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Norwegian Lundehund

Breed origin: Remote islands of arctic Norway
Original purpose: To wrestle and retrieve live puffin birds from the crevices of steep vertical cliffs.

AKC recognized: Not yet
AKC group: Miscellaneous Class

Size: Height: males 13 to 15 inches; females 12 to 14 inches
Color: Fallow to reddish brown to tan with black hair tips and white markings or white with red or dark markings.

General characteristics/temperament: The Norwegian Lundehund is alert, very energetic, loyal, and protective. They can be wary of strangers but are not aggressive. They have some unique characteristics that enable them to hunt puffin birds from the crevices of steep vertical cliffs. Their joints have a greater range of motion than most dogs, including the ability to turn their forelegs sideways at a 90-degree angle and bend their heads backwards along their spine. They also have six toes on each foot instead of the four toes typically seen on dogs.

Protective? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Known health problems: Protein-losing enteropathy, intestinal lymphangiectasia, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, inflammatory bowel disease.

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Norwegian Lundehund Association of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Norwegian Lundehund Association of America Rescue

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