East Siberian Laika
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East Siberian Laika
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History The East Siberian Laika is a breed that originated from dogs in the Irkutsk Province, the Baikal Lake region, the Evenki National Territory, the Maritime Territory, and the Amur River basin. Due to the similarity of the East Siberian Laika to Spitz breeds, it is theorized that dogs of this breed have been brought by various tribes that migrated from the west. But there were also migrations from China and Mongolia, which is probably why aboriginal Laikas in lower Amur River and Vladivostok possessed certain traits found in Japanese and Chinese dogs.
The first breed standard for the East Siberian Laika was set by K. G. Abramov, a wildlife biologist. The standard was based on the predominant type of Laikas that can be found in the Amur River region. These Laikas were used mainly for pulling sleds and hunting. Systematic breeding of East Siberian Laikas began during the 1970s in government kennels in Leningrad and Irkutsk.
Appearance The body of these dogs is muscular and broad. East Siberian Laikas have straight, parallel forelegs and hind legs, with well-defined joint angulations. Their pasterns are slightly inclined and their hocks are in a nearly vertical position. These dogs have a wedge-shaped, broad skull and a muzzle that has the same length as that of their skull. The nose of these dogs is often black, although there are some specimens of this breed that sport a brown nose. These dogs have strong teeth that meet in a scissors bite. They have oval-shaped eyes that are dark in colour, and triangular-shaped, pricked ears. These dogs have a muscular neck that is equal in length to their head. The tail of these dogs is sickle-shaped and is carried erect or curved towards their loins. These dogs have skin that is thick and has no folds.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include black and tan, white, grey, black, grizzle, red and various shades of brown. These dogs may also have patches and ticking.
Temperament East Siberian Laikas have a strong hunting instinct. They are also excellent herders and have a good sense of direction. These dogs are courageous and fearless hunters, but they are affectionate and calm when they're with their family. They are often reserved when faced with unfamiliar individuals. These dogs can get along very well with children that they are raised with, and they can be good with other pets if they are properly socialized with them.
Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height that ranges from 21 to 24 inches, while females have a height that fall between 20 and 23 inches. East Siberian Laikas weigh 44 to 66 pounds.
Problems These dogs are considered generally healthy. They may, however, get afflicted with skin problems, bite problems, eye problems, hip dysplasia and epilepsy.
Living Conditions Dogs of this breed are not recommended for apartment dwellers. East Siberian Laikas need a large space where they can run around and get much exercise. It would be best for these dogs to be provided with acreage, but a large yard will also do.
Requirements East Siberian Laikas should be provided with much exercise. These dogs should be taken out on long walks daily. It's also important for these dogs to be allowed to run freely in a large, secure area. When not provided with enough exercise, these dogs may become restless or even destructive.
Training Requirements These dogs should be trained using firm, consistent methods. Owners should know how to display strong leadership skills. It's also important for these dogs to be socialized while they're still young so that they will grow up to be well-mannered.
Life Expectancy The East Siberian Laika has an average life span of 12 to 14 years.
Grooming East Siberian Laikas are very easy to groom. Owners just need to brush the coat of these dogs to get rid of loose and dead hairs.
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