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East Siberian Laika

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Breed Information
Popularity #
Name East Siberian Laika
Other names Vostotchno-Sibirskaia Laika
Origin Russia
Breed Group HoundNorthern Breed (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AggressiveEven TemperedFearlessLoyalProtective
Height Male: 22–26 inches (55–66 cm)Female: 20–24 inches (51–60 cm)
Weight 45-55 pounds (20-24 kg)
Colors BlackBrownGreyWhite
Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
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Child Friendly 0 stars
Dog Friendly 0 stars
Exercise Needs 0 stars
Grooming 0 stars
Health Issues 0 starsHypoallergenic: No
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Playfulness 0 stars
Shedding Level 0 stars
Stranger Friendly 0 stars
Trainability 0 stars
Watchdog Ability 0 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Molly
02 Max Bella
03 Murphy Lady
04 Jack Luna
05 Rocky Izzy
06 Louie Ellie
07 Gus Lulu
08 Lucky Annie
09 Sam Riley
10 Gizmo Cookie
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Males are 55 to 66 centimetres (22 to 26 in), while females are on the smaller side at 51 to 60 centimetres (20 to 24 in). Black and tan, with light patches (called karamis), grizzle, patched, ticked, white, grey, black, red and brown of all shades. There are two major types, the Evenki and the Irkutsk; other less important types are the Yakutia, Amur and Tofolar. These types vary in color and physique, as the ESL is still more of a diverse conglomerate breed than the other three Russian Laika breeds. Physically the ESL is somewhat rangy, nearly square in proportion, slightly higher at the withers than at the croup, robust in bone; head shape varies with the regional varieties. Ears are erect and triangular, the tail carried in a curve over the back. The coat is a medium long double coat with straight coarse guard hair and a soft thick undercoat.

Highly aggressive towards large predators, they are calm and well-tempered with people, although they can be good watchdogs and if encouraged will be protective against human intruders. Generally, they seem to be good companion dogs and can also be trained in obedience.

The East Siberian Laika is descended from the Spitz-like Aboriginal dogs that were most likely brought to the areas of the Baikal Lake region, Irkutsk Province, Evenki National Territory, Amur River basin and the Maritime Territory by tribes that were migrating from the west. Early Laikas in the east of Siberia were diverse in their size, head proportions, size of ears and shape and carriage of tail. Some of this diversity is still seen in the breed today. The East Siberian Laika is the largest of the Russian Laika breeds used for hunting. It is also used as an all purpose draft, sledge and drover dog. The East Siberian Laika was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.