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Russo-European Laika

Dog Russo-European Laika

The Russo-European Laika, also called the Russian Nordic Hunting Dog, is a breed of dog originating from Russia, more precisely from the western part of the country.

The Russo-European Laika is a medium-sized dog, with a muscular and athletic body. It has a robust silhouette with a deep chest and straight, well-developed limbs. Males generally measure between 52 and 58 cm at the withers, while females measure between 50 and 56 cm. The average weight generally varies between 20 and 25 kg.

Its coat is dense, thick and double, it is composed of a soft and woolly undercoat and a rough and straight outer coat, allowing it to resist cold climates. Coat color can be black and white, sand and white, gray and white, brown and white. Its tail set high is thick and curled over the back.

The head is proportional to the body, with a slightly rounded skull and a moderately long muzzle. It has medium-sized, oval-shaped, dark brown eyes and a lively, intelligent expression. The ears are medium sized, triangular, erect and slightly rounded at the tip. Its back is straight and strong, with a muscular neck.

The Russo-European Laika is an intelligent, courageous and energetic dog. He is often described as an independent dog but loyal to his family. He can be wary of strangers, making him a good watchdog. Due to its hunting dog heritage, the Russian-European Laika has a strong prey instinct and may be inclined to pursue small animals. Early socialization and proper training are important to channel their energy and behavior.

The Russo-European Laika needs regular exercise and opportunities to stay happy and healthy. Long walks, play sessions and mental work activities are recommended to meet his needs. The Russo-European Laika is generally a robust and healthy breed. Like all breeds, he may be prone to certain health conditions, such as joint problems, skin allergies, and dental problems.

The Russo-European Laika is an ancient breed native to Russia. It was developed by the peoples of northern Russia for hunting, herding and transporting sleds. The breed was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1982.

In addition to his hunting skills, he is also a pleasant and affectionate companion dog. He is gentle and patient with children and adapts easily to family life. His independence can make him stubborn and difficult to train, requiring patience and firmness. However, due to its strong hunting instinct, it must be supervised when around small pets.

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