Get to know the Karelian Bear Dog
All you need to know about the breed
The Karelian Bear Dog – or KBD for short – is a lively and fearless breed whose origins date back to prehistoric northeastern Europe as a bear- and elk-hunter and a guard dog. The modern breed standard was defined in the 20th century in Finland, and Karelian Bear Dogs are still among the most popular breeds there today, while less well known elsewhere. Tenacity and resilience may be hardwired into these dogs, but they are also adaptable, slotting in just fine as modern-day companions to owners who appreciate their energetic and affectionate natures as well as their striking black-and-white fur and inquisitive, open expressions.
Once part of the family, KBDs really are part of the family: they are unfailingly loyal to their humans and make excellent guard dogs, although they don’t take kindly to being left alone for long periods: chewing (on what you may consider to be non-chewable items) and barking (lots of it) may be the result.
Karelian Bear Dogs are always ready for an adventure with their humans. Bred for harsh climates and terrain, Karelian Bear Dogs’ combination of courage and loyalty has seen the breed tackle many different and daunting missions over the years, as search and rescue helpers, police and military dogs, as well as pulling sleds and even helping rangers to protect wildlife in U.S. national parks – truly a dog of all trades.
2 facts about Karelian Bear Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Karelian Bear Dog