Norwegian Puffin Dog

Other name: Norsk Lundehund

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The Norwegian Puffin Dog is a small dog, of the Spitz type, longer than high (height at the withers) and therefore writable in a rectangle. The construction of the Norwegian Puffin gives an impression of flexibility and lightness reinforced by its gait, characterized by an external rotary movement of the forelimbs and a slightly tight movement of the hindquarters. Its 6-toed front legs and overall build allow the dog to move with ease on steep rocky coasts.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Norway
Template Small
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 5 kg to 7 kg From 32 cm to 35 cm
Male From 6 kg to 8 kg From 35 cm to 38 cm
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History of the breed

The Norwegian Puffin Dog is a very old breed . The first documents attesting to its use in hunting by the populations of the Norwegian coasts date back 4 centuries . Gradually, hunting techniques have evolved and the use of the Norwegian Puffin in this area has diminished. Nowadays, puffin hunting, a protected species, is subject to very strict regulations, but the Norwegian Puffin Dog continues to be bred by enthusiasts who strive to perpetuate the breed. In some remote places of the country, such as the island of Vaeroy, traditional hunting with this dog continued until the recent past.

Physical features

His hair: dense, hard in texture, short on the head and front of the limbs, longer and thicker on the neck, back of the thighs and tail. The outer coat is combined with a softer textured undercoat, the whole giving the dog good protection against the cold and bad weather.
Its color: two-tone red to fawn with white.
Its head: moderately large, clearly drawn and wedge-shaped. The skull is a little rounded, the superciliary arches rather prominent and the stop pronounced, but not in an exaggerated way. The muzzle is wedge-shaped and moderately long, the muzzle slightly convex, the jaws articulated in scissors or even pincers. Slight lower prognathism and the absence of premolars are tolerated.
His ears: triangular in shape like most Spitz-type dogs, of medium size, wide at their attachment, erect and lively, with movements of folding and folding backwards or at right angles.
His eyes: yellowish brown in color, the pupil being surrounded by a dark halo, arranged slightly at an angle.
His body: The top line is straight, the back strong, the rump moderately sloping, the chest long, moderately wide and well let down, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: moderately high set, of moderate length, covered with a rather abundant hair but without plume, carried in a ring on the back or hanging down.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Norwegian Puffin Dog is an alert dog, full of energy and liveliness. He has all the qualities of a hunting dog adapted to the natural environment in which the breed was developed. Its favorite game is the puffin, hence its name. It is a sea bird of the alcidae family. Attached to his master , the Norwegian Puffin Dog displays a balanced temperament .

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The Norwegian Puffin Dog should be educated with a certain firmness , but never resorting to brutality, whatever the form. Quality education and socialization make them both an excellent hunting dog and a pleasant companion.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Despite its small size, the Norwegian Puffin Dog is not made to evolve in a reduced living space. He needs freedom and activity , and therefore a sufficiently large fenced area and an available master.


Ease of gaining weight

The Norwegian Puffin Dog is a robust dog and does not fear much health, as long as it is taken care of and cared for properly. It is quite resistant to the harsh climatic conditions of its region of origin thanks to its double and dense coat. It is particularly prone to gastrointestinal problems.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Patella dislocation
Minor concerns
Exudative enteropathy
Intestinal lymphangiectasia
Occasional concerns
Chronic inflammatory bowel disease
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Norwegian Puffin Dog is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Norwegian Puffin Dog is subject to 2 moults per year , in spring and autumn, during which it can lose a lot of hair. Its maintenance consists mainly of regular brushing.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week . During the moult, brushing becomes daily to remove the many dead hairs. He can take a bath occasionally , only if it is really necessary.

If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1400 €

The purchase price of a Norwegian Puffin Dog is between 1000 € and 1400 €.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
€ 450

The annual maintenance cost of a Norwegian Puffin Dog is between € 250 and € 450.

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The Norwegian Puffin Dog needs a balanced and quality diet , adapted to its level of physical activity, its size and its age. In case of gastrointestinal problems, to which it may be subject, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Norwegian Puffin Dog needs to stay active for his physical, mental and emotional balance. He must be able to benefit from long daily outings .


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1965


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