Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 20-22, Female: 19-21
Height: Male: 20-24, Female: 19-23
Origin of Name: The Karelian Bear Dog is a Finnish breed of dog.
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The Karelian bear dog is a Finnish breed that originated in northwestern Europe and was originally a dog of Russian and Finnish farmers, used for hunting and as a watch dog. Only the most difficult battles and harsh conditions when hunting. Early dogs had red, red-gray, and black-and-white coats. Komi dogs, also known as the dog of the zerines, are thought to be the origin of the breed, however, the original stock dogs originate from the Karelia, Olonets, and Russian Karelia of Lagoda, where they are all used for a variety of game hunting. Used to be done. Breeding was started in 1936 with the goal of creating a strong dog that barks in big game. In further breeding, the ancestor was selected for the Karelian bear dog type and only black and white dogs were preferred for breeding. It was then agreed that the breed was to be named Karelian Bear Dog. The first standard was established in 1945. The first Karelian bear dogs were registered in 1946 at the Finnish Kennel Club.
Today, the breed is one of the top 10 most common breeds in Finland. The Karelian bear dog is primarily a hunting breed, but in its country of origin it can be trained and competed for obedience tests, search and rescue tests, and sled dog tests.