Yakutian Laika

photo by erica tedesco/flickr

This breed is one of the oldest in the world, probably close to 8,000 years. It originated in the Yukatia Region of Russia where it provided transportation by pulling sleds. Yakutes were the first to use dogs for pulling sleds.  In the 1800s, this breed was used for mail delivery. The breed still has the instinct for sledding and learns this skill very quickly despite being a bit stubborn about learning other tricks. The dog does well with positive training with treats.

During the 1900s the breed almost vanished but for the will of a few enthusiastic breeders. The advent of the internet has meant that people in other countries have taken an interest and its popularity is increasing.

This dog does not take well to strangers but once it gets to know someone, it will be extremely friendly and will be devoted and affectionate. It makes a strong bond with children in the household, mainly because it likes attention and exercise and playing. It does not do well left in an apartment alone all day.

The breed has a double coat and needs a weekly brushing. It comes in a variety of colors including white, black and white, brown and white and tri-color.

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Rag Dog

It has been a while since I featured a dog on this blog.

I saw a dog the other day who made me look at him twice, thrice and one more time.  The first time I saw someone with dreads, I’m embarrassed and a bit ashamed, I looked at the person the same way.  Bob Marlee wore dreads.  I’m a big fan of his music.


This dog looks as if he wears his fur in rags – the kind of rags my mom used to use to curl my hair a long long time ago.


This is the Bergamasco Sheepdog.  And according to the AKC (https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/bergamasco-sheepdog/), he is independent, intelligent and sociable.

His height is between 22 and 23.5 inches and the female can weigh as little as 57 pounds, while the male can weigh up to 84 pounds.

Life expectancy is 13-15 years.

This dog comes in black and grey as well as the above brown.  I had to know how you would groom this coat so here is a video.


By the way this dog breeds is over 2000 years old, and originates from the Italian Alps.



The Afghan Hound

glamorous cream and black afghan hound
Could be a model

One of the most majestic dogs around.  Absolutely beautiful.  It comes in several colors and looks especially gorgeous, I think, in jet black.

As its name implies, this dog originates from Afghanistan.

The height is from 61-74 cm (24-29 inch).

It can weight from 20-27 kg (44-60 lb)

This dog has unfortunately been labelled as stupid because it is difficult to train.  In fact, it is its strong independence streak that makes it hard to train.

Although the breed is not well represented at obedience trials, it is often seen in the sport of lure coursing where the dog chases a mechanically-operated lure that looks like an animal, fox or rabbit as two examples.

The dog has an expected lifespan of 12-14 years.

This dog is highly sensitive, so if you get angry often, it is probably not the dog for you.

This dog does not make a good watchdog.

Because of its independence and aloofness, it is not the best dog for small children.

It needs a lot of exercise but needs to be kept on a leash as it tends to run after small animals.  Even though it looks like royalty, it is still a hound.