The Laika dog breed is partially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale). The special feature of this pedigree dog is that the designation Laika is valid for all typical representatives of this breed. This is particularly evident from the standard numbers 304 to 306. This Nordic dog belongs to group 5 – Spitz and archetypal dogs in Section 2 – Nordic Hounds. There are other Laiki recognized by the Russian Cynological Union.
History of the Laika
The Laika is an ancient Russian breed of dog. Bred for hunting and locomotion in the vast expanses of Siberia. The first written mention of this type of dog dates back to the 19th century. This prick-eared hunter was and is indispensable for people in northern Russia (Soviet Union). The diversity of the Russian north is also reflected in the Laika.
Depending on the area, there are slight differences in the appearance and character of the Laiki (plural). The name refers to the Russian word for barking (bajaj). After locating the game, the silent hunter called his human companion loudly by barking. It was not until 1947 that the Old Russian Cynological Congress grouped the Laika breed into different Laika breeds. The Russian standard is worded more generously and includes six different Laiki strokes. The somewhat stricter guidelines of the FCI have now only recognized three of these breed types.
Essence and Character
Hunting is Laika’s passion. He has stamina and resilience. But there is another side to this robust and powerful dog. He is gentle and affectionate towards his owner. The confident Laika is calm and balanced with enough workload in everyday life. He possesses a certain level of distrust of strangers. This circumstance makes it suitable as a guard dog. Don’t underestimate their willingness to bark.
Acquisition of a Laika
The Laika dog breed is not very common in the western world. The few Laika breeders in Germany test future dog owners by asking specific questions. With these reputable breeders, the living conditions of the interested party are more important than their own earnings. The price of a purebred puppy is between Euro 1,300 and Euro 1,500. Note: A Laika takes up a lot of space, is time-consuming to keep, and requires “dog sense” (experience).
What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?
A “bargain” on the Internet is not recommended. The specimens offered are often not purebred. Reputable sellers are mostly registered in the VDH (Association for German Dogs). Other important contacts for the purchase of a Laika are the “Laika-Club e. V.” or the “German Club for Nordic Dogs e. V.” Buying a Laika takes time and involves long journeys.
Puppy Development and Education
You should educate Laika dogs from an early age with consistency. Please don’t confuse consistency with “hard hand”. In any case, you should have experience with more difficult dog characters. A Laika is not for beginners. Socialization is an important part of raising the Laika. This will make future encounters or living with other dogs easier.
Living together with cats is not ruled out in principle. Both species have to make compromises in their behavior. This is best done at a young age. Another aspect is trust in people and their families. Despite its independent character, this breed loves to live with people. The basis for the relationship of trust is laid in puppyhood. The combination of consistency, trust, and activity turns a Laika into a loyal, well-balanced, and sometimes cuddly roommate.
How Do I Hold a Laika?
A Laika is not suitable for purely living in an apartment. This original dog should at least have a garden at its disposal. Ideally, you live in a rural area. He needs a lot of exercise and employment. In addition, he should only be left to himself for a few hours. A full-time job for a single with this dog breed is a bad idea.
Activities with the Laika
A Siberian Laika is a passionate hunting dog. You should use this trait for dog sports. When choosing sporting activities, you should pay attention to the idiosyncratic and independent character. The Laika will never become a command taker. The ideal dog sport demands its intelligence and its physical performance. Activities in the field of draft dog sports suit his facilities.
Health and Care
The Laika is a hardy and original breed of dog and vet visits are only necessary for routine checks. The maintenance effort is not great. Regular brushing is sufficient. You should only brush the fur every day when it is shedding its fur. Through this activity, you can your dog in the coat change phases