The KARELIAN BEAR DOG
Other names: Karelischer Barenhund, Karjalankarhukoira, Karelsk Bjornhund
Use: big-game hunting (bear, wolf, moose, elk, lynx, wild boar etc.)
Recognition: FCI, CKC, AKC, ACR, NAPR, NKC
This breed of hunting dogs emerged at the begining of the 20th century in Finland, more precisely in a part of Finland that was under the occupation of Soviet Russia at that time. However, dogs displaying the breed`s characteristics were present in the area long before the breed was officially recognized. It is believed that both the KBD`s ancestors as well as those of the Russo-European Laika are the original hardy and versatile hunting dogs that were brought to Finalnd by the first human settlers.
For a long time the KBD was virtually unknown outside Finland, Norway and Sweden, where hunters were keen on breeding these fearless hunting companions. The breed becam more pupular after it was exhibit