Norwegian Lundehund

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 1in - 1ft 3in
Weight: 16-30lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance5/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Norwegian Lundehund Information

Norwegian LundehundA rare, ancient breed, the Norwegian Lundehund is a small, agile pup who was once used to retrieve puffins off the coast of Norway. He is extremely athletic with loads of energy and can be a bit stubborn at times.

Norway’s little hunter possesses characteristics not found in any other dog. For example, six toes on each foot; pointy ears that fold closed; and the ability to push his head backward until it touches his backbone – something very important for puffin hunting. For coloring, their dense coat ranges from white to red to black and several colors in between.

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Breed FAQs

Can Norwegian Lundehunds be apartment dogs?

Norwegian Lundehunds don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Norwegian Lundehunds be left alone?

Norwegian Lundehunds don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Norwegian Lundehunds good with kids?

Norwegian Lundehunds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Norwegian Lundehunds friendly with strangers?

Norwegian Lundehunds tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Norwegian Lundehunds get along with other dogs?

Although Norwegian Lundehunds will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Norwegian Lundehunds bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Norwegian Lundehunds bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Norwegian Lundehunds shed a lot?

Norwegian Lundehunds shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Norwegian Lundehunds need a lot of grooming?

Norwegian Lundehunds don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Norwegian Lundehunds need a lot of exercise?

The Norwegian Lundehund has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Norwegian Lundehunds easy to train?

Although Norwegian Lundehunds can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Norwegian Lundehunds handle cold weather?

If you live in a cold climate, Norwegian Lundehunds will do extremely well and may even enjoy being outside in the chilly weather.

Can Norwegian Lundehunds handle hot weather?

Although Norwegian Lundehunds can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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