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Laika

Laika is a representative of a rather large group of hunting dogs, which have been used since ancient times to hunt feathered game and fur-bearing animals. Having found prey, this dog with a loud bark attracted the attention of its owner, which got its unusual name.

Laika: characteristic features of the breed

Laika is a beautiful, large dog with a powerful, stocky, muscular body and a thick coat. In this breed, sexual dimorphism is quite clearly expressed, since males usually have a larger size (52-63 cm in height and weight - 42-50 kg) and a more massive constitution. Like girls rarely grow taller than 55cm and weigh more than 45kg.
Laika is a not very tall dog with a compact, proportional body, which should not look too heavy or massive. Usually these are individuals with a deep, wide chest, not too long, muscular neck, a wide, flat or slightly sloping back of medium size, a flat or tucked belly, an elongated, flexible loin, a rounded croup and a high, well-defined withers. The forelegs and hind legs are usually of medium size or slightly smaller, strong, muscular, even, with round or oval, wide paws, well-clenched toes, hard, rough pads and long nails. The tail is long, thick, fluffy, drooping down towards the hock, or curled upwards over the back in a slightly twisted donut.

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The head of Laikas is of medium size or even smaller (usually in direct proportion to the body of the dog), wedge-shaped, oval or blunt-wedge-shaped in outline, with a wide, sloping nape and a clear transition from the forehead to the muzzle. The muzzle is usually oblong, wide or narrow, deep, with almost flat, expressionless cheekbones, a wide nose, large nostrils and large jaws. Dark brown or chocolate brown, set wide apart, almond-shaped, oval or rounded eyes have tight-fitting, dry eyelids. Ears set rather high, wedge-shaped or triangular, erect.

The body of Laikas is covered with very dense, straight, hard, short, long or moderately long hair, with a soft, dense undercoat. Coloring can be very diverse and depends primarily on the type of dog.

Laika: the history of the breed

Laika is one of the oldest hunting dogs on Earth. With its help, from ancient times they hunted forest and waterfowl, fur-bearing animals, wild boar, deer, elk and even a bear. The main task of this dog was to find the animal and show its hiding place to its owner. In Europe, this type of hunting in the Middle Ages was supplanted by the corral of the beast with the help of hounds such as the greyhound, beagle or basset hound. Therefore, over time, huskies as a species of hunting dogs have practically disappeared from the face of the Earth. However, an insignificant population of these dogs remained in Siberia, the Far East and East Asia, where, as hundreds of years ago, it continued to hunt side by side with the indigenous inhabitants of the taiga forests. The situation changed in 1946, when a decision was made in the USSR to revive the fur trade, in which these dogs were qualified.Dozens of nurseries arose throughout the Soviet Union, where they not only raised and trained the existing Laika breeds, but also worked to create new ones.

The revival of huskies did not go unnoticed by Western dog breeders, who were primarily interested in them as companions.

Nowadays, huskies are a fairly large group of hunting and domestic dogs, which are quite devoted friends of modern man.

Laika: character traits

Laika is a friendly, loyal, hardy, kind dog, with a rather independent, stubborn character. Although she is a devoted friend of her master, she always strives to become his full partner. This is manifested primarily in disobedience and ignorance of commands, which, by the way, she knows and understands very well. However, if she is tough enough to besiege her in time, then she will very quickly turn into a calm and loyal friend again.
When buying this dog, it is very important to remember that it is primarily a hunter, therefore it does not tolerate being close to other pets.

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Of course, with early socialization, she can be weaned from attacking other pets, but she is unlikely to deny herself the pleasure of driving a cat or barking at a squirrel.

As for young children, here the husky behaves more than carefully and patiently. She will forgive her little owners absolutely any pranks, without the manifestation and shadow of aggression. She is quite friendly to strangers, so this dog is categorically not suitable for the role of a watchman.

Laika: maintenance and care

Laika usually has a rather dense woolen cover, so it is not afraid of frost at all and lives peacefully in an open enclosure. It is very important for her to have a lot of space, so she is categorically not suitable for keeping in a house or apartment. It should be borne in mind that this dog is categorically not suitable for the protection of the site, since it has a rather open, good-natured character.

Laikas come from wolves, so their wool has a special structure and is completely devoid of the characteristic “doggy” smell (which cannot but please their owners). Because of this, these dogs need to be washed no more than 1-2 times a year (some sources generally talk about the dangers of water procedures for these dogs). Therefore, taking care of them comes down to weekly brushing of hair, cleaning ears and teeth, and clipping of nails.

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