Tibetan Mastiff Karelian Bear Dog

The Karelian Bear Dog Tibetan Mastiff Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Karelian Bear Dog and the Tibetan Mastiff. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Karelian Bear Dog is known for being loyal, brave, and territorial. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Karelian Bear Dog or the Tibetan Mastiff? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Karelian Bear Dog Tibetan Mastiff Mix. While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Karelian Bear Dog Tibetan Mastiff Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Karelian Bear Dog Tibetan Mastiff Mix puppies for sale. If you are interested in helping animal rescues raise money, please play our quiz. Each correct answer donates to help feed shelter animals.

Karelian Bear Dog Tibetan Mastiff Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Karelian Bear Dog History

The Karelian Bear Dog called Karjalankarhukoira in Finland is a Spitz-type very old breed. This is such an old breed that archaeological findings hint that similar dogs existed in the same regionas far back as Neolithic times. Like most dog breeds they would have been used to help their human counterparts. Primarily helping them to hunt so they could subsequently survive. They relied on them to help them hunt both large and small game. This is a tough breed of dog built to withstand the harsh climates they work in. They are still used as a hunting companion in Scandinavia today. Also like many breeds they almost went extinct after World War 2, they were thankfully revived though.

Tibetan Mastiff History

The Tibetan Mastiff originally comes from Tibet. It is a centuries old primitive breed. DNA evidence tells us that it is about 5,000 years old. This is a large and powerful breed. They have a long coat and a noble appearance. Some people say they resemble a lion with their look and massive size. Not much is known about them prior to the year 1800. In 1847 the first dog was imported from Tibet to England as a gift to Queen Victoria. In 1874 two more were imported by King Edward VII who was the Prince of Wales at the time. Two of these dogs were actually given as gifts to the president of the United States in the 1950s. The Tibetan Mastiff Club of America was founded in 1974. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2007. They are still seen today in Tibet traveling with traders and working as guard dogs.

Karelian Bear Dog Tibetan Mastiff Mix Size and Weight

Karelian Bear Dog Height: 21 – 24 inches at the shoulder Weight: 44 – 51 lb. Lifespan: 11 – 13 years

Tibetan Mastiff Height: 24 – 30 inches at the shoulder Weight: 75 – 160 lb. Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Karelian Bear Dog Tibetan Mastiff Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. The Karelian Bear Dog mixed with the Tibetan Mastiff might be prone to joint dysplasia, eye issues, luxating patellas, among others. Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.


Is a Karelian Bear Dog a good family dog?

Karelian Bear Dogs are fairly good with children, especially members of their own household. They are playful dogs, though they can be intense and play rough. Always keep an eye on children and dogs during playtime, even if a dog is well trained and not aggressive.

What breeds make a Karelian Bear Dog?

Tibetan Mastiff puppies are extremely rare and hard to find in the United States, but if you do happen to locate one, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000. Because of their rarity, they are very expensive. To put it more into perspective, they are considered the most expensive breed of dog in the world.