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Karelian Bear Dog

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Other Names
Karjalankarhukoira, Karelsk Bjornhund

Finland/Russia, 1800s
Believed to be descended from indegenous norther European dogs. They were developed to hunt bear and elk. They are closely related to the Russo-European Laika

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Companion, Large Game Hunting

Life Expectancy
This breed can live as long as 10-12 years of age

Weight & Height
44 to 50 pounds & 19 to 23 inches tall at the shoulders

Known Health Problems
Fairly Healthy Breed

Physical Description
Large, sturdy dog that has large, triangular head and the muxxle is short and thick. They have a large, black nose and small brown eyes.. The ears are medium sized, triangular and prick. The tail is a natural bob or long and carried over the back.

Not usually a companion breed. they are used mostly for large game hunting. However, they can be affectionate with their people. They have a pronounce prey drive, they are fealess and have an excellent nose... They are even tempered with people and children but can be aggressive with other dogs.

This breed tends to be difficult to train

Living Conditions
This breed is not recommended for apartment living

Little grooming required. however they do need to be brushed occasionally, especially during the shedding season

Needs at least an hour of exercise every day

Coat Texture
Double coated with harsh, medium length, straight hair.

Coat Colors

4-8 pups per litter.

Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club


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