Breed Review: West Siberian Laika (17 Pics)

#10 In terms of hunting, the West Siberian Laika is a real all-rounder, capable of catching any game for its adored owner, from a squirrel to a bear.

The upper and lower instincts, which are equally well developed in representatives of this breed, innate viscosity (persistence in pursuing a goal and searching for a trace) and sonorous barking help the dog not to lose the status of a super hunter. Another feature of the breed is the ability to work on the old track, which is considered aerobatics and is not given to all representatives of the section.

#11 If you plan to raise a full-fledged breadwinner from a pet, and not a useless “holder of a hunting diploma”, it is better to train an animal not on training grounds, but in natural conditions, where the animal is a real one, and not crazy from the endless barking

By the way, it is not at all necessary to make “on all hands of the master” out of the West Siberian Laika. No matter how remarkably smart the dog is, it is not able to catch a sable for you today, a wild boar tomorrow, and a bear in a week. Of course, there are exceptions, but this is already an innate gift that is found only in a select few.

#12 The degree of development of hunting instincts in West Siberian Laika depends on how often the dog is in the wild.

If you are used to taking your pet out into the forest a couple of times a season, then do not expect him to demonstrate any superpowers. For a proper Laika, going hunting should not be a holiday, but a natural change in location, where the animal must feel as confident as in its own enclosure. By the way, it is better not to delay the training. At 5-6 months, the puppy is already ready to periodically walk with the owner in the forest, practicing walking nearby and getting used to the surrounding smells and sounds. 10-month-olds can begin to be introduced to the beast. It's great if an adult hunting dog already lives in the house. In this case, the puppy will have someone to learn from. And keep in mind, if by the age of 2 the West Siberian Laika does not start working with the game, then it will be pointless to deal with it.

Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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