One of the oldest breeds, this bearlike dog is known for his independent nature.

Vital Stats

Height: 17 to 20 inches at shoulder
Weight: 40 to 70 pounds (males average 62 pounds, females average 47 pounds)
Coat: thick, rough or smooth
Life span: 12 to 15 years

This distinctive-looking dog has a proud, independent spirit that some describe as catlike. He can be aloof–if you’re looking for a cuddle buddy, this probably isn’t the best breed for you–and downright suspicious of strangers.

But for the right person, he’s a fiercely loyal companion.

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