A hunting dog mainly for forest game birds, also predatory small game, water fowl and elk. An eager hunter, rather independent, yet works co-operatively to game, marking game by barking.
Karelian Bear Dog
As far as the appearance is concerned, the aim of breeding is to obtain high-quality working dog, whose function and breed type fit the breed standard.
The Courageous dogs of the Karelian hamlets
Around the turn of the century folklorists and bear hunters who travelled amongst the Karelian hamlets in the backwoods told of the local inhabitants' courageous dogs who had often saved their owners' lives, men with spears who wrestled with the bears.
The Nordic Spitz is used mainly for game bird hunting, but they are also efficient small game and elk hunters. Some also bark bears.