West Siberian Laika

Other names: Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka, West Siberian Laika

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The West Siberian Laika is a medium-sized dog, of strong but harmonious build, without the impression of heaviness, with well-developed musculature and bones. Males are clearly more massive than females. The gait of the West Siberian Laika is full of energy and ease, with a shortened trot alternating with the gallop.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Russia
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 30 kg From 52 cm to 58 cm
Male From 20 kg to 30 kg From 54 cm to 60 cm
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History of the breed

the   West Siberian Laika   is a dog native to the Urals and, as the name suggests, western Siberia. He is descended from the Russian hunting dogs Khanty and Manci , breeds also called Laïki Vogul and Ostyak. The first standards of the West Siberian Laika were established in 1947, then a new version was approved in 1952. The West Siberian Laika breed is now very popular with Russian hunters in Kamchatka and is highly regarded in other parts of the country.

It was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on June 3, 1980. Its official FCI standard in force was published on October 13, 2010.

Physical features

His hair: dense, straight and hard to the touch. The outer coat is associated with an abundant, softer, woolly texture undercoat. Shorter and dense at the level of the head and ears, longer around the neck forming a ruff, abundant on the tail, but without fringe.
Its color: gray with brown shades, red with reddish shades, gray, red, fawn and all shades of reddish brown. Also pure white or with plates of any color mentioned above.
Its head: wedge-shaped, well proportioned in relation to the whole, larger in males than in females. The skull is quite long, the occipital protuberance pronounced, the superciliary arches slightly developed and the stop slightly marked. The nose is moderately large and black (lighter in white dogs), the muzzle is moderately pointed, the lips joined, the jaws well developed and articulated in scissors, the stop slightly marked.
His ears: V-shaped, high set, with pointed ends, erect and very lively.
His eyes: oval in shape, rather sunken, brown or dark brown in accordance with that of the dress, displaying a look full of determination and intelligence.
His body: robust, harmonious, slightly longer than high. The neck is muscular and long, the topline solid and slightly sloping, the withers well marked, the back muscular, quite broad and straight, the kidney short, the croup wide and slightly sloping, the chest slightly lowered to the point. of the elbow, wide and long, the bottom line raised.
Its tail: carried rolled up above the back or the hips.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   West Siberian Laika is a dog with a balanced temperament . He is full of confidence and is very attached to his master , while showing himself to be particularly independent and above all wary of strangers. A versatile hunting dog , the West Siberian Laika shows vigor and determination when working on game, whether feathered or furry. When hunting, he also shows off his powerful flair.

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The West Siberian Laika is not the most cooperative of dogs, but it is a pleasant companion and an excellent hunting partner, benefiting from education (favoring positive reinforcement ) and quality socialization essential from its earliest days. young age. It is also necessary to teach him the recall very early .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   West Siberian Laika   is aimed at experienced owners who know how to educate and manage this kind of dog with an independent character . Living in an apartment does not suit him; it is rather made to live in a house with a large garden , ideally close to nature (countryside, forest, mountain …).


Ease of gaining weight

the   West Siberian Laika   is a rustic and resistant dog. There are no particular health problems in this breed, nor any predisposition to any hereditary abnormalities.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Umbilical hernia
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an insurance for Laika dogs from West Siberia .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a West Siberian Laika is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   West Siberian laika remains subject to one moult per year, or even two in females . This period can last more than 3 weeks and hair loss can be very severe. Dogs living in warm places can lose their hair all year round. Regular maintenance is therefore necessary to ensure the beauty and good condition of the coat and skin, as well as the well-being of the dog.

It is recommended to brush the dog at least once a week . During the moult, brushing is to be done several times a week in order to remove all the lost hairs. A bath is rarely necessary ; the West Siberian Laika can be bathed twice a year.

Its eyes, ears and pads should be carefully examined to detect and remove any debris. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1500 €

The purchase price of a West Siberian Laika is between € 500 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a West Siberian Laika is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   West Siberian Laika is an active and hard-working dog . He needs to spend and to be stimulated by the daily long walks, games and various exercises.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1980


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