Keep in mind that not everyone wants a dog that looks like a bear. Unlike these puppies that seem like teddy bears, these canines look like bears in part because they are enormous — in some cases, incredibly big.
These white, fluffy canines tend to be docile unless one of their flock is in danger. Great Pyrenees are native to the Pyrenees Mountains, which separate France and Spain.
Chow Chows, especially the rough-coated kind, are robust bundles of puff with short noses, deep eyes, and a mane of fur around the face. They are perhaps the beariest of dogs that look like bears.
It's possible that the water-loving, tongue-out bear you saw wasn't actually a bear at all. Perhaps he is a Newfoundland! Developed as a maritime worker dog in the frigid province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
The Caucasian shepherd dog, also known as the Caucasian Ovcharka or the Russian bear dog, was developed as a powerful and fearless protector of flocks in the Caucasus Mountains, which serve as a physical barrier between Europe and Asia.
Samoyeds are friendly and outgoing dogs that were developed in Siberia and northern Asia to endure extreme cold. These "polar bear dogs" can now survive the hot summer months indoors with ease thanks to modern air conditioning.
A Pomeranian dog may be the only real-life creature that resembles a plush toy more. The Pomeranian didn't make the cut for "dogs that look like foxes," but that doesn't mean their foxy personality fade as they get older.
The Keeshond is a medium-sized bear dog breed that makes a wonderful pet and devoted family member. To keep company on the water, Dutch bargemen bred these bundles of grey, black, and cream fur.
The Eurasier is a medium-sized dog with many of the same benefits as the Keeshond, including a bear-like look and a need to spend time with his human family. It wasn't until the 1960s and 1970s that the purebred breed known as Eurasiera was created.
Want to bulk up a bit? Want some filler? Is a bear-shaped puppy what you're after? The Tibetan Mastiff comes highly recommended. This bear-like dog was first developed as a guard dog in the Himalayas.