Karelian Bear Dog

Breed origin: Finland
Original purpose: Hunting dog and watch dog.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: 44 to 60 lbs
Size: Height: 19 to 23 inches
General characteristics/temperament: The Karelian Bear Dog is intelligent, independent, self-confident, robust, and active. They need plenty of room to run, and require a secure fence because of their strong hunting instincts. They love the snow, and their thick double coat with natural lanolin repels water and dirt, keeping them warm and dry in the winter time. Early socialization and obedience training are a must for this breed, as well as a firm and loving owner. This breed is not suitable for inexperienced or casual dog owners. They are generally very fond of children and love to play, but children must be taught to respect their need for some down time when they've had enough. They are usually very friendly with strangers, but if anyone should threaten their family, they are fearless and will protect them at any cost.

Good with children? Yes with proper supervision.

Good with other dogs? No

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

OK in apartments? No

Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: hunting, tracking, search and rescue

Grooming requirement: They shed their heavy coat twice a year, taking well over a month each time. Daily brushing during shedding season will help speed the process.

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
The Karelian Bear Dog Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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