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The Karelian Bear Dog (KBD) is a Finnish or Karelian breed of dog. In its home country, it is regarded as a national treasure. KBD will hunt any kind of animal. Its quick reflexes and fearless nature have made it very popular for hunting aggressive game, including bear, moose, and wild boar. It was the breed's ability to hunt and offer protection against a bear that earned the breed its name.

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The Caucasian Ovcharka is a strong bear-like dog from Russia whose name, "Ovcharka," comes from the Russian "Ovtcharka" meaning sheepdog. This strong and courageous defender has been praised for its protective personality and utilized not only has protectors of sheep, but also as prominent patrol dogs in Europe during the Cold War.

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