Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 14-16 years
Weight: Male: 18-27, Female: 18-27
Height: Male: 19-20, Female: 18-19
Origin of Name: The West Siberian Laika or WSL, is a breed of spitz–type hunting dog.
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Although the exact origin of the Spitz type dogs is unknown, it is believed that all such dogs present today have their origins in the Arctic regions. Genetic testing of Spitz-type dogs has found that dogs in this group are most closely related to wolves, and are thus considered to be some of the oldest types of dogs. It is thus believed that it was the ancestor of these Spitz-type dogs that accompanied the wolves, and from that point human selective breeding leads us to the variety of dogs present in this category today.
In recent times humans have again associated Spitz type dogs with wolves to get dogs with an Alaskan Malamute looking like wolves.
The West Siberian Like is a daring highly versatile and intelligent Working Dog used for hunting sports and unlike other Russian Hunting Dogs, including the East Siberian Like and Russo European Like, this breed specializes in only one type of sport Can. This specialization is the main reason that this breed has survived and is one of the most popular Hunting Dogs in Russia to date.
In the nineteenth century it was important for a Hunting Dog in Russia to have the ability to be trained to concentrate on the game with the most valuable fur. Money received from a single silver-black sable skin can support a family of four for a year. As a result, a Hunting Dog with the ability to focus solely on a certain species may ignore all others, a factor determining whether the hunter and his family had money for food.
The original breeding process that resulted in West Siberian Lyca was the only breed of Lyca with this pro-selective hunting ability, a result of selective sampling from primitive dogs of the Mansi (Vogels) and Hunty (Ostyak) strains. These two species attracted Russian hunters due to their exceptional hunting ability, size, strength, endurance and extraordinary beauty. This initial two-stress selection process was combined with killing or keeping dogs that worked on every type of game from the breeding process.
This ability to hunt it to perfection with its expertise in one type of sport and its versatility really makes West Siberian Like so unique. The intelligence and versatility of the West Siberian Like provides us with a dog that when trained properly can use this selective ability for everything from small animals such as pine martins, squirrels or sable to big game such as wild boar, bear and moose. Could do anything to hunt. It is versatile enough to be trained to hunt birds such as pheasants, snakefish and waterfowl.
During the 1960s, Russian diplomats and government officials occasionally imported West Siberian likes into the USA, where these dogs were not bred and lived their lives as pets.
In 1992, a biologist, a graduate of Penn State University and a Russian-origin immigrant living in Oklahoma named Vladimir Beregovoy, imported a woman named Shelma and a male named Alex, who produced the first West Siberian lycra litter in the USA. did. In 1995, he imported another male named Roktop-Chekhov and in 1996, he imported a woman named Polly and a male named Vern. These five dogs formed the first breeding stock of the West Siberian Like within the United States. They initially registered him with the Federation of International Canine (FIC) with a suspected registry that has been reported to be associated with breeders of puppy mill dogs. Then finally a respected dog registry with the United Kennel Club (UKC). Mr. Beregovoy reported that at present, the total number of West Siberian likes in the United States and Canada is about 100 dogs. Most of these dogs belong to hunters in the northern United States, Alaska and Canada.