The Canaan dog is the National Breed of Israel and is known for his ability to solve problems.
Body: Square, strong, and athletic with a deep chest and well-sprung ribs
Coat: Straight, harsh, and flat outer coat with a straight, short, and soft undercoat
Color: Most often black and white but also found in tan, golden, or cream colors
Ears: Medium sizes, broad at the base and rounded at the tips
Eyes: Dark and almond-shaped
Feet: Cat-like and well-padded with strong nails
Head: Wedge-shaped and arched with a somewhat pronounced stop
Legs: Forelegs are straight and somewhat sloping. Hind legs are straight with well-developed and muscular thighs
Neck: Muscular and well-arched
Weight: 37 – 57 pounds (16 – 25kg)
Height: 19 – 24 inches (48 – 61cm)
Tail: Curled and carried up over the back
Recommended for experienced dog handlers
The Complete Dog Book by the American Kennel Society says the Canaan dog is, “Alert, vigilant, devoted and docile with his family. Reserved and aloof with strangers.” The Canaan dog is highly intelligent, loyal and hard working and is known for his ability to solve problems.
Canaans are self-confident, territorial, independent, and vigilant watchdogs. He is keenly alert and will warn you vocally of any sound or movement perceived as threatening to his family or territory. As for the intruder, if human, he will restrain from aggression and stand back continuing to bark until you have commanded him to stop. However, he can become aggressive with smaller animals he sees as prey.
He is an independent dog without the need for constant companionship. He does, however, need a great deal of mental and physical exercise to prevent boredom. A bored Canaan will find his own means of entertainment such as digging in the yard and barking or whining. Repetition of the same task or game won’t keep his attention for long. His training and exercise should be varied, and should be rewarded with treats and positive encouragement.
Because of his independence and his ability to think and solve problems, it is recommended he begin and continue to receive obedience training and socialization from an early age. Keep in mind that he sees you as his equal and expects you see him that way too. Be firm but treat him with respect if you want him to obey you.
AKC Group: Herding Group
Used as a sentry dogs, for herding, to guard livestock, for tracking, and in search and rescue missions.
Care and Grooming
Exercise: Moderate daily exercise
Grooming: Should be brushed weekly except during shedding season when daily brushing will be necessary
Life Expectancy: 12 – 13 Years
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