Lundehund health issue

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    I just got a copy of "The Dog Bible" and came across the Lundehund in the breeds section. It sounded interesting till I got to these lines
    :eek: What on earth, besides inbreeding, could cause so many individuals in a breed to have such a severe health problem? Have there been any attempts to eradicate the disease in the breed? I have a feeling if they don't get rid of the issue, the breed may go extinct from lack of healthy individuals.
     
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    It's short for Protein-loosing enteropathy or Lundehund Syndrome
    Here's a picture of the dog:
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    They are incredibly inbred. I was really interested in the dog for a while, and did a lot of reading. The breed was very near extinct; I believe I read that the numbers may have gotten as low as 20 or so dogs. They are slowly bringing them back, but obviously there are some serious issues with recovering a breed so decimated.

    My father travels to Norway and Sweden pretty frequently, and I have begged him to sneak one back for me in his suitcase. They are ridiculously cute and incredibly unique dogs.
     
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    What caused the near extinction?
     
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    They are puffin hunting dogs; puffins were no longer hunted because they became protected. So the breed no longer had a purpose. I think at one point they were assumed extinct, and in the 40s and 50s a few were discovered and the breed slowly started being brought back.

    There is one I know of that lives locally (found out about it from my vet when I discussed the breed with them, but haven't had the opportunity to meet it.
     

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