West Siberian Laika adult black and white

West Siberian Laika

West Siberian Laikas are still used for hunting in their native Russia, so there are specialised kennels in several hunting areas.

About the West Siberian Laika

West Siberian Laikas are mainly bred for hunting in their native Russia. These versatile animals are also good herding and draft dogs. When they don’t work, they are well balanced but lively.

West Siberian Laikas are the most prevalent hunting breed in Russia and widely spread in all wooden areas of the country, from Karelia to Kamchatka. The breed seems to be especially popular in its native/original areas.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 5
Size category
Avg life expectancy
14–16 years

Lively / Assertive / Even-tempered / Alert / Sensitive / Confident

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Obedience training is essential
  • Makes a great family dog
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