Brief Description: 

    The Karelian Bear Dog is an old breed from the forested areas of Karelia. It is a traditional big-game hunting dog that is nowadays used by hunters to corner elk and bears.

    The Karelian Bear Dog is a mid-sized, sturdily built, but not heavy, dog that is powerful and only a little longer than it is tall. It has a thick coat, which is black and white with clearly-defined markings. Its coat may, at times, have a slight shade of brown. Its eyes are relatively small, somewhat oval and dark-brown in colour. Its expression is alert and sharp. The ears are erect, mid-sized and only a little rounded at the tip.

    From: Kennelliito (The Finnish Kennel Club, IPFD Founding Partner) Native Breeds: Karelian Bear Dog

     


    Links to Breed Descriptions: 

    From:  Kennelliito (The Finnish Kennel Club, IPFD Founding Partner)

        Native Breeds: Karelian Bear Dog

     

    Native Breeds Finland Karelian Bear Dog.jpgThe Karelian Bear Dog is an old breed from the forested areas of Karelia. It is a traditional big-game hunting dog that is nowadays used by hunters to corner elk and bears.

    The Karelian Bear Dog is a mid-sized, sturdily built, but not heavy, dog that is powerful and only a little longer than it is tall. It has a thick coat, which is black and white with clearly-defined markings. Its coat may, at times, have a slight shade of brown. Its eyes are relatively small, somewhat oval and dark-brown in colour. Its expression is alert and sharp. The ears are erect, mid-sized and only a little rounded at the tip.

    The ideal height at the withers is 57 cm for males. The minimum height for males is 54 cm and the maximum is 60 cm. The corresponding figure for bitches is 52 cm (49 cm and 55 cm).

    The Karelian Bear Dog enjoys its own company and may be slightly sullen. It is alert, unyielding, bold and gutsy. Some individuals are eager to defend their territory and have a strong ego. The Karelian Bear Dog is happy to stand guard and it has a very powerful hunting instinct.

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    Other Names for Breed: 
    • Karelsk björnhund
    • Karjalankarhukoira
    • Chien d'ours de Carélie
    • Perro de osos de Carelia
    • Karelischer Bärenhund
    • Karelsk Bjørnhund

    Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club: 

    Country of origin: Finland

     

    Finnish Kennel Club - An IPFD Founding Partner !

     

    WOW!  Awesome new link;  The Finnish Canine Museum.  Fabulous online resource with information on the history of Finnish breeds.

     

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    Health and Well-Being: 

    Some sources of health information include:

    1. National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
    2. Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
    3. Research articles
    4. Breed club surveys


    Breed Standards: 

    There are numerous breed standards.

    The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.

    One of the major international standards is:

    FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)


    Breed-Specific Statistics: 

    1. Swedish Insurance Data

    • Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
      This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
      Click here to view downloads

     

    2. 2. Finnish Kennel Club:

    Registration and breeding statistics available online.


    Breeding/Health Strategy Documents: 

    Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:

    1. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
    2. Finland


    Breed-Specific DNA Tests: 

    The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database: http://www.dogwellnet.com/content/_/health-and-breeding/screening-tests/dna/dna-tests-for-use-in-breeding-decisions/the-kennel-club-breed-specific-dna-tests-upd-r234


    Breed Clubs: 

    We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.


Edited by Dave St. Louis




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