KARELO-FINNISH LAIKA

COUNTRY: USSR
WEIGHT: 25-30 pounds
HEIGHT: 15-19 inches
COAT: Dense, moderately
COLOR: Fawn
GROUP: Northern Dog

Laika refers to a type of hunting dog of Northern Russia and Russian Siberia, and is a generic name for several breeds.

Fédération Cynologique Internationale uses the word Laika in the names of three standard breeds: Russian European Laika (FCI standard No. 304), West Siberian Laika (FCI 306), and East Siberian Laika (FCI 305), which had been bred from the aboriginal dogs of northern Russia and Siberia.

The Karelo-Finnish Laika, not listed in the FCI nomenclature, is also a Russian breed, with the first standard published in Leningrad in 1936. It is a close relative of Finnish Spitz, as both breeds were bred from similar native dog populations

Skull is not wide between the ears. Eyes: Circular. Ears: Triangular, carried erect. Muzzle: Medium size and well-proportioned to the head. Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat. Biting: Scissor or level. Neck: Appears thick. Topline: Level. Chest: Oval, in the background. Body: medium-sized square. Legs: Powerful. Feet: Strong, compact. Tail: Bushy. Movement: very fast and agile, with flowing motion. Temperament: High spirit, however, very nice.