Canaan Dog

The Canaan dog is thought to be one of the oldest dog breeds still alive today. Drawings in tombs dating to 2000 BCE have been located depicting a dog that bears striking resemblance to today's modern Canaan dog. Because Middle Eastern herding dogs in ancient history were used to keep their herds from straying and to protect the flock from predators, it is assumed that the Canaan dog was used for the same purposes. For a brief period in time, these dogs lost their place in society and retreated to the hilly deserts. It was in 1935 that the dogs were acquired by Dr. Rudolphia Menzel, and a breeding program began. The new generation of Canaan dog was trained for bomb detection, sentry work, and message delivery during World War II. Four dogs were imported to the United States in 1965. The breed became officially recognized in 1997 by the American Kennel Club.

The Canaan Dog is one of the most pure breeds in existence and it does not look like other herding breeds but shows great strength, agility and endurance like most herding breeds. It has long legs and is athletic and fast. It has a double coat with a soft undercoat and a coarse, straight outer coat. This breed sheds a lot so it needs regular brushing. Personality: The Canaan is a very smart and has strong instincts. It is an obedient dog that is friendly, loyal and amiable. It can be territorial and is very protective of its family. It needs daily mental and physical exercise and challenges and loves to run or herd. It is reserved towards strangers and sometimes aggressive towards other dogs. This breed also likes to make noise.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Asia
Family
Life Span
12-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
19-25 in.
Length (Female)
18-20 in.
Weight
26 - 40 lbs
Litter Size
4 - 5 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Canaan Dog is one of the most pure breeds in existence and it does not look like other herding breeds but shows great strength, agility and endurance like most herding breeds. It has long legs and is athletic and fast. It has a double coat with a soft undercoat and a coarse, straight outer coat. This breed sheds a lot so it needs regular brushing.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The Canaan is a very smart and has strong instincts. It is an obedient dog that is friendly, loyal and amiable. It can be territorial and is very protective of its family.

It needs daily mental and physical exercise and challenges and loves to run or herd.

It is reserved towards strangers and sometimes aggressive towards other dogs. This breed also likes to make noise.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & Cream Cream Gold Liver Red Tan White
Shedding
Seasonal
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

The Canaan dog has a double coat that is designed to insulate it from harsh desert climates. The climate that the dog lives in determines how thick the coat is. Professional grooming is not necessary, and the dog rarely needs to be bathed. Weekly brushings will keep the coat clean.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Very easy to train
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • These dogs are not far removed from their somewhat feral ancestry
  • They are not for first time dog owners
  • Unlike other breeds that require socialization only as a puppy, this breed requires lifetime socialization in order to get along with other animals and strangers
  • Canaan dogs are known to be dog aggressive, particularly to dogs of the same sex
  • These dogs do not make good guard dogs because they perceive almost everything to be a threat
  • This is a breed that enjoys digging; do not leave it alone in your yard if you don't want holes
  • There are only about 1,600 Canaan dogs left in the world; they are considered rare
  • The Canaan dog is not known by any other names

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Common Health Conditions in Canaan Dogs

If you are looking for a dog that does not suffer with any genetic health issues, the Canaan dog is it. This breed has no health issues that it is predisposed to. Like any other dog, it may be susceptible to gastrointestinal issues, ear infections, allergies, and injury. Routine veterinary exams can help to ensure that your Canaan dog is as healthy as it can be.

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