East Siberian Laika
Other names: Vostotchno-Sibirskaia Laika
The largest of the wolfish Laika breeds of Russia is a lean and work-lady type, as are her cousins the Karelo-Finnish Laika, Russo-European Laika, and West Siberian Laika. Informally developed to hunt, to pull a sled, and even as a drover, she has enjoyed more purposed breeding by professionals over the past half-century after her numbers declined dramatically. She is said to have the closest connection, among her cousins, to her wolf heritage, and as such she can be a little hunty and independent and therefore unsuitable for some young families. However, were you to locate one of these rare beasts for adoption, you would likely find her a loyal and serious companion.
Key facts about the East Siberian Laika
Origins and history
The East Siberian Laika is an exotic mix of Siberian wolf with the Chinese and Japanese spitz-type dogs that passed through the region centuries ago. It wasn’t until 1947 that she was granted her own breed name aside from that of her Laika cousins. Her number dipped as this all-purpose dog lost out in popularity to more specifically-purposed dogs, but efforts were made to build her number, and today her numbers are now safe, if still quite low.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types
Section 2 : Nordic Hunting Dogs
Physical characteristics of the East Siberian Laika
Female : Between 21 and 24 in
Male : Between 22 and 25 in
Female : Between 44 and 66 lb
Male : Between 44 and 66 lb
White, or piebald (white with patches). May have specks of colour on legs.
Type of coat
Double: harsh, straight outer and soft, woolly inner. Medium length.
Wolfish with a little less discipline to her look than the more cartoony West Siberian Laika, the Eastie is all the same easy on the eye: her proportionally large, serious head may give the impression of being slimmer than it is due to a wedgy outline that borders on the triangular. Her face is economical, with a short, blunt muzzle, tight lips, and slanting oval eyes. Her ears are erect and V-shaped. Her body is broad but tight, muscular, and poised for action, while the fluffy, sickle-shaped tail of this hunter of the former Soviet Union adds relief.
Good to know
The East Siberian Laika is hard to get hold of outside of her native region.
The East Siberian Laika will usually be affectionate, kind, and trustworthy towards her family.
This dog likes to be kept stimulated with play and challenges, but she can also keep herself entertained.
She is constantly on the alert.
This is one very intelligent hound, who can be used for many hunting or sledding missions.
The East Siberian Laika is a natural hunter and however domestic she may appear, those instincts linger still.
Fearful / wary of strangers
She may be wary of unfamiliar people and can be very protective of her family.
She is an independent-minded dog, since her ancestors needed to use their initiative in the field; this means she can be a bit stubborn today.
Behaviour of the East Siberian Laika
Loneliness is not a problem for her, as long as she is not constantly isolated from her social group.
Easy to train / obedience
The East Siberian Laika is clever and eager to please, so training can be a joy – except when she rears that stubborn nature of hers.
She has a pretty active voice.