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West Siberian Laika (Side View, Gray & White)
Side View, Gray & White

Breed Information


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Name West Siberian Laika
Other names Zapadno-sibirskaïa Laïka
Origin Russia
Breed Group


Northern Breed (UKC)

Size Medium to Large
Type Purebred
Life span 14-16 years







Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)

Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)


Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg)

Female: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)





Salt & Pepper


Litter Size 6-10 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average (Unknown)


Breed Characteristics


4 stars

Apartment Friendly

2 stars

This is not an apartment dwelling breed of dog. It is active and loves to explore its world, and a bored Laika is a Laika who is going to get into trouble in one way or the other to occupy its active mind.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

The West Siberian Laika needs lots of exercise, which includes a daily, long, brisk walk. Will do best with a large fenced in yard.


3 stars

This breed has a double coat and does shed a lot during the seasonal molt. However, once molted out and brushed he is manageable not much different than a German Shepherd or other dogs with double coats that shed. One important aspect to consider is that the WSL does not have natural dog body odor as with most modern breeds. A clean WSL even when wet does not smell "doggy". It will develop a warm climate coat once adapted to the warmth. The WSL is a naturally clean natured dog. Outside of seasonal shedding the breed is a clean companion. Its coat has the ability to naturally shed off dirt due to not having an oily coat as some modern dogs have.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


3 stars

Ranking: N/A Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


4 stars

Easy Training: The West Siberian Laika is known to listen to commands and obey its owner. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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West Siberian Laika Puppy (Side View, Standing)
Side View, Standing

West Siberian Laika Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Bella
02 Charlie Lucy
03 Toby Coco
04 Cooper Luna
05 Rocky Zoe
06 Duke Ellie
07 Oliver Lilly
08 Jake Stella
09 Riley Luna
10 Louie Penny
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The West Siberian Laika is a medium to large size dog, strong, well built northern breed, with a general wolf-like appearance. The breed is never coarse or massive. Due to the arctic conditions in the country of origin, the coat is very important. It must be double, dense, very hard and not too long.

Intelligent, willing to learn and easily trainable. Affectionate and loyal to his family, and friendly to strangers. The breed has a strongly developed hunting instinct and a keen sense of direction. When he finds game, he alerts the hunter by barking.


The West Siberian Laika originally comes from the North Ural and West Siberia. The current breed was developed from two different types. The breed is lighter in build and narrower in head than the East Siberian Laika. It is an all around hunting dog, used on birds and small game and also occasionally on large game. The West Siberian Laika was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1996.

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