Dogs That Look Like Bears: The Cutest Canine Companions You’ll Ever See!

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Do you love dogs? Do you love bears?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you're going to love dogs that look like bears!

These cuddly creatures are some of the cutest dogs you'll ever see. They have the adorable faces of dogs, but with the big, fluffy bodies of bears.

If you're looking for a new furry friend, then one of these dogs might be perfect for you and your family!


Bernese Mountain Dog



The Bernese Mountain Dog (also known as the Berner Sennenhund) is a giant dog breed that originated in Switzerland.

These dogs are large, strong and sturdy dogs with long coats of black, white and brown fur.

They have short but powerful legs, which means they're good at both running fast and pulling heavy objects.

Their heads are square-shaped with floppy ears and dark brown eyes.

They're big, brown lovable goofs who have a history of saving lives in the Swiss Alps, and are the cuddliest bear looking dogs around.

Breed Information

Temperament: Very friendly with everyone

Height: 25 - 27.5 inches (male), 23 - 26 inches (female)

Weight: 80 - 115 pounds (male), 70 - 95 pounds (female)

Life expectancy: 7 - 10 years


Great Pyrenees



The Great Pyrenees (or Pyr Shep) is a large dog breed that's native to the mountainous regions of Europe.

These dogs are bred for their thick white coats, which keep them warm in cold weather. They have long legs, webbed feet and black noses.

Their ears hang down close to their cheeks, and they often have brown eyes but can also have amber or green eyes.


Pyrenean shepherds were originally used as livestock dogs - they would protect sheep from predators like bears and wolves. Today, these dogs still make great guard dogs but are also popular family pets due to their gentle nature.


In short - massive fluffy loving bears that protect you and your family, or flock. Also, they look like supersized versions of golden retrievers, which is amazing.

As a bonus, they're also pretty easy to train!

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally friendly with everyone

Height: 25 - 32 inches

Weight: 100 - 150 pounds (male), 85 - 110 pounds (female)

Life expectancy: 10 - 12 years


Newfoundland Dog


The Newfoundland Dog, aka the Newfie, is a giant breed that originates from Canada.

These dogs are known for their big, fluffy coats of black, brown or white fur. They have webbed feet which make them great swimmers, and they're also excellent at pulling heavy loads.

Newfoundlands stand at around 27 inches tall and can weigh up to 150 pounds!


Despite their large size, Newfoundlands are actually very gentle dogs that love nothing more than to curl up on the sofa next to their human companions.

They're also good with children and make great family pets.

In fact, many people refer to these dogs as "the Nanny dog" due to their caring nature.

Big gentle bear dogs that want to be lapdogs, without realizing they can basically break your legs by sitting on you.

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally friendly with everyone

Height: 28 inches (male), 26 inches (female)

Weight: 100 - 120 pounds (female) 130 - 150 pounds (male)

Life expectancy: 9 - 10 years


Mastiff


The Mastiff is a giant breed of dog that originates from the United Kingdom.

These dogs are massive! They can weigh up to 200 pounds and stand at over 30 inches tall, and come in a variety of colors including fawn, apricot, brindle and black.

Mastiffs are known for their gentle and docile nature, and they make great family pets. But! They're not known to play friendly with other pets or dogs, so if you're bringing them into a family of other animals, early socialization is a must!

They're not the fastest dogs in the world, but they're good at pulling heavy loads.

Due to their size, Mastiffs do best in large yards where they can run around and play.

Specifically,  only the Tibetan Mastiff looks like a very angry bear when it's herd or pack is threatened. Tibetan Mastiffs look like they eat bears, honestly.

Otherwise, it just looks like a dopey, happy bear drooling at your feet.

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally friendly with everyone, except other pets

Height: 27.5 inches and up

Weight: 120 to 220 pounds

Life expectancy: 10 to 12 years


Alaskan Malamute


The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of dogs that were bred by the Inuit for use as sled dogs.

These dogs are known for their fluffy coats and wolf-like appearance. They have long legs, big feet and thick tails which help them to move through deep snow without sinking down into it too much!

Malamutes stand at around 25 inches tall when fully grown - they weigh up to 85 pounds on average though some males can tip the scales at over 100 pounds!


Alaskan Malamutes make great family pets because they're loyal companions who love nothing more than spending time with people - especially children!

These dogs do need plenty of exercise though so if you live in an apartment.

You'll also get a lot of people commenting that you're walking a massive fluff of a bear, and not a dog. Even if this one is a super adorable multicolored bear.

Breed Information

Temperament: Very friendly with everyone, less with other pets

Height: 24 - 27 inches (males); 22 - 24 inches (females)

Weight: 75 - 100+ pounds 

Life expectancy:10 - 12 years


Akita Inu


The Akita Inu is a large breed of dogs that were bred for use as sled dogs.

They have two types - the American version, and the original Japanese version.

In general, the American Akita sports a black mask for a face, while the traditional Japanese ones come in multiple colors, with brown being the most common.

They have long legs, big feet and thick tails which help them to move through deep snow without sinking down into it too much!

Akita Inus stand at around 25 inches tall when fully grown - they weigh up to 85 pounds on average though some males can tip the scales at over 100 pounds!

Akitas make great family pets because they're loyal companions who love nothing more than spending time with people - especially children!

These dogs do need plenty of exercise though so if you live in an apartment building, be prepared to take your pup out for lots of walks every day!


Akitas are also known for being independent dogs who don't need a lot of human interaction to be happy.

This can make them excellent dogs for people who work long hours or travel frequently.

Just like bears that hibernate in the winter, they'll just hibernate when you actually want them to do something.

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally aloof around strangers, not great with kids or other dogs

Height: 26 - 28 inches (males); 24 - 27 inches (females)

Weight: 85 - 130 pounds (male), 70 - 110 pounds (female) 

Life expectancy:10 - 12 years


Poodle


Probably the most adorable stuffed bear, the poodle (that comes in several sizes) is the most popular dogs that look like bears, because they're so cuddly and easy to dress up! Poodles need plenty of exercise, but they don't require much grooming.

If you want a dog with lots of personality who will love you forever - this could be the perfect breed for your family.

They have the curliest hair in this group of bear dog breeds, and that also makes them the poofiest, fluffiest adorable bears in the group!.

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally friendly with everyone

Height: Up to 10 inches (toy), 10 -15 inches (miniature), over 15 inches (standard)

Weight: 4 - 6 pounds (toy), 10 -15 pounds (miniature), 40 -70 pounds (standard)

Life expectancy:10 - 18 years


Chow Chow



The Chow Chow is a large breed of dogs that were bred for use as all purpose dogs - encompassing hunting, herding, and home protection.

These dogs are known for their fluffy coats and wolf-like appearance. They have long legs, big feet and thick tails which help them to move through deep snow without sinking down into it too much!

Though honestly, they get so fluffy that people mistake them for being mini bears that charge at people and lick their owners to death.

Chow Chows stand at around 20 inches tall when fully grown - they weigh up to 70 pounds on average though some males can tip the scales at over 90 pounds!

While they are aloof and independent

Similarly to the Akita Inu, Chow Chows are also known for being independent dogs who don't need a lot of human interaction to be happy.

This can make them excellent dogs for people who work long hours or travel frequently.

Just make sure you have someone to take care of your Chow Chow while you're away!

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally not friendly to strangers, and not good with kids or dogs

Height: 17 - 20 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 40 - 70 pounds

Life expectancy: 8 - 12 years


American Eskimo Dog


The American Eskimo Dog, aka the Eskie, is a small breed of dogs that were bred for use as sled dogs.

These dogs are known for their fluffy coats and white coats.

They have long legs, big feet and thick tails which help them to move through deep snow without sinking down into it too much!

American Eskimo Dogs stand at around 18 inches tall when fully grown - they weigh up to 35 pounds on average though some males can tip the scales at over 45 pounds!

Essentially, they're the smaller versions of Alaskan Malamutes, with similar skills as a sled dog, and equally adorable.

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally easygoing and friendly

Height: 9 - 12 inches (toy ); 12 - 15 inches (miniature ); 15 - 19 inches (standard )

Weight: 6 - 10 pounds (toy); 10 - 20 pounds (miniature); 25 - 35 pounds (standard)

Life expectancy: 13 - 15 years


Keeshond


The Keeshond is a small breed of old dogs (genetically) that were bred for use as watchdogs on boats that sailed through canals.

These dogs are known for their fluffy coats and black-and-gray coats.


Keeshonds stand at around 17 inches tall when fully grown - they weigh up to 35 pounds on average though some males can tip the scales at over 45 pounds!


Similar to Samoyeds, Keeshonds make great family pets because they're loyal companions who love nothing more than spending time with people - especially children.

They're also one of the few dog breeds that aren't typically

So essentially, when adopting a Keeshond into your family, you're getting a very sticky bear that will not leave your side.

Breed Information

Temperament: Generally friendly with everyone

Height: 18 inches (male),17 inches (female)

Weight: 35 -45 pounds

Life expectancy: 12 - 15 years


Samoyed


The Samoyed, aka the Sammie, is a medium-sized dog that were bred for use as sled dogs. They were also once used to herd reindeer and hunt!

These dogs are known for their fluffy coats and white coats.

They're one of the most adorable breeds on earth - in fact, they look very similar to the American Eskimo Dog, except that Samoyeds are slightly larger.

They're also pack dogs - since they were once used to hunt, they get along very well with other dogs, and people. Because of that, they make excellent family pets.

Breed Information

Temperament: Very friendly with everyone

Height: 21 - 23.5 inches (males), 19 - 21 inches (females)

Weight: 45 - 60 pounds (males), 35 -50 pounds (females)

Life expectancy: 12 - 14 years


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Frank Harrigan

Frank loves tacos and dogs - the good, bad and ugly sides of dog ownership.


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