Our journeys had started long ago.
We each had its own path, but those paths crossed at a point in time. First, we each found our nordic dog. Erine first with her samoyed boy Dante and me afterwards with my Siberian girl, which I named Petra to exorcise her tendency to wonder off. By some strange trick of fate, Dante fell head over heals for Petra in an instance. And that’s how we all met. After a few years and as our pack had grown to 4 siberians and the sammie, we finally decided to share our accumulated knowledge with others, through our dogs. The foundations for “Gaia Lykaia” – the land of the wolf (pronounced “yéa leekéa”) – had been laid.
We believe in strong, healthy and well balanced dogs. These traits of course have been worn off in the mouths of breeders over the years, so we would like to clarify exactly what they mean for us and our dogs.
Our dogs must be strong. All these nordic breeds were working dogs, whose whole evolution and development was the result of the role they played alongside man in the harsh conditions and lands they were bred. As with samoyeds, siberian huskies had to pass a good part of their lives hauling through the snowy landscape. As such, only dogs with good, sound skeletons and well developed musculature could fulfil this primary and most important role.
All other duties, such as herding, hunting, and companionship were of lesser importance to these breeds. Strong dogs were the ones that were selected to breed and pass on their genes to the next generation. By strong of course, we don’t mean heavy or oversized individuals. No matter how strong a sammie could be, it should always remain a medium sized dog, smaller than a husky. A husky should always remain swift and posses ease of movement, a trait so characteristic of the breed.
Our dogs must be healthy. Through man’s intervention in the past few decades, which in most cases led to inbred populations, a series of genetically transmitted diseases found their way into even these most primitive races. Hip dysplasia and eye glaucoma started appearing ever more often, leading to the necessity of specialized tests for breeding dogs. All our dogs are checked for these disorders in regular intervals, acquiring each time the necessary certificates of good health. Only under these conditions are our dogs allowed to breed, as to produce as healthy litters as possible.
Our dogs must be well balanced. Temperament is of equal importance to us as the rest of the traits we are looking for. Only too often we find ourselves looking at morphologically correct dogs, which though are hyperactive, shy or aggressive. None of these characteristics were part of the initial “wild” populations, as dogs were intentionally selected for lack of the above. These behavioural characteristics have also crept in the current breeding population, due to lack of attention by breeders. Behaviour was considered of secondary importance, as it could easily be attributed by breeders to so-called “mistakes” that the people who bought the dogs did while raising the dog.