Hope your coverage of Pavel´s development won´t make him so popular, that this willl be the next working breed to be destroyed by the show community :-(.
In Scandinavia, although a relative newcommer, it´s still an almost working breed only.
There are already Laika breeders in Netherlands and Germany who don’t really work with them. They say they do, but on the other hand, they don’t really.
Besides, there are no shortage of Laikas in the former Soviet blocs which are only show-dogs. I have had hunters from Norway and Finland sharing bad experiences with purchasing dogs from Baltic countries with certificates on penned animals and show-titles; then finding out they are not very good hunters.
The only fortune that seems to exist for now is that most dog-fanciers think the Laikas are impure mongrels or mutts.
Sounds like a wise decision Dave. Of course, that wouldn’t prevent a musher form stealing him if he looked as though he had potential as a sled dog. You might want to rechip him in a spot where a thief is unlikely to look for an rfid.