Karelian Bear Dog


The Karelian Bear Dog was partly named for its ability to hunt bear. The breed is very strong and powerful. It has a massive body that is well proportioned. Its head is massive and has a profuse amount of fur. The ears are moderate in size and triangular. The muzzle is average in size with a prominent nose. The facial features are dark. The chest is deep and broad. The breed has straight forelegs and angled backquarters. Its neck is thick, but vague. The shoulders are high and blends smoothly into the high and level back. The tail is set high and curls up and over the back. The breedтАЩs coat is very thick and coarse.


Courage is a prominent trait of the Karelian Bear Dog. The breed has a very good sense of its strength and knows how to use its power to overcome game. This trait is beneficial to hunting types. Types that are kept as pets (very rare) are not generally aggressive, but will protect their family. Although the breed is a hard worker, it also has a fun, spirited side. However, it is not an appropriate companion for young children. Supervision is always recommended when the breed is interacting with children or other pets in the home. The breed is friendly to guests to the home.

Height and Weight

The Karelian Bear Dog typically stands 19-23 inches tall and weighs an average of 44-50 pounds.

Health Problems

The Karelian Bear Dog is not associated with any serious health conditions.

Ideal Living Conditions

Living conditions that provide the Karelian Bear Dog a large amount of space to run are best for this breed. The breed typically exists in a flock guardian capacity. If the breed is kept as a pet (not recommended), it is best in a very large backyard. The breed may become very discontent if it is chained. A large fence is highly recommended.


The Karelian Bear Dog will usually obtain the exercise it needs on a daily basis. It is imperative that owners keep an eye on the breed to make sure it is getting adequate exercise. A daily walk is sufficient for the breed.

Life Expectancy

The Karelian Bear Dog typically lives 10-12 years.

Litter Size

The average litter size of the Karelian Bear Dog is 1-4 puppies.


Brushing the coat of the Karelian Bear Dog is all that is necessary to keep the coat healthy. The coat will shed its coat about two times each year. During this time the coat should be combed to remove the exces fur.






The acceptable colors for the Karelian Bear Dog are white and black.