In fact, would you believe us if we told you that the bear’s closest relative is the seal?
Seals, who are pinnipeds, are also considered caniforms. It’s thought they evolved from caniforms into the aquatic creatures they are now. Also in the caniform family are wolves, weasels, and skunks!
Bears are considered part of the ursidae subgroup within the caniform group. Wolves and dogs are part of the canidae group, and weasels are part of the mustelidae group.