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History The Lundehund is a breed that is one of the rarest in the world. Dogs of this breed are members of the Spitz family and have originated from the Vaerog and Rost areas in northern Norway. For several centuries, these dogs have been used to hunt puffins from their nests located on steep cliffs. By the 1800s, though, puffins were named as protected species and they weren't hunted anymore. This led to the decrease in number of Lundehunds.
The second World War further diminished the specimens of the Lundehund. After the war was over, only six of these dogs were left. Two concerned Norwegians, though, started a breeding program that aimed to increase the number of these dogs. They were successful in re-establishing the breed, although Lundehunds are still rare until now. In 1943, the Lundehund was finally granted recognition as a distinct breed.
Appearance Lundehunds are small and rectangular in shape. Unlike most dog breeds, Lundehunds have six toes on each foot, and two dewclaws. These dogs have joints in the nape of their neck, and their shoulder joints happen to be very flexible. They have medium-sized ears, and brown eyes. The head of these dogs is wedge-shaped and small. They have strong legs, and a tail that is carried ring-shaped, hanging, or somewhat rolled over their top line. The coat of these dogs is rough and short.
Colours The coat colours of these dogs range from reddish brown to black, and those with this colouring all have markings that are white in colour. Lundehunds can also be white, featuring dark markings.
Temperament Although they make great hunting dogs, Lundehunds are also friendly, and they love people. These dogs aren't aggressive and they love snuggling with humans or other dogs. Being intelligent, these dogs can be very good at agility trials when properly trained. If properly socialized, these dogs can also get along well with other pets and humans. Lundehunds also make great family dogs, although this breed is not for everyone.
Weight These dogs are approximately 12 to 15.5 inches tall, and 13 to 20 pounds heavy.
Problems Dogs of this breed are susceptible to Lundehund Syndrome, which is a series of problems with digestion. This doesn't have a cure, but can be controlled with medication, which can be very expensive. Dogs who have this syndrome have a life span that is nearly unpredictable.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They will do best with at least a small fenced yard where they can do some physical activities.
Requirements Like most other dog breeds, Lundehunds should be given much exercise. They need to be taken out for long walks daily to satisfy their primal need for walking. These dogs will also benefit from play sessions.
Training Requirements These dogs can be difficult to housebreak. It's important for owners to know how to display strong leadership skills and act as the pack leader. Owners should know how to make their dogs believe that humans are higher in pack rank than animals. Otherwise, these dogs may become stubborn and demanding, and even try to exert dominance over humans. It's also important to socialize them properly at a young age. Firm and consistent training methods are needed for these dogs.
Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for approximately 12 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs is easy to groom and maintain. Owners just need to comb and brush these dogs regularly using a firm bristle brush. More frequent brushing should be done during shedding season to aid in removing loose and dead hairs. Bathing and dry shampooing should be done only when the dog is excessively dirty or smells bad already.
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