The West Siberian Laika, known in his native Russia as Zapadno-Sibirskaya Laika , is a breed of hunting dogs which belongs to a group of three varieties: The Russian-European Laika, the West Siberian Laika, and the East Siberian Laika. The West Siberian Laika is believed to be the product of crossing two closely related strains of laika: laika chanteiska and laika mansiaka with the dogs used by hunters in the northern Urals and Western Siberia regions.
The West Siberian Laika stands 20-24.5 inches at the shoulder. The coat consists of rough straight guard hair and a thick undercoat. Typical colors are white, salt and pepper, gray, any shade of red and milticolor. These dogs are calm, friendly, eager to learn, and very intelligent. They are very patient and affectionate with children very devoted to their master and his family.
At present, the West Siberian Laika is among the most popular hunting dogs in Russia. The majority of West Siberian Laikas belongs to hunters and huters are their breeders. Despite the wild beauty of this breed, it is not popular among the dog show public of Russia. Like all Laika breeds, this dog looks too plain and it does not serve well as a status symbol.
- FCI Standard #306
- Claude Rossignol, Alexander Caccivio. Guide to Hunting Dogs
- Vladimir Beregovoy. Hunting Laika Breeds of Russia
- Esther J.J. Verhoef-Verhellen. The Dog Encyclopedia