Karelian Bear Dog

Other names : Komi Dog, Dog of Zyrians

Photo: adult dog of Karelian Bear Dog breed
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Life expectancy

The Karelian Bear Dog has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 19 and 22 in
Male Between 21 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 37 and 44 lb
Male Between 55 and 62 lb
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Purchase price

The Karelian Bear Dog costs between £1000 and £1500

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More details about the Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dog: Origins and history

The Karelian Bear Dog was developed by the Vikings of Scandinavia. Given the warrior culture of the ancient vikings, it’s easy to see why they prized this brave, strong, and extremely confident dog. Excavations of ancient sites showed that many Karelians were buried alongside their masters. The Norse culture believed the dogs would guide their masters through the underworld until they reached Valhalla, the Viking version of heaven. As well as being highly-revered in its native Finland, the Karelian has been exported to Canada, the USA, and even Japan. They provide vital assistance to hunters and gamekeepers who are tasked with maintaining the delicate balance of local ecosystems.

FCI classification of the Karelian Bear Dog

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 2 : Nordic Hunting Dogs

Training a Karelian Bear Dog

This willful animal can be difficult to train. Highly intelligent dogs like the Karelian tend to get bored very quickly, especially if the training methods are dull and repetitive. 

Karelian Bear Dog: Purchase price

The initial cost of a Karelian Bear Dog puppy is between £1,000 to £1,500. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £50 to £100 a month. 

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