Russo-European Laika

40-50 lbs
Finland and European Russia
Russko-Evropeĭskaya Láĭka, Russian European Laika

The Russo-European Laika is a hunting dog that is specialized for treeing game but can be used to help in the hunting of game birds, moose, and even bear. They are known for their unwavering loyalty to their family and they can be extremely difficult to re-home as they frequently attempt to return to their former home. They require a great deal of socialization when young as they are naturally very territorial and aggressive towards other dogs. They may bark and appear aggressive towards strangers as well and they don’t like to be touched by others, but they rarely bite unless they are actually threatened.

purpose Purpose
Hunting Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Various Laika Breed Dogs

Russo-European Laika Health

Average Size
Male Russo-European Laika size stats
Height: 19-24 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Female Russo-European Laika size stats
Height: 19-24 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Panel

Russo-European Laika Breed History

The Russo-European Laika is a spitz-type hunting dog that originated in the mountains of Finland and the European portion of Russia in the late 1900s. Laika dogs, in general, developed as a popular type of hunting dog prior to the widespread adoption of agriculture. These original Laikas were not as well suited to an agricultural lifestyle and new breeds were imported as they were deemed more appropriate for an agricultural environment. Uncontrolled breeding between the native Laika dogs and these newer breeds nearly did away with the population of purebred Laika dogs and by the early 1930s very few remained. Russian hunters, realizing the breed was on the brink of extinction, began to breed together Laikas of several different native strains, including the Karelian Bear Laika, the Komi Laika, and Votyak Laika, among others. The dogs were bred for their working ability and these breedings, which took place prior to World War II, resulted in the first Russo-European Laikas. The majority of the Russo-European Laikas that were born in this era had a more reddish or grey coloration to their coats and the black and white configuration that we typically see today was still fairly uncommon. After the war, a new standard was adopted that named a preference for the black and white style coats and the breed name of Russo-European Laika was officially adopted. This breed was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1980 and by the United Kennel Club on New Years Day, 1996, as the Russian-European Laika

Russo-European Laika Breed Appearance

This medium-sized spitz variety dog has well-developed musculature but they still tend to be fairly lean in structure. They typically have square profiles, with their length and height being well balanced, although a few individuals may be slightly longer than they are tall, and their curved or curled tails, which they carry over their backs, are long and abundantly furnished. Their wedge-shaped heads are somewhat small in comparison to their body and they tend to be longer than they are broad with a lean pointed muzzle that is just slightly shorter than the length of the skull itself. Their oval eyes are darkly pigmented and their V-shaped ears are set high up on the head and stand up in the in the prick ear style. They also have abundant double-layer coats which are most commonly a blend of black and white, although all black and all white dogs occur as well.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Russo-European Laika eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Russo-European Laika nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Russo-European Laika coat
black Russo-European Laika coat
gray Russo-European Laika coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Russo-European Laika straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Russo-European Laika Breed Maintenance

This canine’s profuse coat requires a little more attention than most coats in order to keep it under control. If your Russo-European Laika does not get into anything messy, they will only need bathing a few times a year, but if left to their own devices, these dogs are fairly likely to get a little messy. While bathing may not be required on a frequent basis, daily brushing will help to remove the dirt, debris, and tangles that collect in their long, dense coats and may even need multiple sessions per day during the change of seasons, when this breed sheds even more heavily than normal.

Brushes for Russo-European Laika
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Russo-European Laika requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Russo-European Laika Temperament

This is an intelligent breed that is known for the loyal and enduring bond they create with their owners and their owner’s family. They tend to be fairly excitable for the most part and can be somewhat anxious, so interactions with small children should be closely supervised. They are generally suspicious of new people and prefer not to be touched by strangers. They can get along with pets that they have grown up with but can be territorial with new canines, and they have a high prey drive which may entice them to chase other fast-moving animals, although they tend to leave livestock and household pets alone. They are very alert, and as treeing hounds, they are not shy about using their voice to inform you about anything that they may detect. This makes them an excellent watchdog in larger homes but can make for an unpleasant roommate in most apartment-type settings. 

Russo-European Laika Activity Requirements

These are very active and athletic animals and they require at least an hour of vigorous activity on a daily basis. While this dog enjoys simple walks near home, they are most comfortable in the forest and they make excellent and enthusiastic hiking partners. The Russo-European Laika also naturally takes to the hunt and will generally delight in any opportunity to chase a squirrel up a tree, whether or not you wanted them to. They do best when they have plenty of room to roam in and may not be comfortable in most city settings, much less in an apartment building. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Russo-European Laika Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Russo-European Laika Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Russo-European Laika size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 31.5 lbs
Female Russo-European Laika size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 31.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Russo-European Laika size stats at 12 months
Height: 20.5 inches Weight: 40.5 lbs
Female Russo-European Laika size stats at 12 months
Height: 20.5 inches Weight: 40.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Russo-European Laika size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.5 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
Female Russo-European Laika size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.5 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs

Russo-European Laika Owner Experiences

2 Years
6 People
House & Yard
She was adopted from a rescue in Belarus 🇧🇾, and is with a good home with 3 other dogs and a cat.
1 year, 10 months ago
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