The Karelian Bear Dog: A Finnish National Treasure

The Karelian Bear Dog, though it comes from a cold climate, has a very warm nature. It's affectionate, friendly, patient, and docile, making it the perfect pet for families with small children. 
The Karelian Bear Dog: A Finnish National Treasure

Last update: 21 May, 2020

The Karelian Bear Dog, also known as the Karjalankarhukoira or the Karelsk Björnhund, is a Finnish hunting dog. While it may not be a very well-known dog breed, it’s very characteristic of Nordic countriesToday, we want to tell you all about these beautiful and endearing animals.

Discover the Karelian Bear Dog of Finland

Origin and history

These dogs originate from Finland and, while some own them as pets, most choose to use them as hunting dogs. They possess several qualities that make them the perfect canine for the job. For example, they stand out for their agility, tenacity, and developed senses of sight and smell. What’s more, they have a great capacity for adapting to extreme temperatures, be they hot or cold.

Experts believe the Karelian Bear Dog to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the region. Its name originates from the fact that people didn’t want the animal to be known only as Finnish, since part of Karelia belonged to Russia when the breed appeared.