Breeds of dogs: Laika from Eastern Siberia

Breeds of dogs: Laika from Eastern Siberia

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Russia.
F.C.I classification: Group 5 - spitz and primitive type dogs.

This breed (East Siberian Laika) originates from the cross between different varieties of Laika (Ewenkien, Lamutslen, Amur and others) from the wooded regions of eastern Siberia and the Far East. It is a multipurpose hunting dog, sled and shooting. Unlike the "West Siberian Laika" which is also widespread in other countries such as the United States and Italy, this breed is practically unknown outside Russian borders.

General aspect

Medium sized dog. Robust construction; solid bone structure and well-developed musculature. The size index (body length x 100 height at the withers) is 104-108 in males and 106-110 in females. Solid bone structure and very well developed musculature.


He is a lively, balanced but also very independent dog. Breed that does not require great attention. It only requires a little cleaning of the coat like most breeds. Very resistant to harsh climates.

Eastern Siberian Laika (photo

Eastern Siberian Laika (photo PrzemekL)

Eastern Siberian Laika (photo


- males from 55 to 63 cm at the withers
- females from 53 to 61 cm at the withers.

Trunk: very developed withers, it forms the highest point of the back line. Large, relatively long, slightly oblique croup. Lumbar region broad, muscular, slightly convex. Wide, muscular, well-descended chest. Lower line with abdomen slightly retracted.
Head and muzzle: cone-shaped skull, with a very large upper region of the skull. Occipital protuberance clearly marked. Stop little marked. Dry and joined lips.
Truffle: black, in the subjects with white or light yellow coat also the brown color is admitted.
Teeth: strong teeth with scissor bite.
Neck: muscular, about as long as the head.
Eyes: not large, oval, oblique, dark in color.
Ears: straight, triangular in shape.
Limbs: front straight and parallel. Bachelor-humeral angle of 90 ° -100 °. Metacarpus slightly inclined. Hindquarters straight and parallel; pronounced angles. Spurs allowed. Metatarsal almost vertical. Feet almost round.
Pace: the preferred pace is the gallop alternating with the trot.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: sickle-shaped or rolled. Stretched out, it reaches the hock or it can be 1-2 cm shorter.
Skin: thick, without folds.
Long hair. The protective coat is thick, tight and hard.
Allowed colors: salt and pepper, white, gray, black, red or brown in all their shades; speckled or mottled; splashes of the corresponding color on the limbs are allowed.
Most common defects: any deviation from the above must be considered a defect to be penalized according to its severity.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: East-Siberian Laika - Gleizz Ayan Blood Tracking (June 2022).