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Karelian Bear Dog Profile

Country of Origin:

The Karelian Bear Dog originated in Finland. PLEASE NOTE: This breed has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS). This is simply an avenue to maintain reputable records regarding the breed’s development. This breed is not eligible for AKC (American Kennel Club) registration.


The Karelian Bear Dog will reach heights of 19-23 inches and will weigh between 44-50 pounds.


The Karelian Bear Dog has a double coat that consists of short, straight, stiff hair on top and an undercoat that is soft and dense.


The Karelian Bear Dog has a good sense of humor. It is a sensitive and independent dog who is very energetic and robust. The Karelian Bear Dog is willing to take on any game animal. The Karelian Bear Dog is a hunter with unyielding bravery and determination.


The Karelian Bear Dog is fiercely lowyal to its owner's family and makes a good household companion when it is extensively trained. The Karelian Bear Dog is affectionate towards people it knows but will treat strangers coldy. This breed is very protective and will protect their owner with their life. This is not a breed for inexperienced dog owners.


The Karelian Bear Dog has an all weather coat that is easy to care for. While dog is shedding, use a metal comb to remove loose hair. This breed is an average shedder.


The Karelian Bear Dog requires an experienced handler who has natural authority. Proper training and socialization is a must. The training needs to be consistent with both a firm hand and affection.


The Karelian Bear Dog is very energetic. It should have at least an hour of exercise a day. This exercise could include a brisk walk. If it does not get enough exercise, the Karelian may become bored and destructive. These animals love to hunt and are a risk to run off to try to hunt if not in a properly fenced yard. This is not a breed suitable for apartment life. They require acreage or a farm so they can run. They do not like, nor do they do well, being confined.