This is one of those breeds that everyone wants to pet because of their lion mane and soft fur. They have a cuddly look that people cannot resist. They have big personalities and are not usually shy. They are a very small breed usually weighing about 3 to 7 pounds and live a pretty long life of about 12 to 16 years. This breed can easily be picked up by birds or wild animals and should never be outside without a leash. These dogs come from the Norwegian territories and are most closely related to other thick furred breeds like the Elkhound and Spitz.