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Russian-European Laika

This was the last of the three Laika breeds to be recognised. It’s also the smallest, although it is prized by hunters as a versatile breed, especially on the trail of the many bears and wolves in its native Siberia.

About the Russian-European Laika

Russian-European Laika are medium-sized, clean-cut, robust dogs with solid bones and well-developed muscles. Since the 1940's they have been overwhelmingly bred for hunting, with complementary qualities to the other two Laika breeds.

They will not be happy with a sedentary life, requiring lots of daily exercise to use up their incredible energy. As such, this breed is best sited to active owners who spend plenty of time outdoors.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Russia
Group
FCI Group 5
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Alert / Independent / Resilient / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Requires minimal grooming

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