The homeland of the Karelian bear dog is Finland. Researchers believe that officially dogs of this breed began to breed in the 19th century. Moreover, her ancestors - dogs of the Spitz type - probably appeared in these territories long before their development. Interestingly, the appearance of the Karelian Bear Dog resembles a black and white Russian-European Laika. However, the second was bred much later - only in the middle of the last century.