Norwegian Lundehunds have six-toed paws with double and triple joints that developed in order to hunt puffins on rocky, uneven surfaces. They are capable of climbing up cliffs and rocky embankments and can also bend their bodies in unusual ways in order to fit into the small crevices that puffins often retreat into. The unique climbing ability of this breed makes them sure-footed hiking companions. These small but strong canines also have a great deal of stamina and drive, although they should typically be kept on a lead when hiking in order to protect the local wildlife from their high prey drive. While the activity of hiking does not cost a great deal on its own, procuring appropriate hiking gear can increase expenditures.
Norwegian Lundehunds are incredible problem solvers, and one of their favorite problems to solve is how to get to the tasty snacks and treats in your cabinets. It is particularly important that these dogs are kept on a strict diet of low-fat, high protein food as they are prone to a disorder called Lundehund Intestinal syndrome, which reduces the dog’s ability to absorb nutrients from the gut, particularly protein, so snacking on your goodies is not a good idea. One way to help curb the desire to find their own snacks is to give them a slightly different problem to solve; finding their supper. While serving dogs their food in a regular bowl that sits in a consistent place is a perfectly acceptable way to feed your canine, allowing them to search for their supper keeps them entertained, provides mental stimulation and satisfies their innate foraging instinct.
The team sport of disc dog, in which a team made up of a human and a canine exhibit their skills with throwing and catching specialized discs, is similar to the frisbee. It first gained attention at a baseball game in 1974 when a college student by the name of Alex Stein jumped the fence with his dog, Ashley Whippet, and proceeded to put on an impromptu performance. The spectators and television audiences were awed by Ashley’s incredible speed, and astounding jumps and incredible speed and the sport began gathering a following. This canine sport has become a popular pastime for many pet parents with active and athletic dogs. Due to the agility and flexibility of the Norwegian Lundehund, this breed is extremely well suited to this sport, and the changeable nature of the routines helps to prevent boredom and ensure consistent mental stimulation.