At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 50 lbs.

Height: 21" - 24"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

West Siberian Laika

Also know as: Zapadno-Sibirskaļa Laļka

Group: Sporting

Origin: Russia (1800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: The most numerous of the Russia Laika-type dogs, the West Siberian Laika descends from dogs used by Arctic tribes in the Ural Mountain region of Russia.

Temperament / Behavior
The West Siberian Laika is calm and even-tempered. Slightly smaller than the East Siberian Laika, this breed is an excellent hunting companion that finds game, traps it, and barks until the hunter arrives. It is also adept at sledding. Makes a good companion for homes without children. The West Siberian Laika is more tolerable of other pets than its Eastern counterpart; it will live peacefully with other dogs and can learn to tolerate cats and other small pets (if raised with them from a young age).

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: Because this is a working breed, the West Siberian Laika will get adequate exercise during daily tasks and will likely not need supplemental activities.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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