Karelian Bear Dog

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Karelian Bear Dog
Karelian Bear Dog
FCI Standard No. 48
Origin :


Alternative names:

Karjalankarhukoira, Björnhund

Withers height:

Males : ideally 57 cm.
Bitches: ideally 52 cm.
Tolerance ± 3 cm each


Males: 25–28 kg.
Bitches: 17–20 kg

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The Karelian Bear Dog is an FCI recognized Finnish dog breed ( FCI Group 5, Section 2, Standard No. 48 ).

Origin and history

The Karelian Bear Dog comes from Karelia , from dogs in the Finnish-Russian border area. Even Finnish dog breeders did not become known with this breed until around 1923. Although this dog has long been native to Karelia, its roots are believed to be on the European side of the Urals , in the taiga. It is closely related to the European Laika dog breeds. It was first exhibited in 1936, the first breed standard was established in 1943, and in 1945 it was reformed to make it still valid today. In 1949 the breed was recognized by the FCI. The Karelian Bear Dog is very popular with Finnish hunters and has found lovers in the rest of Scandinavia.


Dog of this breed can grow up to 60 cm and weigh 28 kg. The hair is relatively long, coarse but lying flat, plenty of undercoat in black, can be dull, shaded brown, white markings are possible. The ears are medium-sized, upright, triangular, the tail is bent forward and usually with a white tip.


The Karelian Bear Dog is used to hunt defensive game such as bears and elk. The hunter sends the dog alone to track down and catch the game. When the dog has caught the game, it barks so the hunter can follow. These character traits make this breed a dog that is by no means suitable for beginners. The Karelian Bear Dog has a comparatively large radius of action. A lot of patience is required in his upbringing, as he can be extremely stubborn. Otherwise he is a very loyal family dog .

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