In formation of the Russian-European Laïka a great role played various, similar in type, breeds like - Arkhangelsk, Komi, Karelian and Votyatska. Its present form, however, is due to work of specialists and lovers of the breed of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow. The first standard was established by a description of the champion dog Putik, born in 1946. It was a result of crossing the West-Siberian Laïka / hantei type / Pityuh II, which was not distinguished by high operating and exterior qualities and the black-spotted male Muzgar that had a superb working and exterior features. From this relation Pomka was born - sister of Putik. Applying the narrowest possible inbreeding, Russian experts crossed Putik with its sister Pomka and received a number of descendants, some of whom played a major role in the establishment of the new breed. An interesting fact is that Putik didn't derive any more quality offsprings.
The Russian-European Laïka is a dog of medium height, and healthy physique. Head is strong, muzzle is pointed. Ears are set high, small, triangular face up with sharp points. Eyes are oval, medium to large, expressive. Neck is well muscled, lean, with length equal to a length of head. Chest is broad and deep. Back is straight and wide. Belly is retracted, well-muscled. Legs are elegant and muscular. Paws are oval, with tightly packed fingers. Tail is mostly worn lifted and tucked round the back or side pressed to a thigh and in a relaxed position reaches hock. Limbs are covered with dense, hard and short hair, which on the back side is elongated and forms a fringe. Tail is profusely hairy and shaggy. Coat consists of hard, bearded fibers and well developed undercoat, which is soft and heavy. Coloration is mostly black and white, but can be monochrome (black, white, gray or brown).
Character and behavior
The Russian-European Laïka is a friendly dog with a soft temperament and strong expression of affection and obedience. Besides hunting, several dogs have been used as astronauts. According to some sources, this breed should never be grown at home because at a times it can be very malicious and cruel to other animals. It is suitable mainly for hunting. It has been often used by the police for detaining offenders. These dogs needs appropriate physical activities.
Training and education
Always eager to please its master and ready for action, this Laika is easy to train. Early socialization is a must and you shouldn't stop throughout the whole life of your pet. We recommend enlisting your dog in some working organizations or classes of obedience. This will give even bigger stimulation to the Russian Laika. With patience and calm approach, this dog will quickly become a kind and balanced family companion.
Life expectancy is about 12 years. Their health is very good, but as many large breeds, they are also prone to hip dysplasia and joint problems.
Grooming and care
Before choosing from a variety of puppies for sale, keep in mind that this breed is not the right choice for you if you live in an apartment, as it likes to bark and needs a lot of movement to be in good physical and mental shape.
Children and other pets
The Russian-European Laïka is suitable for children as it is very patient and playful. It is suspicious with strangers. It has very well developed territorial instincts and is often hostile to other dogs and animals. It is even possible to show aggression against them.
Some years ago remains of dogs (10.000 years old) very similar to the Russian Laika, were found after different archaeological excavations in Northern and Central Europe. Some experts believe that this is one of the oldest breeds on our continent. Check Russian European Laika puppies for sale