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Norwegian Lundehund (Side View, Head)
Side View, Head

Breed Information


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2015: #182

Name Norwegian Lundehund
Other names Norsk Lundehund, Norwegian Puffin Dog, Lundehund
Origin Norway
Breed Group

Non Sporting (AKC:2011)

Northern Breed (UKC)

Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years





Height 12-15.5 inches (31-39 cm)
Weight 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg)



Reddish Brown



Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $2000 - $3000 USD

The price of a Norwegian Lundehund puppy tends to, commonly, go up from around $2,000. So even though the breed bouncing back after the canine distemper, they’re still pretty uncommon in America. Besides, Norwegian Lundehund puppies’ cost goes down considerably if you select to adopt.

Breed Characteristics


4 stars

Apartment Friendly

1 stars

The Norwegian Lundehund would do best living in a house with at least a small, fenced-in yard.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable dog breed for kids. It is also friendly toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

The Norwegian Lundehund needs to be exercised every day with a long daily walk or jog. In addition, it will greatly enjoy sessions of play.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

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4 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Norwegian Lundehund Puppy (Puppies, Face)
Puppies, Face

Norwegian Lundehund Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Jack Molly
02 Duke Bella
03 Cooper Lola
04 Oliver Lucy
05 Cody Coco
06 Riley Lola
07 Dexter Zoey
08 Zeus Sophie
09 Gus Roxy
10 Murphy Abbie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


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.

Their superior personality, even disposition and small size make them an ideal, easy-to-live-with pet, although they may be wary of strangers. Consistency in the home environment is extremely important, as is consistency in training, house training, and socialization. Lundehund is very sensitive and can develop trust issues with an owner who tries to trick him into doing things - you can only fool a Lundehund once. They are incredibly clever and fun-loving, making them delightful and sometimes challenging.


The Norwegian Lundehund is among the world's rarest of dogs. It is a member of the Spitz family. It originated in Vaerog and Rost in northern Norway. For centuries it was used to hunt puffins from nests on steep cliffs. Puffins, however, in the 1800s, became a protected species and were no longer hunted. The dogs were no longer useful to the farmers and the breed numbers dwindled. However, sometime after WWII the breed was saved from extinction through the friendship of two concerned Norwegians. The Norwegian Lundehund was not recognized as a distinct breed until 1943. The Norwegian Lundehund was first recognized by the AKC on July 1, 2011.

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