Even though, the Karelian Bear Dog is a mighty and fearless hunter; they are also very loving and gentle. This breed is extremely loyal and affectionate and make great household companions to their families and are especially good with children. They get along with other dogs in the family, especially if they've been raised together. But, they may not allow strange dogs to come into their territory. They are easily trained to accept other family pets, such as, cats, birds, chickens, horses and etc.
Karelians are very energetic and love to run and exercise, but they don't like to be restricted. It's important that they have room to play and explore. When they are kenneled, they must be exercised regularly with sufficient exercise or they will become extremely bored and distructive. It is also important, to have your yard fenced properly, so that your Karelian doesn't go on a hunting adventure without you! The Karelian Bear Dog wants to be your partner; they want a purpose in life. These dogs are the happiest when they are with their human companions, out on the trails.
The Karelian Bear Dog makes an excellent indooor companion, because of it's size and also because it does not have the typical dog order as most breeds. Grooming on a regular basis is not required, because they do not shed frequently. This is a hardy breed with few health problems and no genetic health defects. The average life span of the KBD is between 10-12 years. This breed has a small appetite for it's size.
From our personal experience, we find that Karelians make excellent pets, they are loyal, and they do all they can to please their families.
Is the Karelian Bear Dog right for you? Do you need a dog to protect you and your precious loved ones, yet be gentle and loving to the family? Do you have a place for the Karelian to roam and feel at home? Then this dog may be just for you.