West Siberian Laika
cut 50 - 60cm
weight 18 - 24kg
hair characteristic double coat made of a coarse, dense outer coat and an abundant woolly undercoat
dress very varied and range from black, white, grey, yellow, brown in the most diverse shades to variegated or spotted animals.
eyes triangular dark brown implants very obliquely
ear erect set high
behaviour calm, balanced, intelligent and able to learn
federation FCI Nomenclature Group 5, Section 2, No. 306
Care: requires a lot of care, brush and comb daily Utility: good hunting and companion dog, but also usable as a sled dog Life expectancy: 10 - 12 years
The West Siberian Laika is also called the hunting dog of the forests of the Urals, West Siberia and the Ob valley. It is probably the most widespread of all the Laikas and is used particularly for hunting big game. The name Laika is not originally a breed name, but comes from Russian [Russian: lajatj,: to bark], characterizing the peculiarity of the Laika to immobilize the game and to bark for a long time until the arrival of the hunter. In 1947, the Congress of Soviet Cynologists established standards for four Laika breeds, three of which have since been recognized by the FCI, including the West Siberian Laika.