Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Russia Other Names Vostotchno Sibirskaya Laika, ESL Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Nordic Hunting Dogs - FCI
Breed Appearance The East Siberian Laika is a Russian breed of
dog of spitz type, a hunting dog originating in parts of Siberia
east of the Yenisei River. It is a beautiful breed. The compact body
as well as the white, grey, black, red and brown coat color enhances
the wolfish appearance of the dog. This breed is actually presumed
to have a close kinship to the primitive dogs. Similar to a wolf, a
female East Siberian Laika comes in estrus only once a year.
This breed was primarily developed for hunters. The breed is
acclaimed as one of the best hunting dogs for small and large game.
This breed though is the quietest and the most well tempered dog
among the four Russian Laikas. Thus the breed is kept by non-hunters
being loyal companions and dependable watchdogs.
Breed Description Head: Not heavy. Skull is the shape of
an isosceles triangle. Stop not pronounced. Clean muzzle. Tight
lips. Ears: Triangular, carried erect. Mobile. Pointed tips. Eyes: Not large. Oval. Set obliquely in the skull. Dark color. Body: Strong. Pronounced withers. Full chest is well let down.
Broad, slightly sloped croup. Belly is tucked up. Short, slightly
sloped loin. Solid, muscular back. Tail: Carried in a sickle or curled over the back or the back
of the thighs. Hair: Long, coarse, dense, straight.
Male has a mane and collarette. Dense, supple undercoat. Coat: Pepper and salt, white, gray,
black, shades of red or brown; spotted or mottled. Size: Dog: 55 to 63 cm (22-25 in) ;
Bitch: 53 to 61 cm (21-24 in). Weight: 20 to 30 kg (44-66 lb).
History The Eastern Siberian Laika originated in the
large forests in the east. It is the result of crosses of various
Laikas. This variety is used for hunting large northern game. This
breed is famous because a Laika became the "first living ambassador
from Earth" when he was hurtled into space aboard Sputnik II on
November 3, 1957.
Behavior The dog is not aggressive to humans but it
makes a good watchdog as it is always alert and it has an innate
distrust of strangers. Highly territorial, this breed would need
obedience training and socialization to curb the tendency to be
aggressive and dominant to other dogs. Smaller pets would be very
tempting to this breed because of its high prey drive.
Health This is a very hearty breed.
Advice This dog is not suited for life as a house dog.
He needs space and considerable exercise.
Function The ESL is a natural hunting dog used for a
wide variety of small and large game, ranging from squirrels,
marten, sable, and grouse to moose, bear, wild boar and mountain
lions. They can also be used as sled dogs, and guard dogs.