Original Name : Russko Evropeiskaya Laika
Type : Lupoid
Male size : 20½-22¾ inches
Female size : 19¾-22 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Russian Federation
Russo-European Laikas are medium-sized, clean-cut, robust dogs with solid bones and well developed muscles. Since the 1940s 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.
Not large, shaped almost like an isosceles triangle.
Solid, muscular back, short, slightly arched loins, broad, not long, slightly sloping croup.
Black, gray, salt and pepper, dark with light patches, white with dark patches.
Pricked, mobile, pointed at the tip.
Sickle-shaped or rolled over back or buttocks.
Hard, straight, with well developed undercoat.
Russo-European Laikas are descended from hunting Laika breeds from northern European Russia. A large number are now used in central Russia. They have been bred in large breeding centers for many years now.Russo-European Laikas have the same physical and behavioral characteristics as their West and East Siberian cousins, although they are smaller. Their coat and size are similar to Karelian Bear Dogs and, indeed, they also hunt bear.
This was the last of the three Laika breeds to be recognized. 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.