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Karelian Bear Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Karelian Bear Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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Karelian Bear Dog
OriginFinland
Other Names
What other names does the Karelian Bear Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
KBD, Karjalankarhukoira, Karelsk Björnhund
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Karelian Bear Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Karelian Bear Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Hunting Dogs section.
Price
How much does the Karelian Bear Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Karelian Bear Dog price:
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Karelian Bear Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Karelian Bear Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Karelian Bear Dog gets to a happy place.

Karelian Bear Dog General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Karelian Bear Dog size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Karelian Bear Dog weigh? Karelian Bear Dog weight:
44-50 pounds (20-23 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Karelian Bear Dog? Karelian Bear Dog average weight:
47 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Karelian Bear Dog? Karelian Bear Dog height:
19-23 inches (48-58 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Karelian Bear Dog average height:
21 inches (53 cm)

Karelian Bear Dog Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Karelian Bear Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Karelian Bear Dog's coat?
WhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Karelian Bear Dog and how often?
Advanced: The Karelian Bear Dog requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Karelian Bear Dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Karelian Bear Dog, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Karelian Bear Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the KBD? Karelian Bear Dog shedding level:
Karelian Bear Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Karelian Bear Dog Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Karelian Bear Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
BraveLoyalTenaciousCautiousIndependentTerritorial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Karelian Bear Dog? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Karelian Bear Dog. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are Karelian Bear Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Karelian Bear Dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Karelian Bear Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Karelian Bear Dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Karelian Bear Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Karelian Bear Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the KBD need? Karelian Bear Dog social needs:
Karelian Bear Dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Karelian Bear Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Karjalankarhukoira bark?
Average: The Karelian Bear Dog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Karelian Bear Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Karelian Bear Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Karelian Bear Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Karelian Bear Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Karelian Bear Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Karelian Bear Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Karelian Bear Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Karelian Bear Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the KBD? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Karelian Bear Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Karelian Bear Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Karelian Bear Dog do?
Karelian Bear Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Karelian Bear Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Karelian Bear Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Karelian Bear Dog roam?
Karelian Bear Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Karelian Bear Dog have high prey drive?
Karelian Bear Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Karelian Bear Dog dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Karelian Bear Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Karelian Bear Dog kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható Karelian Bear Dog tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Karelian Bear Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Karelian Bear Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Karelian Bear Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Karelian Bear Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Karelian Bear Dog temperament with other people:
Karelian Bear Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Karelian Bear Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Karelian Bear Dog temperament with children:
Karelian Bear Dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Karelian Bear Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Karelian Bear Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Karelian Bear Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Karelian Bear Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Karelian Bear Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Karelian Bear Dogs good office dogs? Do Karelian Bear Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Karelian Bear Dogs be office dogs?
No
Karelian Bear Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Karelian Bear Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the KBD temperament with senior people? Are Karelian Bear Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Karelian Bear Dogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Karelian Bear Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Karelian Bear Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Karelian Bear Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Karelian Bear Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Karelian Bear Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Karelian Bear Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Karelian Bear Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Karelian Bear Dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Karelian Bear Dog be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Karelian Bear Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Karelian Bear Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Karelian Bear Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Karelian Bear Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Karelian Bear Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Karelian Bear Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Karelian Bear Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Karelian Bear Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Karelian Bear Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Karelian Bear Dog Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Karelian Bear Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Karelian Bear Dogs tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Karelian Bear Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Karelian Bear Dog breed? Most common health risks of Karelian Bear Dog:
BaldnessCataractsDental ProblemsDry SkinHip DysplasiaObesityPituitary DwarfismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Skin Irritation
Life Expectancy
How long do Karelian Bear Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Karelian Bear Dog be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Karelian Bear Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Karelian Bear Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Karelian Bear Dog have? What is the activity level of the Karelian Bear Dog?
Karelian Bear Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Karelian Bear Dog dogs require per day?
Karelian Bear Dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Karelian Bear Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Karelian Bear Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.A Karelian Bear Dog diet should be formulated for a mid-sized breed with above-average energy and exercise needs, though they often eat less than other dogs of their weight and energy level.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Karelian Bear Dog risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Karelian Bear Dog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Karelian Bear Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Karelian Bear Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Karelian Bear Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Karelian Bear Dog drool?
The Karelian Bear Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Karelian Bear Dog could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Karelian Bear Dog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Karelian Bear Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Karelian Bear Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Karelian Bear Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Karelian Bear Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Karelian Bear Dog Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Karelian Bear Dogs are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Karelian Bear Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Karelian Bear Dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Karelian Bear Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Karelian Bear Dogs tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Karelian Bear Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani Karelian Bear Dog kutyafajtát.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Karelian Bear Dog requires a lot of grooming.
  • Mouthiness: Karelian Bear Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Karelian Bear Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Karelian Bear Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Karelian Bear Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Karelian Bear Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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