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Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 5 - spitz and primitive type dogs.
The Russian-European Laika (Laika of European Russia) developed in the eighteenth century in Russia and Finland. It derives from the crossing of the "Cerelian Laika" with the "Utchaco Shepherd Dog". He is also related to the "Karelian Bear Dog". It is now widespread throughout Russia, even outside the regions of origin. For many years it has been bred in large centers.
Medium-sized, dry dog with a robust build. The bone structure is solid and the musculature very developed. The size index (body length x 100 height at the withers) is 100-103 in males and 100-105 in females.
Not a scary dog, alive. It is a race with an indomitable courage. Always maintains a great mental coldness. It is not a breed very suitable for family life. He inherited the fearless character of the "utchaco dog", his ancestor. One of its typical behavioral characteristics is a very strong sense of orientation.
Russo-European Laika (photo www.abcduchien.org)
Taras, Russo-European Laika of Ursa Major amateur breeding (photo www.canietracce.com)
Russo-European Laika (photo Konrad Loesch)
- males from 52 to 58 cm at the withers
- females from 50 to 56 cm at the withers.
Trunk: solid and muscular back. Large, not long, slightly oblique croup. Short lumbar region, slightly convex. Chest well developed and well descended. Lower line with abdomen clearly raised.
Head and muzzle: head not too large. Skull similar in shape to that of an isosceles triangle. Dry, sharp muzzle. Well fitting lips.
Truffle: black and quite broad.
Teeth: strong, white teeth, scissor joint.
Neck: quite robust.
Eyes: not large, oval, oblique, dark.
Ears: straight, mobile; pointed end.
Limbs: straight front. Pastern not long, slightly inclined. Strong hindquarters, with good angle of the hock. Spurs to be eliminated. Very long leg. Metatarsal almost vertical. Oval feet, with strong and well-tightened toes.
Pace: lively. The preferred pace is the gallop, alternating with a short trot.
Musculature: good development.
Tail: sickle-shaped or rolled, carried on the back or on the back of the thighs.
Skin: thick, without folds.
Hair: hard, straight, with highly developed undercoat.
Allowed colors: black, gray, white, salt and pepper, dark with white spots, white with dark spots. A red cloak cuts with specks on the limbs is not desirable.
Most common defects: any deviation from the above must be considered a defect to be penalized according to its severity.
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