Dogumentary TV. Producing the best breed documentaries on YouTube. Karelian Bear Dog
Big Game Hunter I’m Brad Anderson
with bradanderson.org. The Karelian Bear Dog
is a hunting breed from Finland. They are a breed that’s… pretty much use to hunt bear and moose. They will hunt… small game as well. The Karelian Bear Dog at one point was part of the Laika landrace. But… it was split… and the Finnish took it… as the Karelian Bear Dog and the Russians took theirs
as the Russo-European Laika. And then they… merge and split- I’m sorry, they split… and where bred different ways so they’re two different breeds now but derived from the same original… region which is Karelia. I’ve always loved the Karelian Bear Dog, I’ve always been interested in them. I’ve been hesitant to own one because of their… penchant for dog aggression, which is kind of counterproductive to hunting for me. However, with the retirememnt of Ike,
my West-Siberian Laika, I wanted a breed that’s similar but still- but focused on large game, because I’ll be running Juko, my Karelian Bear Dog, on large game. So I imported Juko from Finland via a friend of mine. So far he’s been a great dog. He is a little quarrelsom with other dogs
but not horrible. Juko specifically was sourced and found by my friend Rena in Finland. Rena actually got a Kishu Ken from me. And we talked and I got to meet
some trailing bear dog people over there and I told her that I would be interested
in a really nice male but specifically from, you know, bear lines
because that’s what I want to use him for. And she did an amazing job, found me a really nice, a really nice trailing bear dog. I’ve come to learn that,
not unlike the West-Siberian Laika, they like to bark. I think the… Karelian Bear Dog likes to bark maybe a little more
than the Laika. They definitely live up to the quarrelsome, kind of dog aggressive issues
that I was worried about. They’re a little more people suspicious, which I like, I mean, with that said, I’ve socialized Juko enough now
to where he loves everyone. But when I first got him
he was definitely suspicious of people. He’s, you know, pretty good with the dogs that he’s good with. He ranges a little less… than my West-Siberian Laika, which I like,
so when I’m out in the woods he does like a nice circle around me
but doesn’t go too far away, he always comes back. Juko is a nice dog. When I first got him he was… a little bit hesitant with my daughter but it took just… a couple days and a few treats and now he actually loves my daughter,
he’s very good with her. So, you know, with that said,
I say they’re really nice family dog. He’s super clean, he’s quiet in the house, you know, he’s… he’s a nice dog, I’ve really enjoyed him. He’s definitely got… energy, I would say not as much energy
as my West-Siberian Laika but… he’s an energetic dog,
so he needs he’s runs and he’s walks. Generally, I’m really very happy with him,
he’s a good dog, he’s a good family dog and a good hunting dog,
he’s got a great nose. I’ve started Juko on… you know, kind of the begining of hunting. I’m a believer that puppies
should have their puppyhood. So I just kind of let him be his puppyself. Now that he’s getting close to,
you know, one year old I’m gonna start taking him-
and specially that the weather is nice too I’m gonna start taking him out in the woods
and hopefully find some bear and see how he reacts. And hopefully he’ll turn into the bear dog
that I want him to be. I think a Karelian Bear Dog… could be a nice pet. As long as it’s… you know, in a home with a very active family, and a family that understands that… they’re gonna make a lot of noise
if you just leave them out in the yard. The’re gonna tree… anything. They’re a large game breed
but they still tree small game so… if you have squirrels and stuff like that
they’re gonna bark their head off at that. Your livestock that can be an issue, I’ve definitely have
to watch him around my livestock. They’re smart dogs, so I can, you know, I got him to where he knows
no to mess with the livestock… but he’s still interested in them. And so, you know, if… if you have maybe small cats or something like that, you definitely want to get one as a puppy and let them… be raised… with the cat or whatever,
so that they don’t see them as a prey item. My overall impression on the Karelian Bear Dog… is that they’re… they’re nice… they’re a nice hunting breed, they’re true to their origin, they’re true to what you read about them as far as you know, being predator- predatory… sorry, preda- Can I start over? My thoughts on owning the Karelian Bear Dog… is that they live up to… you know, what you read about them. They’re a breed that’s… definitely predator aggressive. They’re a hunting breed. They’re all those things that you read about
but they’re also, you know, a nice family dog too,
I think a lot of times breed descriptions focus so much on… the working aspect and the history and the romance but in reality it’s… they’re actually a really nice family dog as well. This is Brad Anderson
from bradanderson.org These are my thoughts and observations
on the Karelian Bear Dog.


  1. Uhm did he say they were from Finnmark? Cuz thats the northernmost county in Norway, while these dogs are from Karelia, which is in the border region between Finland and Russia.

  2. I likes all your vids. But a little bit of structure would go a long way. How about a few standards questions? Size, temperament, etc.

  3. One of my favorite breeds… Love this dog. Though I am not into hunting bears… I'm sure glad this dog knows how to keep them off your property!!

  4. I once visited a karelian breeder that had a new litter
    he had both the sire and the female
    puppies were cute, the female was nice but the male was locked up in the living room, the stare he had for me was the scariest stare I have ever seen, and I meet all kinds of dogs and never been afraid but when I saw his eyes I was!

  5. They're not a predator dog in the sense you mean.  As long as the bear tree's then yeah, any dog can be called a "bear" dog.

  6. Man I have one of these puppers. They are such good doggos, all that matters is how you treat the doge. Ours is a fluffy pupper who loves everyone.

  7. This guys must own 50 different breeds and seems to be an expert on all. He must never sleep. In truth if he really has as many dogs as he plays off one of two things have to happen 1. he changes dogs like socks 2. they are just a bunch of kenneled dogs SAD. Maybe he is a hoarder sort of sounds like one.

  8. I live in Karelia, only a stone-throw from where the definition of Karelian beardog came from. The dog which was used as the "model" of this breed came from about 10 miles away, so I can say without lying that I live at the origin of this breed. There are alot of Karelian beardogs here, and they are the ultimate dog breed for this environment.
    – They bark at anything suspicious. It is their job, and I thank them for that. The forest is full of wolves, bears, moose and lynx, and for the dogs of the village I can move confidently outside even after dark, because I KNOW nothing gets to me without a proper alarm. – They are brave and protective. So I know that if something does get to me, I can rely on a karelian beardog to stop it, were it a bear or a dragon. – They do not heel. They scout. It prove an impossible task for me to teach my beardog to walk properly on a leach. But as stated in this video, you don't really need the leach. The dog scouts ahead of you but rarely leaves your sight. Again, you can be confident of moving in the forest with one. – They fight. Maintaining hierarchy is important to these dogs. It might be a strain left from their wolf-side, but whenever faced with another dog as big or larger than themselves, the carelian will jump straight on to show who's who. I've had to pull mine off a bernhard and a shaeffer, however, he never attacked a dog smaller than himself. Also, with females, he was always a perfect gentleman and never gave them any trouble. I think the less possible threat there is from the opponent, the less ferocious they are. However, they have an affinity of going against the odds. – They are great hunting dogs. Just count all the antlers and skulls on the walls of the houses here. – They are mostly one-person's dogs, and they have a way of developing an unison with their owner alike any other dog breed I've seen. No, they might not obey you at all. This unison goes alot deeper than that. It's a genuine king of relationship where the pair speaks the same language and relies on one-another without need for formalities. This is likely a strain developed during thousands of years of hunting with a human. During the war, these dogs were used as scouts. Despite of not having any training in such activities, they performed superbly when paired with their owners. The dog would scout ahead, know the enemy for one if the enemy was seen, and not go to them or get spotted, and the owner would know that he found the enemy. This is not a tale.
    Overall I can say, this is the perfect dog for remote rural areas, guarding and hunting. If you live in a city, do not even consider one. In a city this dog is nothing but trouble, in the woods it needs no real maintenance at all. You wont be able to train a carelian. Let it be a carelian. 🙂

  9. Karelian Bear Dogs have been used for bear control at Yosemite and Glacier national parks, and with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

  10. anyone know what that taller dog that was also on leash? it looked like a skinny hyena, was it a dutch shepard? belgian malinois?

  11. Have a "boy" my self, he hates other male dogs, and barks a lot. But he's the kindest and the smartest dog i ever had.

  12. I had a female, she was friendly enough actually too friendly.my house was broken into and she (Sasha) did nothing.
    She was also a shedding machine!!!!!
    Granted living in Newark, NJ virtually guaranteed N O T running into any big game while she was with me.
    Never noticed dog aggression of any kind tho.

  13. No he just a good intellectual dog lover and breeder. Keep up the good work. Appreciate your work and sharing your knowledge

  14. I have this dog she is soooo nice but she hates other dogs and any type of animal but her breed for some odd reason and cats only bc a cat tried killing her once but still she is the nicest dog I have ever met I see people like oh if you big my dog she/he will bite and I’m like oh my dog won’t her name is Kira and we adopted her and they look just like her

  15. My son has a Karelian, now about 12 years old. He's a total sweetheart, loves other dogs (lives with a lab and border collie). He's slightly aloof with people outside his family, but never aggressive. In his younger years he was a dedicated escape artist and would dash through the invisible fence (turned up full blast) to chase deer and once, even a bear. For the bear, he was gone for three days. No one knows what became of the bear. A couple of years ago he had the tip of his ear bitten off one night, probably by a raccoon he'd cornered. So, he kind of lost his perfect movie-star looks, but he doesn't care! He NEVER has a doggy smell, isn't demanding of attention, and is quiet and tidy around the house. Karelians are light eaters and love to dig a hole in snow to sleep in. He's been a great dog for the family.

  16. My KBD is the best dog I have ever owned. He is extremely independent and always wants to hunt. He was hard to train but with lots of patience I was able to get him trained very well. He loves people but will defend his property with his life.

  17. I plan on buying a male Karelian Bear Dog and a female belgian malinoi. Both puppies of course. I would later want them to breed and have a family. I would keep them all since I live in a farm. What do you guys think of that mix idea ?

  18. There called a bear dog because they love to run around the house and bear down on a nice blanket and take a nap. ?

  19. Huh…huh! I wish my english was better… but you have finish a friend. Could she/he translate, if I write to you in finish about Karjalan Karhu Koira. I have always lived with an Pöyröön Pörömörö, Karjalan Karhu Koira ?

  20. You can't have as many dogs as this guy and give them enough love and attention. I think he just collects them like other people collect stamps.

  21. I have a Norwegian Elkhound and he really looks like that dog, wonder if they are related somehow… Elkhounds are also used for hunting bears and moose

  22. I love dogs. Period. Dogs are cool. I had a Korelian all threw my teens, (RIP Hunni) and she was the only dog I've ever had that I KNEW 100% would die protecting me. I miss her a lot ?

  23. Tired of seeing Brad Anderson, please get some other breed owner in these videos. His hemming and hawing is annoying to listen to!

  24. I grew up with this breed in Finland.
    Amazing breed! Great to go hunting with, but on the other side also very gentle with children.
    Stil missing you Jami ? ?

  25. Karelians are from the Karelian people. And all big animals are almost on the verge of extinction, you are part of the problem now and contribute directly to this.

  26. After travelling around Finland I felt in love with the country. The race itself seems To fit with the ancestral standards of the country. I could not wish more To get one dog of these beautiful dogs. Spitz can be found in 1000 years ago graves so you can realise that those dogs did not change much nowdays like the place they are from. Brad you should definetly go To Finland. Dogumentarytv Thank you for your wonderful documentaries.

  27. Beautiful dog! 3 weeks ago I got 4 month old Russo-European Laika Puppies from Russia (a boy and a girl from different bloodlines) They are amazing dogs!!!!

  28. I know this is a 2017 piece but you can def cut the audio up to make it sound cleaner, extend some silence or include his dog's barking or interaction of others, and record long explanations/deep thoughts indoors. Over all it's a wonderful video and love the dog

  29. My KBD goes after anything from moths to moose. Would not trade her for anything in the world. Such an amazing animal. Perfect Alaska dog.

  30. My husband always wanted a bear dog, but could not get one. Instead he got a mutt that was half timber wolf, part Rottweiler and part Malamute and trained it to keep bears away.

  31. Missed that how they work. They bite bears ass always when bear tries to move. They are fast. They keep bears still so that you can get good shot.
    Love from Finland

  32. Clean,Quiet,Protective and also a great watchdog this is what a dog should be like!I have 1 simular to this atleast at looks and behavior but it was a damn challange to make him socialize from 1 year old to now he has never been good to other male dogs this is the only problem with this type of dog but i like it that way a dog that protects his teritory is a familly dog in my opinion

  33. Oorang Airedales are great hunting dogs…. but they tend to be quiet hunters… Hounds get the animal cornered and Airedales go in and attack… bears, pigs, cougars… they are totally unafraid …and SMART!

  34. Why are your documentaries have the same dude talking with repetitive footage. Calling this shit a documentary is far fetched.

  35. Anyone know what was that gray large shepherd looking dog was? Was is just a large shepherd mix or a different breed?

  36. I once owned one of these dogs it was bread to be as big and aggressive as possible to hunt bears by a crazy dog breeder in finland but super family loyal coolest dog ive ever owned

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