The Lundehund in Canada
By: Frances Wagner   2004
In 1960, Egil Lorentzen brought a pair of dogs to the Kamloops area, British Columbia from the island of Senja, Norway.  These dogs. both steel grey in colour,  were the male, Denny and the female, Tossy.  For a long time it was thought that these dogs were Lundehunds.  Frank Mostad, also a resident of British Columbia, whose family traces its roots back to Mostad on the island of Vaeroy, looked into the history of Lorentzen's dogs and found that the Norsk Kennel Klub had no record of them.  Senja is a large island in the Lofoten chain about 175 miles to the northeast of Vaeroy.  Vaeroy is a small island and is the southernmost of the chain except for Röst.  The dogs in question could have been Senjahunds.  From descriptions in the older literature they have no close resemblance to the Lundehund.  More recent dog books do not mention the Senjahund.
This brings us to the first purebred Lundehunds to come to Canada.  Arnold Ovesen, of Vancouver, B.C. imported Linesviken's Ask-Viking,  N21592/86 (male) and Linesviken's Embla-Saga, N21600/86 in 1987.  The breed was not recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club at the time so he registered them with the Norwegian Lundehund Club of America, Inc.  They were Numbers LM000031 and LF000032 respectively.

Linesviken's Ask-Viking

Linesviken's Embla-Saga

The next Lundehunds were acquired in 1990 by Frances Wagner who had bred Shetland Sheepdogs under the Thicketwood prefix for 20 years.   These dogs came to Nova Scotia.  First was a female, Heide Lunde's Mira Fern, bred by Hedy Harrison of Lancaster, California.  "Snowflake" came in March and was followed in June by "Boe" (Ovesen's Thicketwood Bodi ), whose parents were Arnold Ovesen's "Ask" and "Embla."  Both were registered with NLCA, Inc.  

Heide Lunde's Mira Fern  and  Ovesen's Thicketwood Bodi

Shortly thereafter, the Canadian Kennel Club instituted a Miscellaneous Class for breeds that, in future, would be considered for full recognition.  The Norwegian Lundehund was one of the breeds on the list.  Miscellaneous Class certification allowed for participation in Obedience Trials but not in Conformation competition although a dog could be entered For Exhibition Only.  Application was made later for full recognition of the breed, a goal that was accomplished as of October 28, 1993.  At that time, application could be made on the basis of ownership of only one or two dogs, plus the payment of an "Administration Fee" of $100.  The process for getting a breed recognized is more complicated nowadays but still does not need numbers of dogs anywhere near what AKC requires. 
"Boe" had succumbed to the Lundehund Syndrome in February 1992.  A litter had been born to "Snowflake,"  sired by "Boe," in December 1991, prior to recognition of the breed.  However, CKC registered him posthumously so that the litter could be registered.  Lundehunds were on their way in Canada.  Five more litters have been born at Thicketwood since then, and at least one other litter elsewhere in Canada.  Arnold Ovesen's pair had several litters, but "Boe" was the only one to have CKC registration. 
The first two Canadian champions, finished in 1997 and 1998 respectively, were Nondas Thicketwood Bjarni and Trillium Thicketwood Gyda in Nova Scotia, followed in 2001 by Ekko Kaya  av  Asen and Asvald's Ekko of Bandit,  both owned by
the Dobells of Kamloops, British Columbia.  Two more, Ch. Norwegian Ginger Snap and Ch. Happyvale Pallyn Per Lofoten, have since been finished in British Columbia.  The current number of CKC-registered Lundehunds is estimated to be between 12 and 15.  There is one known owner in Quebec, at least one other in British Columbia and an owner of a neutered male in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. 
In February 2004 a problem came to light arising from the NLCA, Inc. registration records having been handed over to the Foundation Stock Service of the American Kennel Club (AKC/FSS), a database service.  This service is for breeds not recognized by AKC and, because of this, CKC does not recognize FSS papers.  There had been no problem obtaining CKC papers when registration was administered by NLCA, Inc.  Now that the Club's registry is up and running again (late 2004), Canadians can once again get CKC registrations for dogs imported from the United States provided they are registered with NLCA, Inc.

Photo Credits: 
Linesviken's Ask-Viking and Linesviken's Embla-Saga ---Frank Mostad, 1993
Heide Lunde's Mira Fern and Ovesen's Thicketwood Bodi---Frances Wagner, 1990


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