The East Siberian Laika is a gorgeous Russian breed that was initially designed to be a hunting dog. The origin of the breed is somewhat complex, but it is believed that they have Spitz ancestors (due to their slightly similar appearance) and also contain DNA from dogs that lived in areas such as "Baikal Lake region, Irkutsk Province, Evenki National Territory, the Amur River basin and Maritime Territory". Because this is a hunting breed, the East Siberian Laika has quite a lot of energy that needs to be burned on a daily basis. They have a tendency to be a bit stubborn and very independent, but they are also a wonderful family dog that is loving and great with kids. They will just need a lot of socialization around other dogs and a chance to expend their energy daily in order to help encourage good behavior!
Due to the fact that the East Siberian Laika has a tendency to be extremely territorial and aggressive towards other dogs (and humans if encouraged), they make excellent watchdogs. However, it is important to ensure that if you desire to have this breed strictly as a house pet, lots of socialization and exercise in a safe area is required. This breed is not really fit to just be taken on a jog around the city unless they have had plenty of chances to be socialized. Thankfully, these activities will provide plenty of opportunities to let your pup blow off steam, while also molding them into a wonderful pet to be around!