7 Dogs That Look Like Bears

Updated on September 10, 2017
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A lot of people are interested in owning unique-looking pets, especially ones that look like wild animals. There are some dogs that look like lions and wolves, but if you are looking for a dog that looks like a bear, this article can help you decide which one would be the best fit for you. You should also do extensive additional research before you purchase or adopt.

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Dogs That Look Like Bears

Breed
1. Newfoundland dog
2. Great Pyrenees Mountain dog
3. Bush Dog
4. Tibetan Mastiff
5. Maremma Sheepdog
6. Chow Chow
7. Gaddi

1. Newfoundland Dog

The Newfoundland breed originated in Newfoundland, Canada. They are giant and powerful, but friendly dogs. Black and white Newfoundland dogs are common, but they can also be brown and grey. This dog was bred to be a working dog. They were used for pulling nets for fisherman and hauling wood from the forest, so they are naturally strong and sturdy. They are very good swimmers as well, and are obedient and responsive. Newfoundland dogs make good family pets because they are usually gentle with strangers and children.

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Newfoundland Dog vs. Bear

 
Newfoundland Dog
Bear
Height
Male: 69–74 cm, Female: 63–69 cm
60–160 cm (adult at shoulder)
Weight
Male 60–70 kg , and females 45–55 kg
Male: 135-608 kg, Female: 100-480 kg
Lifespan
8-10 years
10-30 years
Origin
Newfoundland, Canada
Around the world

2. Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog

Pyrenees Mountain dogs are enormous, gentle, and intelligent. They are also very affectionate and do well as livestock guardians and watch dogs. They were originally used by shepherds in the Pyrenees mountain region of France and northern Spain, hence their name. In North America, they are called the Great Pyrenees Mountain dog because of their large size. They should not be confused with the Pyrenees mastiff which looks similar but behaves differently.

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Great Pyrenees vs. Polar Bear

 
Great Pyrenees Dog
Bear
Height
Male : 69–81 cm, Female: 64–74 cm
Average, 60–160 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
Weight
Male: 50–54 kg, Female: 39–45 kg
Male: 135-608 kg, Female: 100-480 kg
Lifespan
10-12 years
10-30 years
Origin
France and Spain
British Isles

3. Bush Dog

Bush dogs, also known as Savannah or vinegar dogs, are listed as an endangered species and look like little brown bears. They are native to the Amazon basin, but can be found throughout Central and South America in places such as Suriname, Guyana, and Peru.

Adult bush dogs have soft and long, brownish-tan fur with highlights. They are darkest when they are puppies. Spotting a bush dog in the wild is difficult as they are very shy. They are excellent swimmers and can even dive underwater.

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Bush Dog vs. Brown Bear

 
Bush Dog
Bear
Height
Average: 20–30 cm
Average, 60–160 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
Weight
Average: 5-8 Kg
Male: 135-608 kg, Female: 100-480 kg
Lifespan
9-10 years
10-30 years
Origin
Central and South America
Around the world

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4. Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan mastiffs are ancient domesticated dogs. They are gigantic and powerful mountain dogs whose traditional purpose was to protect livestock and help with herding. Orange-colored ones look like lions, but black and dark brown ones look very much like bears, especially when they are young. Nowadays, Tibetan mastiffs are one of the most in-demand dogs in Asia and parts of Europe. In China, they are a trending fashion and status symbol, and they are sold at a very high price. Aside from the buying price, they are also expensive to care for due to their size and living and grooming requirements.

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Tibetan Mastiff vs. Bear

 
Tibetan Mastiff
Bear
Height
Male: 66–76 cm, Female: 61–71 cm
Average, 60–160 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
Weight
Male: 45–73 kg, Female: 34–54 kg
Male: 135-608 kg, Female: 100-480 kg
Lifespan
10–12 years
10-30 years
Origin
Tibet
Around the world (NA)

5. Maremma Sheepdog

The Maremma sheepdog is most often compared to the Great Pyrenees Mountain dog. They both have very similar physical appearances and temperaments. Like the Great Pyrenees breed, Maremma sheepdogs are also massive in size, noble, and affectionate, with bear-like heads and black noses. They are also white, with dense double coats. It is common to see markings of ivory, light yellow, or pale orange on their ears. Maremma dogs are friendly, intelligent, and are great flock guardians as well as great companion dogs. Their loyalty and gentle nature makes them good family pets.

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Maremma Sheepdog vs. Bear

 
Maremma Sheepdog
Bear
Height
Male: 65-73 cm, Female: 60-68 cm
Average: 60–160 cm
Weight
Male: 35-45 kg, Female: 30-40 kg
Male: 135-608 kg, Female: 100-480 kg
Lifespan
9 -11 years
10-30 years
Origin
Italy
Around the world (NA)

6. Chow Chow

The chow chow is aloof and reserved, but it is a proud-looking dog. Black and chocolate chow chows look just like bears. This breed originated in the Siberian region of Asia, near the arid steppes of northern China and Mongolia.

In Chinese, they are known as "Tang quan," or "dog of the Tang empire." Although it is not common for them to be friendly with strangers, if trained from an early age, they can be quite affectionate.

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Chow Chow vs. Bear

 
Chow Chow
Bear
Height
Male: 48–56 cm, Female: 46–51 cm
Average: 60–160 cm
Weight
Average: 20-25 kg
Male: 135-608 kg, Female: 100-480 kg
Lifespan
9-12 years
10-30 years
Origin
China
Around the world (NA)

7. Gaddi Dog

Gaddis are native Indian dogs from the Himachal state of north India. They are considered a descendant of the Tibetan mastiff.

Also known as mahidant mastiffs or leopard hounds, this breed was created to hunt, but they are also widely used for sheep herding and livestock guarding. They are very rare, and are only kept by a few shepherds from the Gaddis tribes (from which their name is derived).

Gaddi dogs are reputed to be strong enough to repulse attacks by snow leopards. They are also very intelligent and are extremely skilled in herding stray sheep and goats back to their pens.

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Gaddi vs. Bear

 
Gaddi
Bear
Height
Male: 56-90 cm, Female: 50-85 cm
Average: 60-160 cm
Weight
Average 40-45 kg, Female: 35-40 kg
Male: 135-608 kg, Female: 100-480 kg
Lifespan
10-13 years
10-30 years
Origin
India
Around the world (NA)

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