This popular Japanese breed was bred to be a mountain working dog, like many others we've highlighted.


The Great Pyrenees, named for the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, can be mistaken for a polar bear due to its white coat and massive bulk.

Great Pyrenees

Ancient China created the chow chow. A thick mane (or ruff) makes these dogs look cuddly (and bear-like), and they have a hairy coat and powerful build.

Chow Chow

Samoyeds are Siberian spitz dogs. These smart, strong dogs were bred for polar expeditions.


Maremma Sheepdogs aren't the most well-known breed, but they achieved recognition after three puppies were found alive in an Italian hotel.

Maremma Sheepdog

Ovcharkas, also called Caucasian Shepherd Dogs, were bred in the Russian mountains, thus they're strong.


The Alaskan Malamute was bred for strength and endurance as a sled dog and hound. Similar to the Greenland Dog, Canadian Eskimo Dog, Siberian Husky, and Samoyed.

Alaskan Malamute

Pomeranians have rounded ears and puffy coats that make them resemble teddy bears. They're curious and confident.


The Eurasier is a confident, well-balanced dog that loves being with its family (thus its name). The Eurasier is another bear-like breed with thick fur, especially around its head. It's a good watchdog.


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