West Siberian Laika

Other names

Zapadno Sibirskaia Laika

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

20 months

Height (Shoulder height)

55 cm


22 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / stiff/rigid / short straight hair on the face / trouser like / ruff, longer hair around the neck

Coat color

pepper&salt, white, black, red, grey, single colored or spotted

Common illnesses

sensitive to heat

Food expenses per month in €

about € 50

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


alert / lively / protective / likes to work

Bred for

game hunting / bear hunt / moose hunt

Common illnesses

sensitive to heat

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The West Siberian Laika is flushing and tracking down game. He barks continuously to call he hunter. He is bold, has great endurance, is robust and can work hours regardless the weather conditions. He is dissmissive towards strangers, but loving and patient wih his family. He likes to have a lot of space, ideally a big garden.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.