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Group: Northern, UKC
History: The Karjalankarhukoira, otherwise known as the Karelian Bear Dog, is thought to have originated from the indigenous northern European dogs around 1936. This breed was bred to hunt wildlife like bears and elk and prefers to hunt alone instead of in packs.
After World War 2, the Karelian was almost extinct as a breed. Nonetheless, the Finnish Kennel Club helped maintain the species. Today, the Karelian Bear Dog helps to keep away bears from suburbs.
Description: A handsome, muscular breed built longer than tall, the Karelian has a short muzzle with a medium-sized black nose. The head is triangular shaped. This breed has triangular prick ears of medium size.
With a bushy tail that is either relaxed or curled into a bob, the Karelian has a double coat made of short, straight hair of medium- length. His hair is longest on his back, neck, and rump and is black and white. The tail is bob or can be long and carried loosely over his back.
Height: 19.25 to 24 inches
Weight: 45-70 pounds
Temperament: The Karelian can sometimes be aggressive around other dogs and people. Although not the most suitable family pet, the Karelian does well with an experienced dog owner that can keep up with training and exercise. Many pet parents and breeders claim that this breed is sensitive, great with children, and makes a good family dog. The Karelian demonstrates bravery, leadership and does well with positive training from an early age.
Best Home Environment: Large properties or farmlands with plenty of space to exercise. The Karelian needs plenty of socialization around other dogs, people, and children.
Health Concerns: None
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