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History The Norwegian Lundehund's history can be traced to as far back as the 1600s, when it was still used for hunting puffins in the Norwegian coast. Unlike other breeds, Norwegian Lundehunds had six toes, and their extra toes made them excellent hunters of birds in their inaccessible locations in caves and on cliffs. When new ways for hunting puffins were developed and a dog tax was implemented, the interest in Norwegian Lundehunds declined.
By the turn of the 1900s, these dogs were only found in Mostad, Lofoten. During World War II, these dogs were nearly extinct because canine distemper became prevalent in Værøy and the islands surrounding it. In 1963, the population of this breed decreased once again because of distemper. After that outbreak of canine distemper, only six specimens of this breed survived. Fortunately, though, careful breeding was done to reestablish the breed. Today, there are now around 1,500 to 2,000 of these dogs across the world. Approximately 1,100 of these dogs can be found in Norway.
Appearance Norwegian Lundehunds are considered as unusual dogs. Aside from having six toes on each foot, all of these toes are muscled and jointed. These dogs also have a wide range of motion in their forelegs, which they can contort to fit into tight spaces. They also have joints in their neck that allow them to lay it back against their spine. These dogs have pricked ears which can be folded forward or backward. They have a wedge-shaped head and deep-set brown eyes. Their hindquarters are well-muscled, allowing them to be agile. Their tail may be pendant or are slightly rolled over their back. These dogs have a double coat, with an outer coat that lies flat against their body.
Colours The accepted coat colours of this breed include reddish brown to black with white markings. These dogs can also be white with markings that are dark in colour.
Temperament If properly socialized at an early age, Norwegian Lundehunds can be friendly. They can even get along well with people as well as other pets. These dogs love playing, and they can easily climb things. Being independent, these dogs may be stubborn at times. They may also be manipulative.
Weight The height of these dogs range from 12 to 15 1/2 inches, and their weight falls between 13 and 20 pounds.
Problems These dogs are susceptible to Lundehund Syndrome, which is a series of digestive problems. Dogs who are afflicted with this syndrome may die of starvation even if they are eating much because their body doesn't absorb the nutrients from their food. More research is being done to get more information about this syndrome. When affected with this syndrome, the life span of the dogs becomes unpredictable. Although there isn't a cure yet for this, it can be managed.
Living Conditions It's best for these dogs to be provided with at least a small yard where they can do some physical activities.
Requirements Like other breeds, Norwegian Lundehunds need to get their daily dose of exercise. It's important for these dogs to be taken out for long walks daily.
Training Requirements Norwegian Lundehunds may be challenging to train because they tend to be independent. These dogs need owners who know how to display strong leadership skills. Obedience training and proper socialization should commence while the dog is still young.
Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 12 years when properly taken care of.
Grooming These dogs are easy to groom. They just need to be brushed regularly by using a firm bristle brush. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when they smell bad or are excessively dirty already.
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