Karelian Bear Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog



Deduced in Finland, Karelian Bear Dog is a member of the Spitz family. These dogs are highly prized by hunters, who use them for hunting wild animals such as moose, deer, wolf… Karelian Bear Dog is a perfect breed for hunting on any terrain and in any weather. Although it is the closest relative of the Russian Laika, Karelian Bear Dog is much more attached to the house.

Weight: 44-60 pounds.   Height: 19-24 inches.   Life expectancy: 11-13 years


Karelian Bear Dog is fascinating at first sight and has the attractive and memorable appearance. This is a dog of medium size, yet strong constitution, with a behavior that reflects absolute dignity, courage and fearlessness.


Dogs of this breed are not suited for dog owners with lack of experience. Karelian Bear Dog, simply by virtue of their nature, cannot be solely a pet, at the end of the day- he is a hunting dog. They get along well with children and with any other animal in the household. Karelian Bear Dog is always ready to protect its family, the house and territory. He shows aggressive behavior towards strangers and other dogs. This is the intelligent, dedicated, sensitive and independent animal that represents persistence, vigor, and intransigence.

Coat / Care:


Karelian Bear Dog is wearing two layers of coat, protecting him from any atmospheric influences. The outer coat is straight, rigid in structure, reaching an average length. The undercoat is dense, thick and soft. The wool is much denser, rich, long and fluffy around the neck and back. Ears are hidden in dense fur, so there is no danger of frostbite. The breed is known for its average shedding. In order to reduce the loss of dead hair to a minimum, it is recommended to clean your dog with a special stiff brush on regular basis. Bathe your dog only in case of urgent need. It is important to constantly check ears and paws and clean them from dirt and possible debris. Make sure to maintain the required length of quickly growing claws.

Health Problems:

The Karelian Bear Dog is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hip Dysplasia, Dental Problems, and Eye Problems. The Karelian Bear Dog has a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.

Weight / Height

The male Karelian Bear Dog breed’s height is around 21 – 24 inches and weighs around 45 and 60 pounds. Female Karelian Bear Dogs can reach a size from 19 – 22 inches and weighs between 44 and 51 pounds. Male dogs are generally larger than females.


Karelian Bear Dog must endure intense and long-lasting socialization and obedience course. Dogs of this breed require a dominant owner who demands respect. Karelian Bear Dog does not accept harsh or insensitive methods, that is why the training should be based on firmness, fairness, respect, and consistency.


Karelian Bear Dog is not suitable for the maintenance in a city apartment. He requires a very strong physical exercise and mental stimulation, that is why he must be in a house with a spacious fenced yard, or on a rural farm. This dog is used to having a job to do, therefore, it is vital to be physically challenged. If this extremely vibrant dog is not active enough, their character may deteriorate, and their behavior can be destructive to the environment. While in public places, Karelian Bear Dog must be muzzled and on a secure leash.

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