The Karelian or "Karelian Bear dog" is a breed of dog of Karelia and Finland. It has traditionally been used as a hunting breed. It has a characteristic black and white fur and is perfectly adapted to the harsh climatic conditions in this area in Scandinavia.
The breed has a pelage striking the outer layer is rigid and hard hair, and the inner layer is covered by soft hair and a high density. The hair is smooth, without curls. The color is black with white spots. Often, as the jet black hair, It is lightly dyed Brown at the edges, as in gradient.
The dog must be in excellent physical condition. The males measure of 54 to 60 cm to the cross , While the females are smaller than in 49 to 55 cm..
The Karelian was used mainly for hunting small animals, as the squirrels and the Marten. Like the Norwegian Elkhound, the Karelian, It was also used in the hunt for moose, Lynx, wolves and, as its name suggests, the Eurasian brown bear hunting (a kind of so big and aggressive as the Grizzly Bear).
They are silent but tenacious hunters and only alert when they are on acorralada prey. It will remain in his post, try to distract and stun their prey until they reach his master and end hunting.
His nature of hunters leads to proper socialisation is essential and that education from early stages of their development.
They must always hunt only with their masters.
They are very loyal to their masters, love to play, but must be observed if there are children around since, playing..., to not measure his strength can push to the more small. Is very rare that a Karelian, bite a human but it will kill another animal, If you feel threatened.
They are very social, to be hunting dogs they need plenty of space to run freely, and get plenty of exercise. If you bored, they can be destructive, either try to escape.
They are very territorial and very guardians, adapt to the home life but if they walk and exercise daily.