Karelian Bear Dog

Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
Originating in Finland, the Karelian Bear Dog is a member of the Spitz family. They are highly prized by huntsmen who use this breed to hunt moose, deer, elk, wolf, and hare. Karelian Bear Dog's are capable of hunting over any terrain and in any type of weather. Although closely related to the Russian Laika breeds, the Karelian Bear is more domesticated.

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The Karelian Bear Dog breed possesses a striking appearance, is attractive, and distinctive. The Karelian Bear Dog is of medium-size, sturdy, and robustly built. They have a demeanor of dignity, bravery, and are fearless.

Does your Karelian Bear Dog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Karelian Bear Dog is not recommended for inexperienced or first time dog owners. They are not a breed solely intended to be a pet. They will do okay with children and non-canine pets they have been raised with. The Karelian Bear Dog breed is exceedingly protective of thier family, home, and territory, and have a tendency to be aggrssive toward dogs and strangers. They are loyal, sensitive, intelligent, and independent. They are persistent, determined, and energetic.
Regular combing and brushing is recommended to remove loose and dead hair and minimize shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. It is important to routinely check the ears and paw pads for debris and maintain the nails. There are no known health issues associated with the Karelian Bear Dog.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Karelian Bear Dog is a double coat breed. The coat is weather-resistant. The outer coat is straight, harsh in texture, and of medium length. The under coat is dense, thick, and soft. The hair is slightly longer and more profuse around the neck, on the back, and at the breeches. The ears are lined with dense fur to protect against frost bite. This Karelian Bear Dog breed is an average shedder.
The Karelian Bear Dog must have intense and on-going socialization and obedience training. This breed must have a dominant and respectful owner. Karelian Bear Dog's will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, respect, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Karelian Bear Dog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Karelian Bear Dog's are not recommended for apartment living. They require an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. If they do not receive sufficient exercise and stimulation they will become destructive. The Karelian Bear Dog must have a securely fenced rural setting to roam freely. They thrive on running and hunting. This breed must be securely leashed and muzzled when in public. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
44-49 lbs
Male: 21-23.5; Female: 19-21.5 inches
Black with white markings on head, chest, neck, legs, and abdomen



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Karelian Bear Dog Questions

My KBD is mostly black with a white chest, and white paws, with a single floppy ear, is that possible?

The coat coloration of your K.B.D is perfectly fine, a more black dog is still acceptable for the breed. However, the single floppy ear is interesting. It could be that your dog is not full K.B.D, or that the ear doesn't have the same muscle strength to stand up. You could try taping the ear as they do with breeds like the Great Dane. Or you could just leave it and let your dog be adorable with the single floppy ear.

Where do Karelian Bear Dog's originate from?

Karelian Bear Dog's originate from Finland.

What kind of lifestyle should a Karelian Bear Dog live, and in what type of area, for this breed of dog to be content?

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Are Karelian Bear Dogs good with other dogs in the family?

No. They hunt bears and are aggressive. Consider only opposite sex of the same breed.

You could not be more incorrect. My Karelian loved us and my grandchildren, she was their playmate and she was theirs

Karelian Bear Dogs works great with other dogs you just have to expect that it will show the other dogs that it is the leader

Our Karelian is an alpha, strong headed, needs a job, so lots of exercise, but she is wonderful family dog, loves children, knows "the baby", she is the best watch dog. Barks at everything, great watch dog.

Karelians are extremely intelligent dogs and are fine with other dogs in the family. The have a very strong sense of "pack" and as long as the other dogs belong to the family that makes up the "pack" they belong to, everyone will be fine.

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