Karelian Bear Dog

General Facts :

This dog has small-sized ears that are cocked and point outward. Frost bite risk is very small thanks to their dense fur. They have an all-weather coat that is short-haired, consisting of straight and stiff hair; the under-layer is dense and soft. Just like the famous Russo-European Laika, this dog has a rather unique black and white coat which is quite unusual for the northern Spitz-type dogs.

The Karelian Bear Dog has incredible powerful jaws and a long tail. The dog has small eyes which denote intense concentration. It is a robustly built dog, moderate-sized and well-boned; this dog is slightly longer than it is tall. The dog has a blunt wedge shaped head and it has a well developed back with a sturdy body. No real health problems for this breed.

Origin :

These dogs followed the first settlers in Finland thousands of years ago. They were crucial for the existence of these settlers because people survived with what they were hunting, so dogs played a major part into their life. The Karelian’s population drastically reduced in the 1960s but nowadays the numbers have returned to a normal level.

Dimensions :

Height : Between 19 and 23 inches ( approximately 48 to 58 centimeters )
Weight : Between 44 an 50 pounds ( approximately 20 to 23 kilos )

Additional Information :

This dog is very energetic and it needs a lot of exercise ( at least 1 hour a day ). If he doesn’t get exercised enough, the dog has the tendency to become bored and starts destroying things around the house. Speaking of house, these dogs aren’t recommended for apartment living due to their intense need for exercising. The Karelian Bear Dog is an independent, skillful, intelligent and sensitive dog; very versatile dog, capable of hunting any type of animals ( especially moose ).

Keep in mind that this dog isn’t recommended for the casual pet owner because these dogs are natural hunting dogs. Owners of the Karelian Bear Dog must be capable of handling this energetic dog. Socialization and suitable training are a must. It is known to be very protective ( as a matter of fact, they will protect you with their life ). Like the other Arctic dogs, the Karelian Bear doesn’t have a doogie odor. Their life expectancy is around 11 years.


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