An ancient breed, the Canaan Dog originated in the Middle East in 2200 B.C. They were used to herd and guard for the Israelites. This breed was also used extensively during and after WWII for guarding, tracking, and patrol. Today the Canaan Dog still performs these duties. Once a rare breed they are now firmly established in Israel, Western Europe, England, and the United States.
The Canaan Dog is well balanced, strong, and of medium-size. This elegant breed is extremely resilient and possesses endurance and stamina. They are agile, athletic, and hard working. They have keenly developed senses of smell and hearing which enables them to become instantly alert to danger.
Does your Canaan Dog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety
is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Considered to be a Primitive breed, the Canaan Dog is highly intelligent, loyal, and deeply devoted. They have a strong tendency to become overly attached to their family, and are exceedingly suspicious and wary of strangers. They make good guard dogs but do bark excessively. This breed does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. They do best in a home with older considerate children. The Canaan Dog is not suited for a home that has a same gender dog, cats, or other small household pets. Due to their herding heritage they will attempt to perform this task on anything and everything that moves. The Canaan Dog is not recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner.
This breed is virtually maintenance free. Once a week brushing will suffice; with extra care given during seasonal shedding. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. The Canaan Dog is prone to such health issues as patella luxation, eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, and hypothyroidism.
If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet
The Canaan Dog is a double coat breed. The outer coat is harsh, straight, flat, and short. The under coat is soft and dense. The color of the coat comes in two distinct patterns: white with mash, and solid colored with or without white trim. Solid coat colors range from black, sandy, red, liver, and all shades of brown. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
It is vitally important to remember that the Canaan Dog is a primitive breed. They are slow to mature, independent, and stubborn. This breed requires an experienced owner and trainer. Early socialization and obedience are an absolute must. Canaan Dogs will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods but does need to be shown who is dominant. Training must be done with firmness, respect, fairness, patience, and consistency. They are easily bored with repetition. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay
is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Canaan Dog puppy.
Consider crate training
if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Canaan Dog requires an inordinate amount of strenuous physical exercise as well as mental stimulation. They greatly benefit from working, herding, and family play sessions. This breed makes an excellent walking, jogging, and hiking companion. They do best in a home with a large safely fenced area where they are able to romp and run freely. Canaan Dogs will do okay in an apartment provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation. Socialization
is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 45-55; Female: 35-45 lbs
Male: 20-24; Female: 19-23 inches
may be either predominantly white with mask with or without additional color patches, or solid color with or without white trim.
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