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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

Category: Hunting

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

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.

Dog Food for Your Karelian Bear Dog

Puppy Select Formula Dog Food

Puppy Select Formula

Features our exclusive balance of nutrients for growing puppies.

Bag of Adult Select Formula

Adult Select Formula

Formulated for dogs of all ages, an excellent choice for multi-dog families.

Senior select formula food for older dogs

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Reduced fat formula dog food

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.

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