Norwegian Lundehund Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Norwegian Lundehund – translated as Puffin Hound – is the most extraordinary little dog. Small, 32 – 38cm and weighing about 13 – 15lbs, they are accomplished rock climbers and are unlike any other breed. He has at least six toes on each foot with the hindfeet turning outwards. The front legs can be rotated 180º and the neck is double jointed. He is also able to close his ear canals.
The Norwegian Lundehund originated in the Lofoten Islands where they climbed rock faces with their incredibly mobile feet and legs to catch puffins, both for meat and feathers. Evidently one Lundehund could catch 30 puffins in a night. During the 17th and 18thC down pillows became popular and households kept up to 12 dogs, some even more, to catch puffins. At the time the value of a Lundehund was comparable to that of a cow. During the 19thC nets began to be used to hunt puffins so the large packs of hunting dogs were disbanded and the breed fell to dangerously low numbers. The breed was adopted by English Setter breeders, Mr and Mrs Christie and they brought it back from the brink of extinction, though the Lundehund was very nearly wiped out by a serious distemper epidemic in Norway during the 1939-45 war.
He appears to be of a Spitz type, but some argue that he is not a scion of the wolf but derives from a completely different ancestry. He is obviously held in great affection by those who know him, and described as an extremely loyal and devoted companion dog. He first came to the UK in the 1990s but there are no contacts or Breed clubs as yet.
The coat is dense with a rough outer coat and soft undercoat. He is reddish brown to fallow with black tips, all with white markings.
- Lonewolf Czech Republic
- Vorkosmia NL
Rescue and Rehoming
The Lundehund is a very rare breed. If you have any problems with your hound you should talk to the breeder.