July 23, 2014

Laikas


Laika dogLaikas is a group of Russian dog breeds of the Spitz type.  All the main breeds of this group – the West Siberian Laika (WSL), the East Siberian Laika (ESL) and the Russian European Laika (REL) – are working dogs, bred from aboriginal dogs of northern Russia and Siberia, and used for hunting, and sometimes for sledding.

“Laika” in Russian means “barker”. It is quite a popular Russian dog name, widely known as the name of the first dog in space.

West Siberian Laika (WSL)

The West Siberian Laika (WSL) is quite a large dog standing 18-20 inches at shoulder and weighing 40-60 pounds. It has a strong and muscular body covered in a middle-size double coat of white, pepper and salt, or red and gray colors.

West Siberian Laikas

This dog differs from other Russian hunting dogs (Russian wolfhound, hunting Hounds, hunting Spaniel) and other Laikas in its great ability to focus on just one type of game, ignoring all other games. Professional hunters value the West Siberian Laika as a very reliable companion, especially when focusing on sable, pine marten and other animals with the most valuable fur. This kind of Siberian Laikas can also be trained to hunt birds.

While this Russian dog is losing its popularity in its native Russia where pro hunting is a dying profession, it is disclosing its unique potential to professional Western hunters, especially in Alaska and Canada. The Russian name of this dog is Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka (dog standard).

East Siberian Laika (ESL)

 The East Siberian Laika is the largest of the Russian Laikas (males stand 22-26 inches, females 20-24 inches), weighting 40-60 pounds. It was bred in the forest zone of Eastern Siberia east_siberian_laikaand the Far East mostly for hunting. It is a strong, courageous and hardy Russian dog with wolfish appearance, covered in a medium long double coat of black and tan, white, gray, black, red and brown colors of all shades. With its strong hunting instinct and great sense of direction the East Siberian Laika is a dependable companion to hunt small (marten, squirrel, forest birds) and large game like bear, elk and reindeer. As all Russian Laikas, it is also capable of pulling sleds.

Compared to other Laikas, ESL is better tempered and quiet.  It can be a good family dog and reliable watchdog. Its Russian name is Vostotchno-Sibirskaïa Laïka (dog standard).

Russo European Laika (REL)

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The Russo European Laika is a middle sized (males stand 21-23 inches, females 19-22 inches) Russian dog from the taiga zone of northern Russia. It has a rather small head and a compact and strong body, covered in an impressive black, gray or white double coat.

Like otherLaikas, the Russo European Laika was originally developed to hunt various kind of game.  Having a very strong hunting instinct, it successfully hunts bear, elk, boar, and pheasant, and never loses contact with its master in the forest. In Russia they call it Russko-Evropeïakaïa Laïka (dog standard).

Owning Laikas

Laikas are usually intelligent, easily trained and very obedient. They are very devoted and always look to their owners for guidance and leadership. Aggressive towards large predators, the Laikas can be very affectionate and get along well with children and home pets. They are also known as fierce protectors ready to fight till the end to save their owner from any threat.

These Russian dog breeds are rustic and resistant, and usually do not have serious health problems.

Owning Laika dog is a good choice not only for hunters but for all active people, especially farmers living in northern regions. All kinds of Laikas are energetic, dynamic and hard working. They are not very well suited for full-time indoor living and need a lot of outside exercise.

 

Laika Breeds Names:

West Siberian Laika, WSL, Zapadno-Sibirskaya Laika (Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka)

East Siberian Laika, ESL, Vostochno-Sibirskaya Laika (Vostotchno-Sibirskaïa Laïka)

Russo European Laika, Russian European Laika, REL, Russko-Evropeiskaya Laika, Russko-Evropeïakaïa Laïka

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Comments

  1. I am from the U.S. and I am looking for a russo european laika breeder in the U.S. Any help??

  2. where do i find a REL pup,i live in new zealand and looking for a Laika to hunt pigs

  3. The Laika is one of the spitz family. There are three ranges. The Russo-European Laika is descended tires hunting Laikas and originated in northerly Russia. This variety is now common in the central region of the nation. The Western Siberian Laika originated inside the northern Urals and is caused by crossing Laikas and hunting dogs. The Eastern Siberian Laika originated from the large forests in the eastern. It is the result of crosses men's Laikas. This variety is used available in hunting large northern game. This breed is famous because a Laika had become the "first living ambassador from Earth" at age hurtled into space aboard Sputnik II readily available for November 3, 1957.

  4. Hello,

    Is there a way I can find out if my dog is a West Siberian Laika she looks exactly like one of them we do not know exactly what she is she just show up at our house.

  5. Is there any breeders of these dowgs in the US?

  6. greeting

    I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I want to get a male puppy west Siberian lajk because I've already managed to get a female … I would like to become a breeder of this breed in their country and to extend this race unjustly neglected dogs, and would also use them to hunt …

    how do I get a male puppy?

    Thanks in advance

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