Their toes are useful mechanisms for navigating bumpy habitats, and the ears are handy for preventing debris or water from getting inside of them. Other traits of the breed include brown eyes, narrow heads and sturdy limbs.
Norwegian Lundehunds are revered for their loving, measured, spirited, inquisitive and jovial temperaments. They adore cuddling, whether with their human owners or fellow pets. However, they often behave cautiously with people they do not know, at least for a little while.
With the right care, including veterinary attention and carefully chosen diet, Norwegian lundehunds can live for 13 to 15 years. Similarly to most breeds of dogs, Norwegian lundehunds are vulnerable to a handful of ailments, including the gastrointestinal condition "lundehund syndrome" and lymphagetasia. Changes in temperament and habit often signify lundehund syndrome, so it is crucial to be vigilant in your pet's patterns, whether they involve appetite, play or sleep. It is important for these doggies to receive plenty of physical activity each day, whether in the form of a couple brisk jogs daily or lengthy strolls. To keep their fur in optimal condition, weekly brushing sessions are a must. Brushing also cuts down on loose hairs and shedding.
Norwegian lundehunds are a highly uncommon canine breed, according to the website DogChannel.com. In the 19th century, these pooches lost a lot of value as working dogs, as their hunting targets -- puffins -- were granted protection by the government. Since Norwegian lundehunds ceased being necessary for going after puffins, their population fell. In the modern day, Norwegian lundehunds are among the rarest breeds in the world.
By Naomi Millburn
The Westminster Kennel Club: Norwegian Lundehund
American Kennel Club: Norwegian Lundehund Page
The Norwegian Lundehund Club of America: Home
DogChannel.com: Norwegian Lundehund Dog Breed Profile
Texas A&M University Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: Norwegian Lundehund Testing
American Norwegian Lundehund Club: Norwegian Lundehund Breed
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Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.