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Dogs & bears are in the same order, Carnivora, but different families (dog is Canidae, bear is Ursidae). According to this classification dogs & bears are no more related to each other than each is to cats (order Carnivora, family Felidae).

Some taxonomists classify creatures into intermediate classifications, such as "suborders" & "suprafamilies" & such. According to some, the order Carnivora contains the suborder Feliformia (cat-like) & Caniformia. Suborder Caniformia contains the family Canidae & the infraorder Arctoidae. Infraorder Arctoide contains the superfamily Ursoidae, which contains the family Ursidae (bears) & the extinct bear-like family Hemicyonidae.

All of this is trying to say that bears & dogs are more closely related to each other than to cats, but not quite in the same family.

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