West Siberian Laika

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Is the West Siberian Laika right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): WSL; Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka

The basics:
The West Siberian Laika is a Spitz-type dog originating from Russia. The word "laika" in Russian simply means barker. It is related to breeds such as the East Siberian Laika and Karelo-Finnish Laika. Native hunters prize the West Siberian Laika for its ability to hunt moose, squirrel, marten, etc. with great speed and endurance in dense forests and snow. Few West Siberian Laikas have been imported into the US and Canada.

Like other Arctic dogs, they tend to demand an owner who is an experienced alpha who can provide consistent training and something useful or interesting for the dog to do.

Appearance / health:
The West Siberian Laika resembles other Arctic breeds with its erect ears, pointed muzzle, and curled tail.

Behavior / temperament:
West Siberian Laikas have a strong sense of pack hierarchy. Hunting instincts are still strong in the breed.

Early obedience training and socialization is necessary. However, they are difficult to train as they can be obstinate at times. A lot of patience and consistency may be necessary.


best friend, hunting breed, cold weather, walks, excellent health


dominating approach, big space, small pets, small apartment


natural hunting instinct, energy

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