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Karelian Bear Dog

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Karelian Bear Dog
Karelian Bear Dog
Karelian Bear Dog
Alternative names
Karelsk Bjornhond (Bjornhund)
Country of origin
Finland and Russia
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 5 Section 2 #48  
CKC: Group 3 - Working Dogs  
UKC: Northern Breeds  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Karelian Beardog is a breed of dog that today is used more for hunting moose and deer than it is used for bear hunting, since bears have become rare in Finland.


The dog should be in excellent physical condition. Males stand 54 to 60 cm (22 to 24 in.) at the withers and females 49 to 55 cm (19 to 22 in.). The breed's coat is black or black and white.


The dog should be brave. It tends to be aggressive towards other dogs and is suspicious of strangers. These traits prevent it from becoming popular as a companion dog.


It was developed in the Karelia area around the border between Russia and Finland in the 1800s.

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