Dog Breed

Norwegian Lundehund

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Full Name
Norwegian Lundehund
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Life Span
12 - 14 years
Weight
20 - 30 pounds
Description

Energetic, Alert, Loyal, Protective

Origin
Norway
Bred For
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    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund good with children?

    Yes, the Norwegian Lundehund is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Norwegian Lundehund naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund friendly with strangers?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is not automatically friendly with strangers and we would not recommend for a living situation with frequent guests.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Norwegian Lundehund is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Norwegian Lundehund is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Norwegian Lundehund like to cuddle?

    The Norwegian Lundehund loves physical affection and cuddles. If you're looking for a cuddle partner you may have found the one!
    Playfulness

    Does the Norwegian Lundehund like to play?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Norwegian Lundehund make a good service dog?

    The Norwegian Lundehund would not be a great fit as a service dog for several reasons.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund good for first-time owners?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Norwegian Lundehund be trained?

    The Norwegian Lundehund does not have high levels of training potential. There are exceptions, but the Norwegian Lundehund is not typically seen in competitions or as a service dog or police dog.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Norwegian Lundehund shed a lot?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is an average shedder. Norwegian Lundehund owners will probably still tell you it's a lot of shedding, but certain breeds shed even more.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund easy to groom?

    The Norwegian Lundehund requires some grooming, but less than the average dog breed. Typically you will not need to take the Norwegian Lundehund to the pet salon, and occasional combing at home should be enough.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Norwegian Lundehund need a lot of exercise?

    The Norwegian Lundehund has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Norwegian Lundehund?

    The Norwegian Lundehund has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Norwegian Lundehund bark? Does the Norwegian Lundehund bark too much?

    The Norwegian Lundehund barks all the time. They are big talkers, and want to show it! In general, barking and being expressive can be beneficial, such as for guarding property or livestock. But it is important to consider whether heavy barking suites your lifestyle.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund a good guard dog?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is not typically used as a guard dog, although they can be alert and oftentimes notify you if there is a stranger at the door or otherwise something to be concerned over.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund good at staying alone? Is the Norwegian Lundehund independent?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund a good apartment dog?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is not the best dog apartment living, but it can work if the owner is dedicated to exercising and training their Norwegian Lundehund
    Size

    How big is the Norwegian Lundehund?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Norwegian Lundehund tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Norwegian Lundehund?

    The Norwegian Lundehund can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Norwegian Lundehund tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Norwegian Lundehund?

    The Norwegian Lundehund does very well in cold weather, and loves the snow. They were built for it!
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Norwegian Lundehund try to run away?

    It is natural for the Norwegian Lundehund to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund a healthy dog? The health of a Norwegian Lundehund should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Norwegian Lundehund is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Norwegian Lundehund high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Norwegian Lundehund?

    The Norwegian Lundehund has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Norwegian Lundehund into your home. Can you give your Norwegian Lundehund enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Norwegian Lundehund drool?

    The Norwegian Lundehund does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Norwegian Lundehund have a large prey drive? Does the Norwegian Lundehund like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Norwegian Lundehund has a very high prey drive and will naturally chase after any small animals it sees. They can co-exist with cats or other animals at the home, but we would not recommend it without supervision.
    Athleticism

    Is the Norwegian Lundehund atheltic?

    The Norwegian Lundehund is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
  1. Non-Sporting
  2. Nordic Hunting Dog
  3. Norwegian Lundehund
The Norwegian Lundehund is a purebred dog that belongs to the Nordic Hunting Dog sub group, which falls under the larger Non-Sporting dog breed group.
Non-Sporting group: The Non-Sporting group of dogs is probably the most diverse in the sense that it has a variety of dogs, and they were not all bred for one specific purpose. Each breed in the non-sporting group is unique! They have been primarily bred as house pets, and because of that make excellent additions to the family. Exercise is still important for them, but the typical non-sporting dog does not have the energy of of a sporting or working group dog.
Nordic Hunting Dog sub-group: Nordic hunting dogs are exactly like they sound- dogs that have been bred to help with hunting game in the nordics, where it gets very cold. They are a primitive spitz type breed, but have been want to please their owner, and enjoy retrieving. Imagine the mix between a husky and a retriever... sort of. Nordic hunting dogs are unique, intelligent, and high energy. They are playful and lovable with family but hesitant with strangers. Because of their high energy and outdoor nature they are not the best apartment dog, despite their medium size. Furthermore, Nordic hunting dogs typically bark a lot- it is one of their main tools in indicating the location of hunting game, so it is bred as a part of them. They can be stubborn, but can be a fine dog for a novice if they are trained well from an early age.

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