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Norwegian Lundehund Temperament
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Norwegian Lundehund Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Swift, graceful, and agile, the lively Norwegian Lundehund moves with a light, springy gait and is a surefooted climber and jumper.

Happy and playful, he will pounce on his food and toys, grasping them with his toes and tossing them into the air like a cat or fox catching a mouse. He also hides food and toys, going to great lengths to find just the right place to stash his treasures.

Though nonaggressive with everyone, the Norwegian Lundehund is extremely observant and 100 percent aware of his surroundings, quick to alert to anything out of the ordinary. Early and extensive socialization is required to build a confident temperament.

Lundehunds learn quickly and are persistent problem-solvers. If they outsmart you once, they remember. Indeed, this breed can be obstinate, tending to use his intelligence in clever ways that suit his own purposes.

Housebreaking is notoriously difficult – some individuals are never completely housebroken and a doggy door to the outside is highly recommended.


If you want a dog who...

  • Is small and natural-looking
  • Has a short, easy-care coat
  • Is swift, graceful, and agile, moving with a light, springy gait
  • Is lively and playful
  • Is nonaggressive with everyone

A Norwegian Lundehund may be right for you.


If you don't want to deal with...

  • Notorious housebreaking difficulties
  • Providing extensive socialization to minimize fearfulness or suspiciousness
  • Inherent distrust of anything new or different, which can result in excessive alarm barking
  • Stubbornness (mind of his own)
  • Waiting lists (hard to find) and a high price tag
  • Extremely serious health problems

A Norwegian Lundehund may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy


More traits and characteristics of the Norwegian Lundehund

If I was considering a Norwegian Lundehund, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Housebreaking. The Norwegian Lundehund is very, very difficult to housebreak. Consistent crate training is mandatory. Often a doggy door is necessary. And some owners never do get their Norwegian Lundehunds housebroken.

  2. Providing enough socialization. Standoffish by nature, with cautious defensive instincts, Norwegian Lundehunds need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise they can end up shy or suspicious.

  3. Barking. Norwegian Lundehunds are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them.

  4. The independent temperament. Norwegian Lundehunds are bright dogs, but they are independent thinkers who can be obstinate and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

    To teach your Lundehund to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Norwegian Lundehund Training Page discusses the program you need.

  5. Finding one and paying the price. In the United States, the Norwegian Lundehund is hard to find and expensive.

  6. Serious health problems. Chronic intestinal diseases can begin at any age in the Norwegian Lundehund and recur again and again. These conditions are frustratingly resistant to treatment, and depending on severity, often end in euthanasia. Every Norwegian Lundehund should have a fecal test and serum protein level test run every six months, and no one should acquire a member of this breed unless you're willing and able to spend money for health care.

    To keep this breed healthy, I strongly recommend following all of the advice on my Norwegian Lundehund Health Problems page. If you feed this breed a natural homemade diet, you can greatly minimize the intestinal problems.


book cover To learn more about training Norwegian Lundehunds to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Norwegian Lundehund the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.



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 healthy Norwegian Lundehund. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.


If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Norwegian Lundehund might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.


book cover Once you have your Norwegian Lundehund home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.



Please consider adopting an ADULT Norwegian Lundehund...

When you're acquiring a Norwegian Lundehund PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Norwegian Lundehunds who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

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