Yakutian Laika History
The Yakutian Laika is a domesticated breed of dog originating in Siberia. It is one of two native breeds of dogs that live on the permafrost plateaus of central Asia, the other being the Alaskan Malamute. The origin of this indigenous Siberian subspecies of the Canis lupus familiaris is not precisely known. It is believed to have come from the Asian wolf, and may have arrived in the area some 10,000 years ago. The Yakut people tamed the Laika, and hunted it for food. The first recorded mention of the cattle-driving canine was in 1637 by the Dutch explorer Willem Barents, who described it as a “white animal of small size”. The association with the Chukchi people, however, goes back some 3,000 years. The Chukchi considered it a sacred animal and believed that it had supernatural powers.
Yakutian Laika Physical Characteristics
The Yakutian Laika is a large, medium-to-large breed of dog of the Spitz type that originated in Siberia. The breed is adapted to life in the cold regions of the Siberian taiga and Altay Mountains. It is known for its thick, white double coat.
Male Height Range: 21 – 22 inches
Female Height Range: 20 – 22 inches
Male Weight Range: 50 – 66 lbs
Female Weight Range: 50 – 66 lbs
Yakutian Laika Health
Description of breed health.
Yakutian Laika Health Concerns
Eye Problems, Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Yakutian Laika Temperament and Behaviour
The Yakutian Laika is a spirited and fun-loving, but extremely gentle and sensitive, breed of dog. They are very intelligent and highly trainable, but are also very sensitive and perceptive. They are often shy with strangers, but devoted and loyal to their owners.
Yakutian Laika Activity Requirements
The Yakutian Laika is a Russian hunting dog that was developed over thousands of years. Although they are small in stature, they have the energy of a much larger dog. While they are not as high strung as some other breeds, the Yakutian Laika does require quite a bit of exercise and mental stimulation. They are happiest when they can spend time outside, exploring and playing. They are also very intelligent and benefit from puzzle toys and other mentally challenging games. While they do not require a lot of space, the Yakutian Laika does like to romp around outside. They are best suited to homes with yards where they can get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
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Kennel Club Recognition
American Kennel Club
Recognized by the American Kennel Club
Yakutian Laika is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.
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The Kennel Club
Yakutian Laika is part of the Unclassified group.
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Australian National Kennel Council
Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council
Yakutian Laika is part of the Utility group.
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Canadian Kennel Club
Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club
Yakutian Laika is part of the Working Dog group.
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