Karelian Bear Dog - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Karelian Bear Dog

Brief Historical Summary: The Komi dog, also called  the dog of Zyrians, is considered to be the origin of the breed. However, the basic stock dogs originated from the Lagoda’s Karelia, Olonets and Russian Karelia, where they were used for all different types of game hunting.

The breeding was started in 1936 with the goal to create a sturdy dog which barks at big game.

Then it was agreed that the name of the breed is Karelian Bear Dog. The first standard was established in 1945. The first dogs were registered in 1946. Today the breed is common in Finland.

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