The Russian-European Laika, known in his native Russia as Russko-Evropeiskaia Laika, is a medium-size hunting dog of the taiga zone of northeastern Europe which belongs to a group of three varieties: The Russian-European Laika, the West Siberian Laika, and the East Siberian Laika. Until recent time, his home country remained either true wilderness or a country without highways. In appearance, he includes traits of similar native dogs of Karelia, Komi and other parts of northern Russia. Although very similar to the Karelian Bear Dog, the Russian-European Laika is more powerful and aggressive in its fearless pursuit of big game such as elk, bear, and wolf. In the United States and Canada, The Russian-European Laika is still a rare breed.
The Russian-European Laika has a double coat: the harsh and straight outer coat and a well developed, thick, soft, abundant, woolly undercoat. The coat on the head and ears is short and dense, while on the shoulders and the neck it tends to be longer than on the rest of the body and forms a collar. Limbs are covered with short, harsh, dense coat. There us no feathering on the rear legs. The hair between the toes keeps the foot warm. The tail is profusely covered with straight hair. This breed comes in black with white, white with black, solid black or solid white. The Russian-European Laikas stand 19-23 inches at the shoulder.
The Russian-European Laika is a working breed who needs a job to realize his full potential. If confined for long hours, he will bark persistently. He will also bark when another dog comes too close to the house and at strangers. This breed is very affectionate to his master and his family. He is very territorial and displays aggressiveness toward strange dogs.
- FCI Standard #304
- Vladimir Beregovoy. Hunting Laika Breeds of Russia
- Bruce Fogle. The New Encyclopedia of the Dog