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The Yakutian Laika
The Yakutian Laika is a typical northern dog of primitive type. The roots of the rare breed are in the Kolyma region of Siberia. The breed was threatened by extinction in the 90ies. Founded by Vladimir D'Jachkov and Lena Sidorova the breed could be preserved in Yakutia.

official Breed Standard pdf file>>download

Very good and interesting review of the YL history by barkgame.org

First 2 dogs in Europe were imported to Germany by Erwin van Wel in 2002.

Yakutian Laikas can be used for reindeer herding, pulling sleds and hunting. The Yakutian Laika was developed in very ancient time for native peoples of Yakutia involved with hunting mammals and birds; the dogs were their indispensable assistants. This is a versatile dog with excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision, strong hunting drive, endurance; they are aggressive to predators and soft and gentle to humans. Yakutian Laikas are not demanding to conditions of life and easily endure hostile climate of the north. Under harsh conditions of Yakutia, they are excellent working dogs; they can work in small groups and from dawn to sunset. Peoples of vast territory of Yakutia have been reindeer herders and hunters since ancient time and the dogs were their indispensable assistants.Origin and subsequent formation of the breed are still not quite known, but because of the hard to access country and extreme natural conditions, Yakutain Laikas have lived as primitive aboriginal breeds; they were rarely confined and mated free. Naturally, local type dogs could be preserved only under conditions of complete isolation from dogs of other breeds. First scientific descriptions of dogs of Yakutia were published in late XVIII Century, when first geographic studies of the north were conducted. Prince Shirinsky-Shikhmatov wrote in his monograph about Laikas: “Researchers of the north, of course, could not overlook northern dog; they could not disagree with hard fact that presence of this dog makes life of northern people possible. It is even more strange that so little attention was paid to description of dogs of he north; their ancestral aboriginal type and numerous varieties remain obscure. There are as many types of Laikas as ethnic minorities of the north; varieties of Laikas differ clearly from each other, each has its own peculiarities and their division is indisputable”.                                                          >>>Page2