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What breed of dog was Laika, the first animal to orbit the Earth?

Question #13173. Asked by Courtney.
Last updated Sep 01 2016.

CrisW
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CrisW
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Laika *was* a laika, a Russian breed of spitz dog primarily used for hunting.

Aug 02 2001, 12:13 AM
Brainy Blonde
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Brainy Blonde

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Laika, a stray found on the streets of Moscow, rocketed to fame aboard a Soviet space ship on Nov. 3, 1957. The flight came only a month after the Soviets launched the space race by putting into orbit the first man-made satellite, Sputnik.

Laika - Mission Information:
Laika was launched aboard Sputnik 2 on November 3, 1957 by the Soviet Union. She was the first living creature in space. There was no way to return Laika to Earth so she died in space about a week after the launch. The name 'Laika' means 'barker' in Russian.

I didn't know all this, and wish I still didn't. However take your pick. She was either a Heinz 57, cross-breed, or mixed breed.

For pictures of commemorative stamps see:
link http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/space_level2/laika.html

Response last updated by looney_tunes on Sep 01 2016.
Aug 02 2001, 12:13 AM
Andy
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Andy
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Actually, her real name isn't Laika. That is her breed. Laika is a laika. Her real name is Zhuchka. To say it simply, Zhuchka's breed is laika.

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika

Laika was found as a stray wandering the streets of Moscow. Soviet scientists chose to use Moscow strays since they assumed that such animals had already learned to endure conditions of extreme cold and hunger. This specimen was an eleven-pound mongrel female, approximately three years old. Another account reported that she weighed about 6 kg (13 lb). Soviet personnel gave her several names and nicknames, among them Kudryavka (Russian for Little Curly), Zhuchka (Little Bug) and Limonchik (Little Lemon). Laika, the Russian name for several breeds of dogs similar to the husky, was the name popularized around the world. The American press dubbed her Muttnik (mutt + suffix -nik) as a pun on Sputnik, or referred to her as Curly. Her true pedigree is unknown, although it is generally accepted that she was part husky or other Nordic breed, and possibly part terrier. A Russian magazine described her temperament as phlegmatic, saying that she did not quarrel with other dogs. Vladimir Yazdovsky, who led the program of test dogs used on rockets, in a later publication wrote that “Laika was quiet and charming”. The Soviet Union and United States had previously sent animals only on sub-orbital flights.Three dogs were trained for the Sputnik 2 flight: Albina, Mushka, and Laika. Soviet space-life scientists Vladimir Yazdovsky and Oleg Gazenko trained the dogs.

Mar 22 2003, 10:46 AM
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