Karelian Bear Dog History, characteristics and more


The first Karelian Bear Dogs were registered in the Finnish Kennel Club in 1946.

The Karelian Bear Dog is an eager hunter and very independent, yet works cooperatively to mark game by barking.



Their senases, especially smell, are sharp, thus the breed is suitable for big game hunting.

Other Names

– Karelsk Bjornhund – Karjalankarhukoira – Karelischer Barenhund – KBD

Height & Weight

● Height: 19 - 23 inches  ● Weight: 44 - 50 pounds 

Life Expectancy

Karelian Bear Dog has About 10-12 years.


Balanced, high-quality diet, Protein, rich with appropriate fat content including lean meats chicken, fish and balanced kibble.