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GENERALBreed group: Working Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Hunting, Jogging, Sledding, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 30-60 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & Brown, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-12 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The term Siberian Laikas refers to Russian working dog breeds of Northern type. It is a generic name for different laika races. Six breeds belong to this group which are West Siberian Laika, East Siberian Laika, Russian European Laika and Karelo-Finnish Laika, Northeasterly Hauling Laika and Nenets Herding Laika. The first four are hunting dogs for bear, elk, forest birds, which are also occasionally used for pulling sleds; one is a herding dog (which can also pull sleds) and one, the Hauling Laika, is a pure sled dog. These breeds are classified by regions. Generally, all Laika breeds have thick and wooly coats that protect them from extreme cold temperatures, strong and muscular necks and feathered tails. They are hardy and resistant breeds that can survive in extreme harsh conditions with minimal care. The Laika dogs are very hard working, affectionate and loyal dogs that are easily trainable with a firm and experienced trainer. The Laika breeds are NOT recognized by AKC however they are recognized by FCI, UKC and CKC.
The Laika dogs come in different colours that depend on specific breed. Common colours include pure white, buff white, pied, brindle, sesame, red sesame, black sesame, gray, tan and salt & pepper.
Generally, the Laika dogs have double coats. The outer coats are harsh, coarse and straight while the undercoats are soft and dense. The coats protect these dogs from extremely cold temperatures.
All Laika breeds are very affectionate and loyal to their owner, sometimes to the point of being a one-man dog. They are wary of strangers and can be boisterous and noisy, which makes them particularly unsuitable for living in an apartment. They are very resistant and can survive in the harshest conditions, even when given only minimal care.
The Laika dogs are mostly used as working dogs and can survive with minimal care. Their coats do not need much grooming.
These dogs are of independent nature and can be stubborn and willful when they want. They need experienced, confident and firm owner who can guide these dogs with firm hand. In the hands of an inexperienced or weak owners, these dogs will be quite a handful to control and train.
The Laika dogs are high energy dogs that need lots of physical and mental stimulation if they are not hunting or working as sled dogs. These dogs will appreciate daily walks, jogs, hiking, tracking and such different activities.