Karelian Bear Dog is a very versatile dog. But it is primarily intended for hunting bears, foxes and moose. It is also called and Karjalankarhukoira.
KARELIAN BEAR DOG: HISTORY
Karelian Bear Dog is an ancient dog, characteristic for the northern hemisphere. It is known in Karelia, which extends from St. Petersburg to Finland. As a breed, is known for a long time. Dogs of this type were bred for hunting large animals.
According to some information, the dogs were brought to the territory of Finland by settlers. The tribes have managed to survive thanks to the hunting abilities of the breed. In this manner, has been provided by the food.
The origin probably dates back to the old Finnish Spitz dogs. This race, Russian breeder added sheepdog, and is formed Karelian Bear Dog.
It became popular in the late XIX and early XX century. For the first time was officially presented at the dog show in Helsinki in 1936. Popularity declines during the Second World War and to the end of the fifties almost extinct. Since 1960, the breed is expanding beyond the borders of Finland.
KARELIAN BEAR DOG: APPEARANCE AND ANATOMY
Karelian Bear Dog is extremely durable and strong dog. It is secure on legs and leaves an impression of casualness. Medium size, robust and strongly built. It is able to catch any animal. Length of body is slightly greater than height.
The height of the male is in the range of 21 to 23 inches, while the females have a height of 19 to 21 inches.
Breed weight is in the range from 44 lb to 50 lb.
HEAD: triangular on side, wide forehead and cheeks.
EYES: small, brown, lively.
EARS: medium size, erect, with slightly rounded tips.
NECK: strong, medium length, covered with dense hair.
FRONT LEGS: strong, relatively oblique and muscular.
REAR LEGS: strong, muscular, wounds and parallel.
FEET: prednje su zatvorene, dobro zaobljene, zadnje zatvorene.
TAIL: set high, medium length, carried in an arch over the back.
FUR: on touch stiff and severe, longer in the back and neck.
COLOR: black or mat brown, with limited white patches on the neck, head, chest and stomach.
KARELIAN BEAR DOG: CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR
Karelian Bear Dog is extremely durable dog. It is specialized to hunt big and strong animals. This is done with great success. According to foreigners are very reserved and difficult to gain confidence.
By nature is aggressive towards other dogs. It is stubborn and requires persistent and consistent owners. It has a balanced nature, courageous and above all the brave. During hunting is very precise and used a remarkable flair.
KARELIAN BEAR DOG: ADAPTATION AND BEHAVIOR
Karelian Bear Dog will be happy if you have a big yard, where he can run. If this is not your case, you need regular walks and play. Or daily physical activity. Will be happy to accompany you in any adventure. Especially if it is hunt. In that game is unsurpassed. Regular exercise is also needed to help the dog had excellent health.
With other pets will not fit very well. Especially not with dogs. So, do not try something that is unlikely to succeed. Against nature can not fight. It is obedient and very attached to his owner. It is an excellent guardian and will always bark to announce a stranger in the home.
KARELIAN BEAR DOG SEEN BY CHILDREN
KARELIAN BEAR DOG: HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARE
Karelian Bear Dog is generally a very healthy breed. There are no specific diseases that should be mentioned. What is important is proper nutrition from birth until maturity.
Physical activity will affect the good and proper development of all parts of the body and adequate formation of all the muscles. In this way you get a real strong dog, elastic and able to play and action.
The coat requires regular maintenance, and it is brushing once in a week.
The lifespan of the breed Karelian Bear Dog is from 10 to 12 years.