10 Dog Breeds That Resemble Bears


Smart and beautiful, Eurasiers are a mix of chow chow, "wolfspitz," and Samoyed breeds. They're calm, standing up to 24 inches tall, and weighing 40-70 pounds.


Originating from Russia, Samoyeds resemble polar bears, especially as puppies. They're friendly, with luxurious white fur needing regular grooming.

Chow Chow

Ancient companions to Chinese nobles, chow chows are dignified and loyal, but aloof with strangers. They stand up to 20 inches tall and weigh up to 70 pounds.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Massive and protective, Caucasian shepherds resemble small bears. They're loyal watchdogs, but require experienced owners.


Small but confident, Pomeranians resemble teddy bears. They're energetic and popular as toy breeds.


Friendly and energetic, keeshonds served as guards on Dutch vessels. They have unique "spectacles" markings around their eyes.

Great Pyrenees

Gentle giants resembling polar bears, Great Pyrenees are loyal and patient. They were bred as herding dogs in the Pyrenees Mountains.

Newfoundland Dog

Massive and gentle, Newfoundlands are nicknamed "nanny dogs" for their care over children. They were originally bred as working dogs for fishermen.


Independent and loyal, Akitas were bred to hunt in Japan. They're wary of strangers but devoted to their families.


Majestic and gentle, Leonbergers were bred for companionship. Despite their size, they're calm and make good watchdogs.