Thinking about purchasing an Karelian Bear Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Karelian Bear Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Karelian Bear Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Karelian Bear Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Karelian Bear Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Karelian Bear Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Karelian Bear Dog Profile
The Karelian Bear Dog, also known as the Karjalankarhukoira, is a sturdy and well equipped hunting dog. They are used mainly for hunting still, and are not well-known outside of their native Finland. They are fierce dogs towards their prey, virtually fearless when pursuing their prey, which can be elk, boar, or bear! Karelian Bear Dogs are tough, independent, and excellent guard dogs. They are alert and aware of their surroundings, making them excellent watchdogs as well. The Karelian Bear Dog is mostly housed outside by owners in order to acclimate them to colder temperatures. Their bodies are clothed in harsh, medium length double coat designed for winter weather. They have triangular prick ears, excellent for listening to where the prey is. They come in colors of black and white, usually with white on the underside and black and top. Karelian Bear Dogs live up to their name in their aggressiveness towards other dogs and other animals. Forming a strong bond with their owner, the Karelian Bear Dog is a one-of-a-kind breed for the hunter, not as a family pet.
Other Names: Karjalankarhukoira, Karelischer Barenhund, Karelsk Bjornhund
Type: Hunting Dog
Height: 19 - 23.5
(sometimes with a brownish cast or dull) and white. They should be about 70%
black and 30% white.
are strong, fearless and powerful. They share a close bond with their immediate
owner, but are not good family pets. They do best as hunters. They have an excellent
nose and a high prey drive, making them unsuitable around smaller pets. They
are dog aggressive, but do fine around children. They are even tempered with
friends and family, but wary of strangers. They will guard their own to the
death if needed. Karelian Bear Dogs are solitary dogs, often preferring their
own company to anyone else's. For this reason, they usually hunt alone and do
not get along with other dogs. They are very courageous when called to be. They
are said to be quiet unless they have cornered their quarry, in which they will
bark until their master comes.
Watch-dog: High. Karelian
Bear Dogs are very alert.
Karelian Bear Dog Care and Training:
Karelian Bear Dogs need a lot of firm training. They should always be leashed
in public, and kept away from other dogs. They should be socialized as well,
to decrease the risk of an overly aggressive or nervous dog. Bathe them as necessary,
brushing their fur when needed as well. Ears should always be checked for dirt
or infection. Nails should be clipped regularly. Exercise is a must with this
breed, as they should be exercised for an hour daily.
Karelian Bear Dog Health Issues: There are no known health concerns with this breed.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin: Finland
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
Karelian Bear Dogs
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