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Canaan Dog

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Canaan Dog AKC Group: Herding
Height: Male: 20-24 inches, Female: 19-23 inches
Weight: Male: 45-55 pounds, Female: 35-45 pounds
Colors: White with mask along with or without more color patches, or solid colors with or without a white trim
AKC recognized in: 1997

Originating from the Middle East, the ancient breed of the Canaan has been chronicled since 2200 B.C. Probably used as herd and guard dogs by the Israelites, the Canaan Dog was also used during the first and second World Wars as guard dogs and for patrolling and tracking. In the present, the Canaan Dog still is active with the aforementioned details and duties. Once thought to be confined only in the East, the Canaan Dog is now found worldwide.

Medium-sized and well-balanced, the Canaan Dog is strong and is gifted with extreme stamina and endurance. Their athleticism and agility contributing to their hard-working nature, they make great outdoor dogs, at home in the fields and plains.

Well-developed senses of hearing and smell alert the Canaan to potential danger instantly.

Considered a primitive breed, the Canaan Dog requires patience. It may be best to refer them to professionals for headache-free acclimatization and training. To prevent any ill-feelings between the owner and the Canaan Dog and other dogs, early socialization is recommended to let them be accustomed and be familiar with others. The Canaan Dog, although stubborn and slow to grow up and mature, needs a firm disciplining to instill in him the concept of master and dog.


Canaan Dog Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children two paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance five paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

Highly intelligent and loyal, the Canaan Dog can be very devoted to its family. This devotion can ultimately lead to attachment, which is very characteristic of this breed. Not liking being alone for long periods of time, the Canaan Dog thrives in being a part of a group. However, care should be taken to keep them away from small children that favor curious, sometimes rough play that may lead to tears and anger between them.

While barking not so much, but making great guard dogs nonetheless, the Canaan Dog is highly suspicious of new and unfamiliar people coming within close proximity to itself or its master. Also, it tends to be very territorial towards other animals, if they are of the same gender. Probably due to the herding history that filled its past life, the Canaan Dog will herd everything and everyone around it. Along with this herding mindset, the Canaan Dog is at home in large spaces and is not advisable for sedentary pet owners.

Health and Exercise

The Canaan Dog has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

Considered almost maintenance free, the Canaan Dog only needs a weekly brushing to keep its hair healthy and shiny. It is also advisable to give them baths and shampooing only when extremely necessary, not needing frequent cleaning.

The Canaan Dog is susceptible to various health issues such as its kneecap getting dislocated (from all that running; perhaps), eye tearing and other eye problems, elbow and hip dislocation, along with hypothyroidism.

The Canaan Dog is considered a double coat breed and sheds seasonally. The harsh, straight outer coat is short and flat, while the dense under coat is soft and supple.

The Canaan Dog greatly benefit from daily working, herding, and strenuous play. This breed can be taken walking or jogging. Lastly, they are best suited in a large fenced area to provide them with their running and walking needs.

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