Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Six-toed Puffin Retriever

Kelly wanted to introduce you today to a special breed of dog, newly recognized by the American Kennel Club...the six-toed Norwegian Lundehund!

According to the American Kennel Club, this dog is:
*medium sized
*black-tipped fur
*able to fold close its ears
*able to turn its head 180 degrees, so that it's chin touches its spine!
*able to turn its feet out sideways (to hunt Puffins, of course)
*oh yeah, has 6 toes on each foot


  1. That sure is a pretty dog!! Love those feet! Lots of love, Holly & Mom

  2. KELLY.... THOSE thingys.. surely do look like THUMBS to me.

    OMD.. what all we could Do with THUMBS!!!

  3. I had to come back.. I'm thinkin about this grrrrreat dawg.
    If I had those "thumb thingys".. I surely would be PUFFIN up with Pride.. and Retrieving all sorts of stuffs... Like SNACKS and GOOOOD stuffs that THEY keep in the cold box and all like that!!!

  4. It is a beautiful dog, but those feet a little creepy. I would worry about them getting the dewclaws caught as happened to one of my dogs with only one.

  5. Such a beautiful dog! Thanks for sharing this!

  6. The 6 toe thing is creepy. Looks like a mutation that doesn't really provide much benefit?

    I am pretty sure my Greyhound can touch her chin to her spine though... or pretty damn close to it. She is as flexible as a cat.

  7. What a great-looking dog. I've never heard of it before and I'm sure they are very expensive, but I'd love to have one.Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  8. you forgot to mention one thing. EVERY Lundehund suffers from Lundehund gastroenteropathy, which is an intestinal problem. Some dogs suffer greatly and other dogs seem to go through life unaffected. It probably arose from the severe inbreeding of the original foundation stock which was all of six dogs.

    Sorry to be such a bummer :O

  9. Wow! What a neat breed!
    Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Wowee, what a dog! We like the sound of the ear shutting, that would be great for when we get put in the shower, however it's bad enough having 5 toes trimmed let alone 6! Dex & Lou x

  11. Fascinating, and beautiful! Thank you for introducing us to this interesting dog.

  12. I've heard of this breed before but I didn't know it had six toes! That's pretty interesting. I wonder if the extra toes cause problems for the dogs not out hunting puffins? Probably not a dog that should be living in the city.

  13. Those feet look funny, have to agree with Jan you would think the claws would get caught!! well not dewclaws toes!!
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

  14. Wow... six toes! This is a really interesting breed... thanks for sharing!

  15. What a very pretty dog! I have never heard of the breed before and wonder if having six toes is a blessing or a curse to the dog. Interesting.

    And as Karen F. mentioned, too much inbreeding causes a lot of unnecessary pain to some pups.

    Suka and K

  16. It really is a great looking dog, definitely unique in its own way with those paws! : )


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