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Updated 04/11/2012 05:00 AM
Pet Pointers: The Norwegian Lundehund
The AKC recognizes 170 dog breeds and one of the newest is also one of the oldest. Lisa Chelenza has more about the Norwegian Lundehund in this edition of Pet Pointers.
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Records of the Norwegian Lundehund date back to the 1500, but it wasn’t until February of 2011 that this compact agile breed was officially recognized by the AKC, joining the non-sporting group.
Harvey and Judy Sanderson founded the Norwegian Lundehund Club of America in 1988. After reading about the breed in a magazine, they were instantly fascinated and have been leaders in promoting the Lundehund in the States for decades.
Alert and always aware of their surroundings, they use their unique paws and small nimble bodies to climb cliffs while hunting puffin birds. Hence the name - “Lundehund.” “Lunde” means puffin bird and “Hund” means dog.
There are currently less than 300 Lundehunds registered in the U.S. However, the number of dedicated enthusiasts is growing as is the popularity of the breed.
To learn more about the Norwegian Lundehunds go to www.AKC.org.