Russo-European Laika

Other names: Russko Evropeïskaïa Laïka, Russo-European Laika

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The Russo-European Laika is a medium-sized dog of sturdy build, with well-developed musculature and powerful bones. and the body of which can be inscribed in a square, the length being equal to or simply slightly greater than the height at the withers. Males are significantly more massive than females. The gaits of the Russo-European Laika are characterized by supple and free movements.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Russia
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 30 kg From 48 cm to 54 cm
Male From 20 kg to 30 kg From 52 cm to 58 cm
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History of the breed

the   Russo-European Laika   is a dog native to northern Russia . His ancestors are mainly the Laikas Cheremis and Zyrianskiy. Several varieties have been developed by breeders scattered in various regions, including those of Komi, Karelia, Votiatsk and Arkhangelsk. After World War II, these varieties were brought together under one and the same breed, that corresponding to the Russo-European Laika that we currently encounter. A first official standard was approved in 1952.

The Russo-European Laika breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on June 3, 1980. Its official FCI standard in force was published on October 13, 2010.

Physical features

His hair: straight and hard in texture. The outer coat is associated with an abundant, thick and soft undercoat. Shorter and dense at the level of the head and ears, longer on the shoulders and around the neck, constituting a collar. Also longer at the withers.
Its color: unicolour white or black, two-tone black with white markings or white with black markings.
Its head: triangular in shape and, seen from above, wedge-shaped. The skull is broad, the occipital protuberance well pronounced, the stop also pronounced but not abrupt, the nose of medium size and black in color, the muzzle pointed and a little shorter than the skull, the lips joined together, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, the cheeks well developed.
His ears: V-shaped, erect, medium to small in size, lively, set high and ending in a point.
His eyes: medium in size, oval, brown or dark brown in color and displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: robust, dry and harmonious. The withers are well pronounced, more in males, the back is straight and muscular, the loins short and broad, the croup broad and of moderate length, the ample chest, of oval shape and well let down, the line of the bottom raised.
Its tail: carried above the back, the buttocks or the back of the thighs, sickle or coiled.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Russo-European Laika   is a dog of balanced temperament , full of assurance and liveliness . Versatile hunting dog , it has a powerful flair that makes it easier to detect and track game. The Russo-European Laika is naturally independent and dominant . He is attached to his master and is suspicious of strangers.

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the   Russo-European Laika needs a firm education and quality socialization . You should not use any form of brutality towards it, but rather it is recommended that the emphasis be on positive reinforcement , focusing on rewards and encouragement. The reminder is to be instilled in him from an early age.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Due to his independent character and dominant temperament, the   Russo-European Laika   not suitable for all masters. You need a minimum of dog training experience to know how to manage it and take it in hand. He prefers living spaces offering him large spaces with urban and restricted settings.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Laïka Russo-European is a rustic and robust dog , which resists difficult climatic conditions, but which remains more sensitive to strong heat. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Umbilical hernia
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets advises you to take out Laika Russo-European dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Russo-European Laika is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Russo-European Laika   is subject to 2 moults per year during which it can lose a lot of hair. However, it is not difficult to maintain and requires only basic care.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week . During the moult, brushing becomes daily. The Russo-European Laika does not need a bath, unless it is very dirty.

Its eyes, ears and pads should be examined carefully for the presence of debris. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Russo-European Laika is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Russo-European Laika is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Russo-European Laika is a hardworking dog by nature. As such, he must be able to exercise and be stimulated on a daily basis through long walks and games.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1980


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