West Siberian Laika

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type

Large, Medium


14-16 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 202
Origin Russia
Other Names Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does a West Siberian Laika cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $800 on your West Siberian Laika if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a West Siberian Laika from a shelter.
Size Large, Medium
Weight Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg),
Female: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm),
Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Lifespan 14-16 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section.
Purpose Small and Large Game Hunter
Date of Origin 1940s
Ancestry Japanese and Chinese Dogs, Wolf

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Soft
Coat Colors Black, Gray, Pepper, Sable, Salt, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Gray, Red, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Aggressive, Balanced, Defensive, Lively, Protective, Territorial
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the West Siberian Laika have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 6-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The West Siberian Laika is a medium-sized, spitz-type dog that originated in Russia. It is an ancient breed that has been used for centuries as a hunting and sledding dog. The West Siberian Laika is an intelligent, loyal, and hardworking breed that makes an excellent companion for active families.

Appearance: The West Siberian Laika has a thick double coat with a dense undercoat and long guard hairs. Its coat can be any color from white to black or gray, with some dogs having markings of different colors on their faces or legs. The ears are erect and the tail is usually carried over the back when the dog is alert or excited.

Lifespan, Size, Weight: The average lifespan of the West Siberian Laika is 12 to 15 years. They typically weigh between 40 to 60 pounds and stand between 20 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder.

Colors: The most common colors for this breed are white, black, gray, sable (a mix of black and brown), red (a reddish-brown color), and wolf sable (a mix of gray and brown).

Personality: The West Siberian Laika is an intelligent breed that loves to please its owners. They are loyal companions who thrive on human interaction but can also be independent thinkers when it comes to problem solving tasks such as hunting or sledding work. This breed loves being outdoors but also enjoys spending time indoors with its family members playing games or just relaxing together in front of the fire.

Friendliness: This breed gets along well with other dogs as well as cats if they have been properly socialized from a young age. They are friendly towards children but should always be supervised when interacting with them due to their size and strength which could lead to accidental injury if not handled correctly by adults in charge of them at all times .

Temperament: This breed has a strong prey drive so it’s important they receive proper training from an early age so they understand how to behave around other animals such as cats or small pets like rabbits or guinea pigs etc.. They can also be quite vocal so it’s important they learn how not bark excessively when out on walks etc..

Health: Generally speaking this breed does not suffer from any major health issues however like all breeds there may be some minor issues such as hip dysplasia which should always be checked by your vet before purchasing one of these dogs .

Adaptability Level : This breed does best in active households where there will always be someone around during the day who can provide them with plenty of exercise , mental stimulation ,and companionship . As long as these needs are met then this dog will make an excellent pet for any family .

Benefits : As mentioned above ,the West Siberian Laika makes an excellent pet for active families due its intelligence , loyalty ,and hardworking nature . It’s also very adaptable so it can fit into almost any lifestyle whether you live in a house or apartment . Finally ,this breed loves being outdoors so if you enjoy taking your dog on hikes then this could definitely be the perfect companion for you !


The West Siberian Laika is a Russian breed of hunting dog. It is descended from dogs brought to West Siberia from Central Asia and the Ural Mountains. The breed almost became extinct in the early twentieth century, but was revived in the 1930s and is now common in Russia.

The West Siberian Laika is a large dog, with males weighing up to 60 kg (130 lb) and females up to 45 kg (100 lb). It has a thick, double coat of fur which can be black, brown, or white. The breed is used for hunting a variety of game, including bear, moose, and rabbit. It is also used as a sled dog.

The West Siberian Laika was first recognized as a distinct breed in Russia in 1931. The breed standard was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s. The first West Siberian Laikas were exported to the United States in 1990.