At a glance, the Lundehunds seem to be a typical northern breed: a Spitz type with triangular ears, curved tail and a thick double coat. But a closer look reveals many unique traits. They have at least six fully functioning legs and extra claw pads, an “elastic neck” that can crane back, so the head touches the spine, which is closed, and has flexible shoulders that The forelegs allow the sides to extend perpendicularly. the body. This last discrepancy produces the breed’s distinctive “rotary” gait.
For centuries the Lundheunds were settled on the remote and rocky island of Veroae off the Norwegian coast. Puffins nest in cracks in the walls of the island’s walls. Islanders relied on pickled puffin meat to sustain them through the long Arctic winter, and strong, flexible lundheunds were the only way to reach them. These compact puffin dogs climb over sheer rock walls, make their way into small pits, and snatch away birds. Then they fall down the rocks, fluttering the prize in their mouths.
The Norwegian Lundhend is a small rectangular and agile Spitz breed whose unique characteristics are not found in any other breed. Originating on the remote islands of Arctic Norway, the dog was used to wrestle and retrieve live puffin birds from the crevices of steep steep cliffs. To enable the dog to climb, descend, and brake on these rocks, unique structural features have evolved and must be present when defining this breed: at least six paws on each foot and rear foot pads; An elastic neck that allows the head to bend backwards to touch the spine, allowing the dog to wander into the narrow puffin bird caves; And the shoulders should be flexible enough to allow the front legs to extend flat to bend. This shoulder structure produces a peculiar rotary movement. Finally, the ears are closed forward or backward to protect them from debris. The temperament is cautious but is not expected to turn to strangers.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
Norwegian Lundheund has a low-maintenance double coat, with a rigid outer coat and a dense, soft undercoat. A weekly brushing will remove dirt and loose hair and help the dog look its best. The ears should be inspected and cleaned regularly when needed. Nails should be trimmed often if not worn down naturally, as prolonged nails can cause dog discomfort and problems with walking and walking.
Lundehund is very sensitive and can develop trust issues, and rigorous training methods should never be used. Early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended and help ensure that the dog grows into a well-adjusted, well-run companion. The breed is incredibly clever, affectionate and manipulative, and they are very clever and first-order problem-solvers.
Norwegian Lundheund has a medium of high energy levels and is happiest when it has the opportunity to engage in some kind of physical exercise on a daily basis. He would enjoy a fast-paced, 30-minute walk or ball-chase session with his boss every day.
Norwegian Lundhand must perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Lundehund is generally a healthy breed, and responsible breeders have tested their stock for health conditions such as patellar luxation and eye disorders. Teeth often need to be brushed, using toothpaste designed for dogs. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help the dog ensure a longer, healthier life.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: