Karelian Bear Dog



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Breed Description


Karelian Bear Dog is a characteristic dog with dominant tendencies towards other dogs but very loyal to his owner and their family. They are primitive hunting breeds known for their courage to deal with large prey animals, including bear and cougar. They come in black and white coat with short-hair.

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Size type:

Medium dog breeds


This dog is very loyal to its own family and makes a good household companion which is dominant but also sensitive, independent, intelligent, cunning, tough on itself, is energetic and has a sense of humor.

They often can be rather anti-social towards other dogs.

Breed Group:

Working Group (AKC)

Northern Breeds (UKC)


Male: 21–24 inches (54–60 cm)
Female: 19–22 inches (49–55 cm)


Male: 20–23 kg
Female: 20–23 kg


With regards to other dogs, Karelian Bear Dogs display dominant behavior and do not go out of their way to avoid a fight. They are affectionate towards people making them quite unsuitable as watchdogs. Both welcomed and unwelcomed visitors will be announced but that is an end to it. Those who are well known will get an enthusiastic welcome, while strangers will be treated with some reserve and perhaps non-acceptance. The Karelian Bear Dog can live with other household animals if the training is properly handled.    



The short-haired coat consists of straight and stiff hairs while the under-layer is soft and dense. The Karelian Bear Dog is white with black. Black speckles in the white are a fault.


The coat of these dogs requires little attention. Use a special metal comb during the moult for the easy removal of loose hairs from the under-coat.


The dog needs a handler who exudes natural authority. Their training should be very consistent, with both a firm hand and affection. This is certainly not a breed for inexperienced people.

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