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West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder" Compare West Siberian Laika and East Siberian Laika. Which is better: West Siberian Laika or East Siberian Laika or Lapponian Herder?
Name West Siberian Laika East Siberian Laika Lapponian Herder
OriginsRussia Russia Finland
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank202499228
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Other Names Zapadno-Sibirskaïa Laïka Vostotchno-Sibirskaia Laika Lapland Reindeer Dog, Reindeer Herder, Lapinporokoira
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition No set No set No set
Price $600-$800 $800-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder

Size Large
Medium
Large Medium
Weight Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg), Female: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg) 45-55 pounds (20-24 kg) Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg), Female: 37.5 pounds (17 kg) 50 pounds (22 kg) Male: 65 pounds (29.5 kg), Female: 59 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 22–26 inches (55–66 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (51–60 cm) Male: 19–21 inches (48–54 cm), Female: 17–19 inches (43–49 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 22–26 inches (55–66 cm), Female: 20–24 inches (51–60 cm) Male: 20 inch (51 cm), Female: 19 inch (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder

Coat Soft Straight
Double
Harsh
Coarse
Thick
Double
Straight
Fluffy
Colors Sable
White
Gray
Salt
Pepper
Black
Grey
Brown
White
Black
Brown
Gray
Black
Grooming
Average: The West Siberian Laika requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The East Siberian Laika doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Lapponian Herder doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
West Siberian Laikas shed moderately.
East Siberian Laikas shed above average.
Lapponian Herders shed moderately.

Characteristics - West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder

Temperament Aggressive
Lively
Territorial
Balanced
Protective
Aggressive
Fearless
Protective
Outright
Tempered
Loyal
Calm
Energetic
Vocal
Docile
Friendly
Intelligent Rank
Average: West Siberian Laika's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: East Siberian Laika is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Lapponian Herder is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
West Siberian Laikas are easy to train.
East Siberian Laikas are very easy to train.
Lapponian Herders are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
West Siberian Laikas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The East Siberian Laika is a highly playful breed.
The Lapponian Herder is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
West Siberian Laikas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
East Siberian Laikas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
West Siberian Laikas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
East Siberian Laikas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lapponian Herders are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
West Siberian Laikas need a lot of social interaction.
East Siberian Laikas are a social breed.
Lapponian Herders are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The West Siberian Laika rarely barks.
Low to Average: The East Siberian Laika rarely barks.
High: The Lapponian Herder is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
West Siberian Laikas are good watchdogs.
East Siberian Laikas are one of the best watchdogs.
Lapponian Herders are good watchdogs.
Territorial
West Siberian Laikas are extremely protective guard dogs.
East Siberian Laikas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Lapponian Herders strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The West Siberian Laika has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The East Siberian Laika has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lapponian Herder has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
West Siberian Laikas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
East Siberian Laikas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lapponian Herders have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
West Siberian Laikas have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the East Siberian Laika is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Lapponian Herder is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
West Siberian Laikas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
East Siberian Laikas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Lapponian Herders have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
West Siberian Laikas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
East Siberian Laikas are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
West Siberian Laikas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
East Siberian Laikas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Lapponian Herders adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
West Siberian Laikas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
East Siberian Laikas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Lapponian Herders do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder

Stranger Friendly
West Siberian Laikas are average friendly towards strangers.
East Siberian Laikas are very stranger friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
West Siberian Laikas are kid-friendly dogs.
East Siberian Laikas are very kid-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
West Siberian Laikas are average friendly towards cats.
East Siberian Laikas are cat-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
West Siberian Laikas are average friendly towards other dogs.
East Siberian Laikas are very dog-friendly dogs.
Lapponian Herders are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
West Siberian Laika is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
East Siberian Laika is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Lapponian Herder is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
West Siberian Laikas are usually recommended for elderly people.
East Siberian Laikas are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Lapponian Herders are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
West Siberian Laikas are generally with other pets.
East Siberian Laikas are usually friendly towards other pets.
Lapponian Herders are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
West Siberian Laikas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
East Siberian Laikas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Lapponian Herders are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
West Siberian Laika breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
East Siberian Laika breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Lapponian Herder breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder

Health Issues
West Siberian Laikas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems No set No set No set
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
West Siberian Laikas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
East Siberian Laikas are high energy dogs.
Lapponian Herders are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
West Siberian Laikas have an average exercise need.
East Siberian Laikas need a lot of exercises.
Lapponian Herders need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
West Siberian Laikas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
East Siberian Laikas don't need too much sleep.
Lapponian Herders are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The West Siberian Laika can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The East Siberian Laika can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Lapponian Herder can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The West Siberian Laika has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The East Siberian Laika has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Lapponian Herder has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The West Siberian Laika is an average drooler.
The East Siberian Laika is an average drooler.
The Lapponian Herder is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - West Siberian Laika vs East Siberian Laika vs Lapponian Herder

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-10 puppies 3-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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