Karelian Bear Dog
Size: Medium / Large
Weight: 45 - 50 lbs.
Height: 21" - 24"
Life Span: 10 - 12 years
Health Problems: Because this breed is almost never kept as a pet; little is known about its health record.
Origin: Russia / Finland (1800s)
Also Known As: Russo-European Laika, Russko-Europiskaia Laika
Group: Northern Breed / Spitz
No special exercise requirements.
No special grooming requirements.
The Karelian Bear Dog is a fearless, athletic breed that does not make a good companion. It was bred strictly for hunting wolves and other large animals. This breed, which is not well-known outside of Russia, should only be kept by experienced handlers who use the dogs for hunting purposes.
Compatibility with Kids
Does not make a good companion
This breed was developed in the 1800s by crossing Finnish Spitz-type dogs (excellent big game hunting skills) with Russian Utchak Shepherds. To this day, the breed is still considered too aggressive to be kept as a companion and is strictly used for hunting purposes.