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Norwegian Lundehund Dog Breed

Also called the Norwegian Lundehund, Lundies, Norwegian Puffin Dog and Norsk Lundehund, it is considered to be among the world’s rarest of dog breeds. It originated from northern Norway and was called Puffin Dog because it was originally used to hunt puffins from nests on steep cliffs (lunde is half of the Norwegian word for puffin). Starting in the 1800s however the Puffins were placed as protected species and were no longer hunted. This is a small to medium-sized dog, weighing between 13 to 20 pounds and has a height of 12 to 15.5 inches. The Norwegian Lundehund has some really unique features that cannot be found in other dog breeds – it has six toes on each foot, two dewclaws, joints in the nape of the neck allowing its head to be bent backwards along the dog’s own spine, and its pricked ears have more mobility than the average dog. It has a small and wedge-shaped head, brown eyes that are fairly deep-set and a tail that is carried ring-shaped or hanging. The coat is dense and lies flat against the body with colours of reddish-brown to fallow with black hair tips. It can also come in black or grey with white markings, or white with dark marks.

Because of its unique characteristics, the Norwegian Lundehun breed makes for an exceptional hunter. As a household pet, it is friendly and will snuggle with people or other pets in the house. However they are extremely difficult to housebreak so early training is recommended. The breed is playful, curious and can be taught to perform tricks of agility. They are not aggressive and prefers its owner and family to the company of other people. They are prone to a unique serious condition called the Lundehund Syndrome which is part of a series of digestive problems. Hence a proper diet (no grains) should be observed for the breed.

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