Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Norwegian Lundehund puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Norwegian Lundehund

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Norwegian Lundehund the right breed for you?

Norwegian Lundehunds: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Norwegian Lundehund Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Norwegian Lundehund?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Norwegian Lundehund stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Norwegian Lundehunds are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with moderate shedding, housebreaking taking a long time, and the challenging health problems
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Norwegian Lundehund to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Norwegian Lundehund, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Norwegian Lundehund?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Norwegian Lundehund be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Norwegian Lundehund?

Norwegian Lundehunds are extremely rare in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Norwegian Lundehunds rank 188th. You can't get much more rare than that!

It's a good thing, actually, because this breed tends to have "primitive" behavioral patterns (especially housebreaking struggles) that would result in a lot of exasperated owners giving their Lundehunds to rescue groups and shelters. And of course there are the challenging health problems.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
I'm not aware of any Norwegian Lundehunds available from a Dog Rescue group.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of a Norwegian Lundehund being found in a shelter.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
There are only a handful of breeders.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Norwegian Lundehund puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Norwegian Lundehund ends up with cataracts and bad knee joints.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I have never heard of a Lundehund in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Norwegian Lundehund Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Norwegian Lundehund puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Norwegian Lundehund puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.