Ah, the wonders of the Internet. Last night I got an e-mail from a woman asking me if I knew that my new dog, Mollie, is a Karelian Bear dog. I had never heard of this breed before, but she has two of them and sent me photos this morning. Mollie’s head, coat and tail definitely match this breed, but her mixture of corgi makes her legs short and body long. When I took Mollie to the vet, she said corgi with some kind of Australian breed mixed in.
This is a one year old Karelian. This is not Mollie.
I immediately googled and found out lots of information at Dog Breed Info.
Karelian Bear Dog, (Karelsk Bjornhund) (Karjalankarhukoira) (Karelischer Barenhund)
The Karelian Bear Dog has small ears that are cocked and point outward slightly. They are lined with dense fur reducing the risk of frost bite. The short-haired all-weather coat consists of straight, stiff hair while the under-layer is soft and dense. The thighs are covered in thick hair. Like the Russo-European Laika, the breed has a distinctive black & white coat, which is unusual for northern Spitz-type dogs. A copper tint is typical. Black speckles in the white are considered a fault. The dog should be primarily black, with white markings, which are distinct and occur on the head, neck, chest, abdomen and legs. The jaws are immensely powerful. The tail is long. The small eyes show intense concentration. The tail curls over the back in a typically Spitz arch. Robustly built, well-boned and of moderate size, the Karelian Bear Dog is slightly longer than he is tall. The head is shaped as a blunt wedge. The body is sturdy and the back is well developed.
Here are a few photos of Mollie. I have noted that she's put on some weight from when I got her Dec. 18.
What do you think?