Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog


The Karelian Bear Dogs originated in Finland and are members of the Spitz family. They're valued highly by hunters when it comes to tracking deer, moose, wolf, hare and elk. These dogs can hunt on any type of terrain and in all kinds of weather. They're related closely to the Russian Laika dogs but they're more domesticated.


Karelian Bear Dogs aren't suited to living in apartments. They need a lot of physical exercise as well as mental stimulation. They start destroying things if they don't get enough exercise. These dogs prefer living in the country where they have plenty of room to run and play. They love to run and hunt but they must be leashed securely and muzzled when taken out in public.


Karelian Bear Dogs need to be combed and brushed regularly to remove dead and loose hair. This also cuts down on shedding. You should only bathe them when it's absolutely needed. It's vital to check their ears and paw pads regularly for debris. They also need their nails maintained. There are no known health concerns with these dogs.


Karelian Bear Dogs are striking in appearance, distinctive and attractive. They're medium size, robust, and sturdy. These dogs display dignity and courage, and are not afraid of anything.


Karelian Bear Dogs have a weather resistant double coat. The top coat is harsh, straight, and is medium long. The underneath coat is thick, soft and dense. The hair around the neck, on the legs and the back is a bit longer and thicker. Dense fur lines their ears to prevent frost bite. This dog is an average shedder.


Karelian Bear Dogs should not have inexperienced or new dog owners. They're not bred just to be pets. These dogs do fine with children and other pets as long as they've been raised with them. They're extremely protective of their home, family and territory. They also tend to be aggressive towards strangers and other dogs. Their qualities include loyalty, sensitivity, intelligence and independence. They're also determined, persistent and energetic.


The Karelian Bear Dog needs to have socialization and obedience training early in life as well as throughout their life. They need to have respectful and dominant owners. These dogs don't respond to heavy handed or harsh training techniques. Training should be conducted with fairness, firmness, consistency and respect.