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Russo European Laika

Russo European Laika
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Origin / History The Russo European Laika is a spitz-type dog that originated in the region between the Uralian mountains and Finland. This breed was developed in the 1700s for hunting big game. It is said that Russo European Laikas were descended from hunting Laikas which were found in northern Russia. Some dog historians theorize that this breed is the same as, or is related to, the Karelian Bear Dog. But in many countries, these dogs are considered to be separate and distinct breeds. The Russo European Laika is also distinctly smaller than the Karelian Bear Dog. 

The first breed description for Russian European Laikas was created in 1947, and the current description for this breed was established in 1980. This breed is recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale and the Continental Kennel Club.

Appearance Russian European Laikas have a strong body with pronounced withers. They have a well let down, full chest, and a slightly sloped, broad croup. The belly of these dogs is tucked up and they have a slightly sloped, short loin. They also have a muscular, solid back. These dogs have a head that is not heavy, and a skull that is triangular in shape with a stop that isn't pronounced. Their lips are tight, and they have ears that are triangular with pointed tips. Their eyes are obliquely set in the skull, are dark in colour, and oval in shape. These dogs have a tail that is carried in a sickle or curled over their back or the back of their thighs. The coat of these dogs is straight, hard, and short on their ears and head. They have longer hair on their shoulders, neck, and withers. They also have feathering on the back of their legs.

Colours The acceptable coat colours for these dogs include gray, black, pepper and salt, and white. Colours can also be white with dark markings or dark with some white markings.

Temperament Russo European Laikas are brave and independent, and were bred to be hunting dogs. They are not usually acquired to be house dogs or pets. They can, however, be tolerant of children. Fearless and territorial, these dogs may be aggressive when other canines approach their property. Russo European Laikas may also be suspicious of strangers, and they have a tendency to bark a lot.

Height and Weight The height of these dogs ranges from 21 to 24 inches, and they have a weight that falls between 45 and 50 pounds.

Common Health Problems There are no known health problems that are specific to this breed. The illnesses affecting Russo European Laikas are those common also to other dog breeds.

Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They should be provided with a yard where they can exercise and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements Bred to be hunting dogs, Russo European Laikas are happiest when they are given a job to do. They should, however, still be taken out on a long walk daily. When not provided with enough exercise, these dogs may become restless and destructive, and may even develop behavior problems.

Training Requirements These dogs are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. Russo European Laikas have a tendency to be independent, and they need to have owners who know how to display strong leadership skills. These dogs need to be trained using firm, consistent methods. It's important for these dogs to see that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. Otherwise, they will just follow their own will and refuse to obey their owners.

Life Expectancy These dogs can live for around 10 to 12 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs should just be brushed on an occasional basis. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary.

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