Norwegian Lundehund

Norwegian Lundehund is one of the most unique dogs in the world. These dogs originate from the island of Vaeroy located in Norway. The main task that these dogs used to do was hunting puffins. Today Norwegian Ludehunds mostly fill the role of family companion since the puffins were declared a protected species and they can't hunt them anymore.

Not only that this is a rare dog breed but also they have the most unique features in the dogs' World that include:

  • six toes on their feet
  • ears that can fold shut
  • flexible shoulders and elastic neck
  • wiggling their ears
Norwegian Lundehund Height


12-15 in (30-38 cm)

Norwegian Lundehund Weight


20-30 lb (9-14 kg)

Norwegian Lundehund Origin



Norwegian Lundehund Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Breed History

Norwegian Lundehund is an ancient dog breed that was specifically bred for puffin hunting. „Lunde“ is a Norwegian word for Puffin. All those unique characteristics that this dog has helped him during the hunting.

Norwegian Lundehunds were accepted into the AKC Foundation stock service in 1996. Today you can find them mostly in their native country since they are pretty rare.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI Standard

  • Group 5 Spitz and primitive types. Section 2 Nordic Hunting Dogs. Without working trial.
  • Height at the withers: Males: 35 - 38 cms., Females: 32 - 35 cms
  • Weight: Males: about 7 kgs., Females: about 6 kgs.

AKC Standard

  • Height: 13-15 inches (male), 12-14 inches (female)
  • Weight: 20-30 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Non-Sporting Group

Norwegian Lundehund grooming

Norwegian Lundehund looks like a typical spitz-type dog with a wedge-shaped head, prick ears, and curly tail. They have a double coat with a harsh outercoat and a soft undercoat. These dogs don't require a lot of maintenance so regular weekly brushing will be enough to keep their coat healthy and to keep the amount of hair under control. You must regularly check their ears for any sign of infection, trim their nails if the dog doesn't wear them out naturally, and brush their teest to prevent bacteria development and gum diseases.

Norwegian Lundehund colors include:

  • black with white markings
  • gray with white markings
  • white with dark markings


Norwegian Lundehunds are medium active dogs that require a moderate amount of daily exercises to be in good shape. These dogs will enjoy participating in various family activities and they will be happiest if their owner is an active person. If you don't provide them with enough activities they can become bored, and develop behavior problems.

What is like to train Norwegian Lundehund?

Norwegian Lundehunds are highly intelligent, affectionate, devoted and you should not have any problems with their training. They are extremely sensitive dogs and that is why you must only use positive training methods if you want your dog to pick up commands fast.


Norwegian Lundehunds are generally good family dogs and companions but still, you will have to provide them with the proper socialization so that your dog can learn how to react in many different situations. The key is to start as soon as possible (when you bring home your new puppy) and you must expose your dog to many different situations and show him what is the correct way to react to them.

TIP: Norwegian Lundehunds love to bark so you will want them to teach when is ok to bark so both you and your neighbors wouldn't be angry,

Norwegian Lundehund and kids

Norwegian Lundehunds are best suited for older kids who know how to properly play and interact with the dog. When you let them play you must always supervise them so you can be sure that any unwanted behavior wouldn't emerge.

Norwegian Lundehund and other animals

Norwegian Lundehund can get along with other dogs and animals if they are raised together in the same household. Because they were bred to hunt it is not advised that you let this dog off-leash around other small animals as he will take every chance he gets to chase animals. With their canines, these dogs will get along if they are properly introduced.

Health problems

This is a fairly rare breed and in general, these are healthy dogs with a life span of 12-15 years. The most common problem with these dogs is a gastrointestinal issue that can vary from dog to dog. The best way to be sure that you are getting a healthy dog is to buy it from a responsible and reputable dog breeder. Responsible breeders will regularly check their breeding dogs so they can be sure that their puppies will be without inherited diseases and with the best possible health.

Norwegian Lundehund breeders

These are rare dogs and you must be very patient if you decided to get one. Talk to as many breeders as you can and ask them all the questions you are interested in these dogs. Reputable breeders will welcome your questions and will gladly answer them. With Norwegian Lundehund, you will get a great family companion with whom you will enjoy every minute of the day. If you provide him with enough training and proper socialization you will not have to worry that you will have a dog with bad behavior.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at18.05.2021.