NLAA History


July 16 – Sakari Kennels (Peter & Tracy Rousseau) became the 1st ever Lundehund kennel to participate in the AKC/Eukanuba Breeders Stakes. Special thanks go to the following NLAA members, all of whom assisted & showed at this 4-day long show in San Antonio, Texas

  • Letty Afong & Sakari’s Bound for Glorie
  • Nicole Guillory & Sakari’s Aesop
  • Sue St. Cyr & Sakari’s Bound for Infamie



December 4-5 – NLAA held a Meet the Breed booth at the 2010 AKC/Eukanuba Nationals in Long Beach, California. Special thanks to Peter Rousseau, Sharon Pederson, Beth McCooey & Michelle Swanson-Koenig & their 7 Lundehunds for helping to educate the public on our breed

October 8-9 – 7th Annual NLAA Specialty held in Wauseon, Ohio
Friday, the NLAA held a “B” match, observed by 10+ AKC judges
Saturday, the NLAA hosted a Judges Education seminar, followed by the Specialty

August 27-29 – Pete Rousseau represented the NLAA at the 4th annual AKC Parent Club meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina

July 24-25 – Sharon Pederson, Letty Afong, Judy Wallace & Sue St. Cyr presented a Judge’s Education seminar to 35 judges at the Non-Sporting Institute in Houston, Texas. Several comments were submitted by the attendees that this seminar was one of the most memorable that they’ve attended.

July 3 – Pete & Tracy Rousseau and Brenda Solomon presented a Meet the Breed booth at the Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club, Loveland, Colorado

February 11 – The Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club have voted to approve the Norwegian Lundehund for full-recognition.  The breed to be registered in the AKC Stud Book beginning on December 1, 2010.  The breed to be eligible to compete in the Non-Sporting Group beginning on January 1, 2011.



December 12-13 – NLAA supported a Meet the Breed booth at the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba Nationals in Long Beach, California. The event was a resounding success, discussing the breed with dozens of AKC Judges, hundreds of the general public and several media & press representatives.  Being the 125th Anniversary of the AKC, this years event featured Open Entry instead of the normal Invitation Only format. They also allowed Miscellaneous Class breeds to enter. This allowed for the opportunity of 4 Lundehunds to show at this prestigious event.  Our Booth won the 3rd place award for the Miscellaneous Class in the Best Booth contest

September 11 – 6th Annual NLAA Specialty held in San Rafael, California

February 20 – Karon Plasha presented an educational seminar for the Sons of Norway lodge in Fairfax City, Virginia. ~90 people were in attendance – roughly double the normal monthly attendance.



December 13 & 14 – Pete Rousseau & Sharon Pederson, along with “Cosmo”, “Max”, “Mitch” & “Shelton” worked at the Meet the Breed booth, AKC/Eukanuba National Dog Show in Long Beach, California

Our booth won the 2nd Place award for Miscellaneous Class breeds in the Best Booth contest

July 12 – 5 Lundehunds entered in the AKC conformation debut show at the Roaring Fork Kennel Club show in Eagle, Colorado

July 11 – 5th Annual NLAA Specialty held in Eagle, Colorado

June 7 – Pete Rousseau traveled to Trondheim, Norway to attend the NLK Specialty
As President of the AKC-recognized parent club, he was asked to speak to the membership at the dinner after the show to discuss the future expectations of the American club, issues pertaining to import/export rules, etc.

May – First American-bred Lundehund to receive a German Champion title from the Deutscher Club für Nordische Hunde (DCNH) (the German Club for Northern Breeds)
Cliffhanger Elsking Prinsess earned 5 German CAC points from DCNH at Nürnberg 2007 & 2008, Rheinberg 2008, Dortmund 2008 & Saarbrücken 2008

May 9 – NLAA is working with AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) to establish a ‘donor advised fund’.  This initial amount was combined with the Frank Bays Memorial Fund for a current total of $1,390.00.  AKC-CHF requests a minimum of $2,000 to establish a donor advised fund.  If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please e-mail our Treasurer.  If you would like more information about AKC-CHF, please click HERE to visit their website.

April – First American-bred Lundehund to receive a German Champion title from the Verband für Deutsche Hundwesen (VDH) (the German Kennel Club)
Cliffhanger Elsking Prinsess earned 5 German CAC points from VDH at Nürnburg 2007 & 2008, Lahn-Dill-Schau 2007 & 2008 and Rheinberg 2008

February – First American-bred Lundehund to receive an International Champion title from the Federation Cynologique Internationale using wins exclusively in Europe & shown by her American owners.  Cliffhanger Elsking Prinsess earned 4 CACIB points at Nürnburg, Germany 2007 & 2008, Fribourg, Switzerland 2008 & Châlon en Champagne, France 2008.

NLAA member Harvey Sanderson quoted in the February 2008 AKC Gazette article titled Something Completely Different – What are the rewards and challenges of choosing a rare breed?



November 13 – the AKC Board of Directors voted (unanimously) to approve the Lundehund to move into the Miscellaneous Class effective July 1, 2008.  They also confirmed the NLAA will serve as the Parent Club.

October 8 – the AKC Board of Directors reviewed the Lundehund & the application to move forward into the Miscellaneous Class effective July 1, 2008.  We’re expecting this to be voted on at the November meeting.  Click HERE to see the Board meeting minutes.

September 14 – NLAA National Specialty held in San Rafael, California

July 28-29 – Peter & Tracy Rousseau and Sharon Pederson travelled to Morokulien, Norway to attend the Swedish and Norwegian national Specialties

With over 100 entered, plus puppies, elderly & pet Lundies present, it was estimated that we easily saw over 10% of the world-wide population together on the fairgrounds!

July 20-22 – NLAA was asked to send 2 delegates to attend the AKC Parent Club Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  Harvey Sanderson & Peter Rousseau were asked by the Board to attend.



September 15 – NLAA National Specialty held in San Rafael, California.  Held in conjunction with the Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club’s annual AKC show

32 Lundehunds entered, several more in attendance — estimated 15% of all Lundehunds in the US were there

April 8 & 9 – NLAA members & their Lundehunds spoke with approximately 400 people for the “meet the breed” during the Terry-All show at the Adams County Fairgrounds, Henderson, CO

March 21 – NLAA members Frank Bays & Sharon Pederson gave a Breed Seminar to AKC judges & members of the Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club, San Rafael, California

February 19 – Club member (Peter Rousseau) attended a Genetics & Breeding seminar at the Rocky Mountain Cluster, Denver, CO

February 02 – UKC announced the Top Ten results.  The 7 Lundehunds listed & their families are all NLAA

January 03 – NLAA offered & Plum Creek Kennel Club has accepted a “Meet the Breed” and a Breed Seminar at the ’07 Rocky Mountain Cluster.  PCKC is co-host to the 2nd largest cluster in the U.S.



October 21-23 – Club President attends biennial AKC-CHF Canine Health Parent Club conference in St. Louis, MO.

October 18 – AKC/FSS announced that NLAA, Inc.  recommended to serve as the breed Parent Club for all Lundehund issues in the United States.

            Click here to see the FSS letter in pdf format.

October 8 – Largest National Specialty to date

29 Lundehunds entered

5 local judges received a ringside seminar hosted by AKC Judge, Paul Ross

July 28 – Formal request from NLK President to AKC/FSS® Director of Special Services pledging support to NLAA gaining breed Parent Club status

July – NLAA, Inc. is represented at the Norsk Lundehund Klubb’s annual breed show in Værøy, Norway.

Association Secretary & International Liaison attended this prestigious event, north of the Arctic Circle

NLAA, Inc. donated trophies for Best of Breed and for Best Puppy

DNA samples gathered to assist the UC-Davis study

June, 2005 – 3 club members attended the United Kennel Club (UKC) Premier Event in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Informal educational seminar presented to 12 AKC judges

Two club members interviewed by Outdoor Life Network — shown on OLN on October 16 & 18, 2005

Received invitation to attend the AKC Canine Health Foundation Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri

Briefed audience on status of UC-Davis study

Breed presentation given to the Sons of Norway, Freya Lodge, Santa Rosa, California

May – 2nd Annual “Lundiefest” hosted in two locations

  • Tomales, California had 55 people and 46 Lundehunds
  • Aurora, Colorado had 14 people and 10 Lundehunds

KACT, Channel 8, from Aurora, Colorado brought a videographer to gather file footage for the upcoming National Specialty in October, 2005

March – Association Secretary & AKC Liaison give presentation to American Canine Education Foundation in Louisville, Kentucky.  Seminar was in support of the judges graduate course for the Non-Sporting Group

High Plains Kennel Club: Informal judges seminar – written materials & certificates provided

March 11 – 1 year anniversary of the incorporation of our Association. Membership for our inaugural year exceeded all expectations; we now can boast members in twenty-two states and 3 international countries.

 Official club vote on the issue of whether or not to pursue AKC recognition of the breed

64 ballots sent; 46 returned; 44 votes were affirmative

Association will pursue AKC recognition with 96% of the returned votes in agreement



November – High Plains Kennel Club:  Informal judges seminar – written materials & certificates provided

October – St. Vrain Kennel Club, Loveland, Colorado: Informal judges seminar – written materials & certificates provided

June – Breed presentation given to the Sons of Norway, Fjelldalen Lodge, Englewood, Colorado

Participated in a special canine display at the Palace of Fine Arts & Exploratorium in San Francisco, California

Display honoring the Norwegian Lundehund and the NLAA’s involvement is installed at the City Hall of Aurora, Colorado for a period of three months

May – 1st NLAA “Lundiefest” hosted by Cliffhanger Kennels, Tomales, California

51 people and 42 Lundehunds marked the largest turn-out of its kind in the U.S.

Canine geneticists from the University of California – Davis on hand to kick off a DNA research project.  DNA collected from 36 of the participating dogs

May 15 – hosted largest Lundehund National Specialty in the U.S. to date Christen Lang officiated the event.

May 14 – World-renowned Norwegian judge Christen Lang presented an educational seminar on the uniqueness of the breed to local judges.

April – Breed presentation given to the Sons of Norway lodge, Lakewood, Colorado

March 11 – NLAA, Inc. is officially incorporated in the State of Colorado

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