Norwegian Lundehund

Other names : Norwegian Puffin Dog, Norsk Lundehund

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Life expectancy

The Norwegian Lundehund has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 13 and 14 in
Male Between 14 and 15 in

Adult weight

Female Between 11 and 15 lb
Male Between 13 and 18 lb
Coat colour
White Red Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Norwegian Lundehund costs between £1600 and £1800

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More details about the Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund: Origins and history

The Norwegian Lundehund has been a valuable working dog for hundreds of years. It’s been helping Scandinavian hunters ever since the Viking Ages and became especially popular during the 16th and 17th century. Its flexible body and extra toes were ideal for navigating the cliff side regions of Norway, the natural habitat of the puffin bird. However, as new commercial hunting methods were adopted in the 20th century, the Lundehund’s numbers began to decline. This was exasperated by the introduction of a dog tax in Norway to deter hunters who were still using the traditional methods. The breed was decimated around the 1950s after an outbreak of a viral disease called canine distemper. It's thought that at one point there were less than six surviving Lundehunds. Today's numbers are much more healthy. There are an estimated 14,000 Lundehunds around the world, and a team of specialist breeders are working on raising that number even further. 

FCI classification of the Norwegian Lundehund

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 2 : Nordic Hunting Dogs

Training a Norwegian Lundehund

Responds really well to training based around positive reinforcement. Needs lots of rewards and praise. Naturally obedient. Quick learner.

Norwegian Lundehund: Purchase price

The cost of buying a Norwegian Lundehund puppy will be between £1600 to £1800. Monthly costs will be between £50 to £60.

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