Karelian Bear dog is a powerful and energetic pet. Here is your informative A-list of Karelian Bear dog. They are also known as Karjalankarhukoira or Karelsk Björnhund. In thousands of years ago, this dog breed was originated from northern Europe known as Karelia, now the country is calling Finland. Karelian Bear dog was regarded as national treasure. It was bred to hunt deer, moose, hare and wolf. This dog resembles the Russo-European Laika. Today, the Karelian Bear dog is popular in Europe and North America. Today, Karelian Bear dog is used as hunting dog, show dog and family pet.

Facts about Karelian Bear Dog

  • Temperament – Karelian Bear dog is loyal, intelligent, sensitive, forceful, and independent and it has a good sense of humor. They will protect their family and good companion for owner. This dog breed require experienced dog owner. They are brave and determined, they can go hunting by themselves. Karelian Bear dog will even attack wild animals when they feel they need to protect their owner. It is better to give your Karelian Bear dog training and socialization since puppyhood. They can get along well with children but they are aggressive towards dogs. They will wary of strangers.
  • Appearance – Karelian Bear dog has well-built and medium sized body, they have a pair of small eyes which show intense concentration. The small ears are point slightly outward. They have a long tail which curls over the back. This dog breed is in black color with white markings on the neck, head, chest, abdomen and legs. They have very powerful jaws. The length of body is slightly longer than it’s tall. They have double coat, the over layer is straight and harsh whereas the under layer soft and dense. This dog breed has no dog odor.









Karelian Bear Dog Breed Information

Size Medium
Height 48 – 58cm (male and female)
Weight 20 – 23kg (male and female)
Colour Black with white markings on the neck, head, chest, abdomen and legs
Group Northern
Life Span 10 – 12 years
Exercise Ability Daily long walks is needed, let them run and roam around at large fenced yard.
Grooming Requirements Brush twice a week with bristle, use dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is average shedder
Environment Large fenced yard
Barking Medium
Recognition CKC, FCI, NKC, ACR, APRI, DRA


The Karelian Bear dog is one of the healthy dogs as Rat Terrier , it has no common health problems.

Karelian Bear Dog
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