meet theKarelian Bear Dog


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Did You Know?

The Karelian Bear Dog originally was a dog of native Russian Peasants, and Finnish peoples of northeastern Europe. They were used for hunting and as a watch dog.

Today, the Karelian Bear Dog is one of the 10 most common dog breeds in Finland.

From the July 2005 Board Meeting - Three new breeds were accepted into the Foundation Stock Service program: The Karelian Bear Dog, the Kishu Ken and the Portuguese Pointer.

In Finland, its country of origin, it is spelled Carelian, with a C. In the Finnish language it is called Karjalankarhukoira.

The Karelian Bear Dog is primarily a hunting breed, but can be trained for and compete in obedience trials, search and rescue trials and sled dog trials in its native Finland.

The Karelian Bear Dog has been assigned the Working Group designation.

The Karelian Bear Dog is a silent hunter, and only barks once the game is stopped or treed. Working with an experienced hunter, he communicates the type of animal he has located at by the...

The first petition to add the Karelian Bear Dog to the Foundation Stock Service program was May 2005. It was approved on June 9, 2005.

From the January 2008 Board Meeting - The Karelian Bear Dog was approved to compete in AKC Companion Events effective July 1, 2008.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
White Markings 014